Atomic Ranch is back for our live show and tour, “Restoring or Renovating Your Midcentury Modern Home,” at Modernism Week Fall Preview in Palm Springs.

Last February we did something big—the Atomic Ranch team put together our first-ever seminar, “Restoring or Renovating Your Midcentury Modern Home: Seminar + Tour.” Yours truly moderated the panel, which included Howard Hawkes and Kevin Kemper of H3K Design and Steve Shields of Shields Residential.

We can’t go big just once, now can we?

Once again I’m prepping my questions and getting ready for a trip to the desert, because “Restoring or Renovating Your Midcentury Modern Home: Seminar + Tour” is back this fall!

Come for a discussion with AR editor Sarah Jane Stone and contractor expert Steve Shields, then tour a local renovation success.

What is the seminar?

Steve will rejoin me on the stage on Oct. 22, 2017, for a discussion on the real issues that owners of midcentury homes face. For those still on the hunt for their dream ranch, it shares red flags to keep an eye out for. For those planning their renovation, it talks about how to build the right team and set a realistic budget. For those knee-deep in drywall dust, expect solutions, ideas and hope for the light at the end of the tunnel.

We also get into the hot-button topic of preservation. How do we balance renovation with restoration? What do we do when we can’t save an original feature? Is it a mod architectural no-no to take down a wall? We’ll even reserve time for questions and answers and show real life examples of restoration ideas.

Return to Palm Springs and get live feedback to your renovation questions, Oct. 22, 2017.

You mentioned a tour?

After the seminar, attendees will get to see things that were just discussed come to life in one of Steve’s projects— a successfully renovated local midcentury home. The tour is an excellent opportunity to engage hands-on by to talking to the team, asking questions, taking pictures and gleaning inspiration.

Who is Steve Shields?

As a Palm Springs local, mid mod enthusiast and owner of custom building and remodeling company Shields Residential, Steve will share his expert insights and opinions—giving attendees the information needed for successful projects. Steve has worked on some truly incredible homes, including homes by Cody, Wexler, A. Quincy Jones and Alexander/Krisel. Plus, he’s part of the team that has brought new Eichler homes to the desert.

Come join me at Modernism Week’s Fall Preview and be sure to attend “Restoring or Renovating Your Midcentury Modern Home: Seminar + Tour“—you won’t want to miss out.


Sarah Jane Stone is the editor of Atomic Ranch, has a deeply held passion for all things vintage, a weak spot for handmade pottery and loves wearing neutrals for their chic simplicity. She is endlessly restyling her coffee table and, along with her husband, is on a lifelong hunt for the next best cup of coffee (preferably in a stylish mug). Catch behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, weekly Etsy finds and more by following her on Instagram @sarahjanestone_editor.