There is a lot of buzz about Mid Century Modern design. I want to review what the design ethic is as well as its origins and vibe, and why you may want to join in fully embracing the style. Things are cyclical because people tend to forget about things and then somebody has an ‘Oh Yeah, I remember that’ or ‘Hey, that is pretty sweet’ moment and as this desire spreads, gradually the design gets picked back up again. When enough folks jump on in, the trend gains heat.
Right now, MCM design is molten lava hot! This is great because it makes it far easier to locate furnishings, both old and new that work with the feel of the era, but also bad because the market can be saturated with poor quality cookie cutter furnishings too mass produced, or just things that really don’t represent the era well.
This is a site both for the purist, as well as one who wishes to incorporate Mod design into their life. You may just want a toe in the water, love your Victorian or Edwardian home and perhaps want to incorporate some of the MCM style. So I located a few sites and have included the links to them here: http://www.homedit.com/reawakening-the-midcentury-modern-vibe/
And for a killer retro fridge with colours, take a gander here: http://bigchill.com/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=%2Bbig%20%2Bchill&utm_campaign=Search-Branded
The era was one of coming out of the war and feeling positive about new beginnings. This positive energy was put into great yet simple design with an emphasis on simplicity and entertaining. The thought was on leisure time, getting a lot more of that! Who could argue that we’ve veered off course in our greed based society currently? But also, who could argue that we long for far more ease and leisure than we currently have? It is for this very reason, unreasonable work- loads and long office hours, coupled with McMansions lacking in design integrity, that I feel is the driver of these passions that cause folks to literally line up to buy one of these MCM homes when they hit the market in Dallas (and elsewhere). The bidding wars get intense!
The bidding wars get intense! I fin-ah-ly got the home I am now typing in, because it was a not yet on the market pocket listing. My realtor (patient for nearly 3 years) got a call and it was a home with most of my requirements in my price range and in one of the areas we wanted. Still, this little man called my realtor daily asking if the deal with me had fallen through yet and could he look at the house and submit a backup offer.
Keeping The Faith! IF you are out searching, don’t settle and don’t give up your hopes. And I say this as one who grew gray, cried and got very down and filled 3 journals with notes, addresses and favourite zip codes and homes! You know you’ve been house shopping a while when the same homes pop back up on the market. What is depressing? Bidding on them again and still missing out. So, if you are searching, breath and here my words: The perfect house is going to happen in the perfect moment for me…say these words in the mirror daily as you smile at your reflection. I journaled the things I had to have, which for me was terrazzo floors, window walls a large living entertaining area and a huge kitchen. YAYEE ME!!!!! Yayee you, very soon!
I joke that on this home I paid the prior owner alimony to buy this house from her. It was the 2nd time this place went on the market and she never got to live here because her partner didn’t want to budge from their amazing space in Seattle, not even during the winters. So, 1.5 years later, I got it but for $75k more than I would have paid the original owners and no, she didn’t remodel a thing. Alimony. But sometimes you have to pay to play and we are very happy with our alimony terrazzo and window walls here!
The Inside Is Outside Is Inside Vibe – Can you dig it? Our home wraps around an atrium/patio area. This classic feature visually expands the space as well as being perfect for entertaining and Plants! I adore plants and the clean oxygen they give off! So now I am on the hunt for some groovy vintage plastic kite chairs at hopefully a bagain.
These homes exude peace and groovy style while many are very easy maintenance, for example terrazzo, seriously strong and gorgeous! Easy to steam mop and ok, window walls do need periodic cleaning but I have a battery operated squeegee, the Karcher WV50, for that! Spray on, vac off…Spray on, vac off (wax on, wax off…yes, copying).
Before setting to remodel, live in your home at least 6 months, unless something dire just cannot wait. I say this from the experience that, with architectually significant homes, you will find they do tell you what they need, and what they don’t, if you are open to listening. So before you totally rip out that kitchen or bath, or upgrade your glass walls, sit back and listen first. Whatever you end up doing will benefit from this bonding time with your middy.
I welcome comments and questions. Be blessed in a home well dressed.