Knowing what I know now from my Hippocrates training and years devoted to all things organic and planet saving, it was time to retire my current high end sofa and look specifically at eco friendly and non toxic choices. This was hard! My search led to companies no longer in business, or they stopped making what I wanted. Being of particular taste, I found the task daunting at best. Most of us spend a ton of time on the sofa. Most are filled with fire retardants, toxic glues, stain resistant chemical treatments and foam that out-gas into our environment. As the chemicals break down, it doesn’t get any better. Being the couch sloth that I sometimes am, I wanted to avoid all this.
Some sofas use natural latex rather than foam, and this is brilliant. The seat is super comfy (my bed is made of natural latex) and the stuff lasts forever. Other manufacturers use eco foam, a better choice than the regular high density off gassing variety and then there is the fill, perhaps eco feather and the fabric itself along with any stain inhibiting chemical stew du jour. Below are my findings on a few places you can go to find a more eco friendly choice and with style. I will leave it to you just how far down the rabbit hole you choose to go.
This sofa, the Kardiel Woodrow Mid-Century Modern Box, is both reasonably priced and gorgeous, while doing some things right, such as the hardwoods and mostly natural fabric choice. Did I mention it is drop dead gorgeous and made entirely by hand? Less than half price, truly a bargain. For those with kitties, I LOVE that there is nothing to scratch on the back and arms of this thing! We currently have claw marks all over the back of our leather sectional I paid $6500.00 for.
If you are more into cashmere wool, this Kardiel option, the Jackie, comes in a sofa or sectional
Or perhaps you like it real funky? Check out the Kardiel Cubix Modern
Another place to go shopping is Stem Goods, where they make everything with the reduction of toxins at the forefront. You can get latex cushions here as well as a good choice of natural fabrics. https://www.stemgoods.com/our-story
Yet another cool spot to shop is Eco First Art, where you can find artists who have designed pieces ranging in price and materials as well as styles. There are numerous nods to the MCM designers of the day. http://ecofirstart.com/
West Elm has one eco focused sofa, The Harmony, where the eco-weave fabric, is made from spent plastic bottles. It’s got non-eco foam, but it is super comfy, we sat in it at the store.
We finally ended up at Mitchel Gold + Bob Williams where the company, since inception, has held a focus on sustainable, planet healthy practices with an eye on high design. Oh and the products are made in America. (proudly waving my flag)http://www.mgbwhome.com/
My husband insisted we sit on whatever we were going to buy so rather than taking this online which was my plan, we went local. I wanted latex but I…this is very hard to say… compromised with eco foam and feather. We sat in every sofa and sectional at MGBW and finally chose the Hunter. It will look lovely floating over our terrazzo floor and hopefully be a sink in comfortable as our old sofa.
Good luck in your choices and happy shopping!
Part of what attracted me to Mid-Century Modern design is the simplicity and openness of the architecture, the wedding of outdoor and indoor spaces, thus creating a delightful blur between us and the rest of nature with window walls and sliding glass doors that invite us to explore beyond the four walls. While you can still fill it all up, this type of architecture begs for simplicity and looks its’ very best sparse. Sparing in both landscape and furnishings works to showcase the design and create expansiveness. Most MCM homes were not large sprawls but under 2500 sq feet. Mine is 2105 and I had to significantly pare down and squeeze into it. 2 years in, I have given up a leather lounge set and other furnishings too substantial, too heavy and large to fit comfortably. Our home looks fairly spacious and I am continuing to reduce things.
To get you into the vibe, check out William Krisel’s Palm Springs: The Language of Modernism. And you don’t have to live in an MCM home to appreciate a lot of the aesthetics and apply them where you are right now.
LET IT GO.
A few years ago, my husband and I agreed to let go of anything we either didn’t really love or didn’t use at least annually. Being fully mindful of what is used and what continues to sit year after year is eye opening. Sure, the thing may be nice or be a lovely gift but if you are not actively using it or it is not a delight to the eye, such as a piece of art, then let it go to a new home where it can live out the life intended for it and thereby create space for something you truly want or need in its place.
THINGS DON’T ALWAYS STORE WELL.
I have a neighbor who collects stuff. He wants it all for free, anything anyone doesn’t want, stuff left over at a garage sale or left curbside. He will admit it weighs him down, he has boxes and boxes of stuff and has even built a new garage and rented a storage unit to contain it all. Things don’t always store well. Fabric, rubber, materials get dry rot. Hoses, seals and belts dry out, wiring can get ruined as well. I had an opportunity to buy someone’s 1 year used high-end washer dryer set but they had been in storage for a few years. I just pictured the potential hot mess I was buying and said no. Things are made to be used and few things remain pristine and perfect for long periods unused. Buy and hold onto what you need and let the rest go.
LAND OF PLENTY.
We tend to think in terms of great deals and opportunities that come only once, sales and getting stocked up. The truth is that the universe is infinite. When we act with right action, with good intentions, the universe conspires to provide us what we need and want in our lives. There is no need for jealousy or clawing at what we want, it will happen when it’s time, when we are ready, as we plan in faith.
I will share just two. Story 1) I spent 3 years searching for a Mid-Century Modern house, they are suddenly all the rage and I completely get why, however, it made finding mine a bit of a living hell. I had notebooks filled with zip codes, prices, addresses and comments. It was a second job for me, finding our Middy. I looked so long and hard that the same houses came back on the market. You know you’ve been looking a while when that happens. As it turns out, a home I lost the first time around, came back 1.5 years later when the couple that bought it realised they would never ever move back to Dallas and sold it to me. I lucked into a pocket listing where this house had not yet gone officially back on the market, back on MLS, but the current owner called my realtor who said ‘I have your buyer’. Planning, patience, preparedness and a little kismet! Sometimes I wanted to give up, perhaps it was not meant to be. A year into the search, some friends asked me how long I was going to pursue it but my realtor said looking this length of time was not unheard of and to stay the course. So I did.
Story 2) I was laid off at work and had several deaths in the family. Coming out of a time famine where I worked exceedingly long hours most of the time at no additional compensation, which had left me losing out on a lot of personal time with family, I created a wishlist of what I wanted next. My focus was on what I wanted not what I did not want. I believe you have to think in terms of positives, of affirmations and make it so. My wishlist was 1) Not to work so hard to earn. I wanted to apply myself, but not to the point of health affecting overwork. So my goal was hourly employment if possible or a contract that limited my exposure. 2) I wanted to work from home because I get a tax write off with my office and have been working from home for 20 years. I wanted to maintain this environment if possible. 3) I wanted to better or at least maintain my current salary.
I meditated on my wishlist but was also open to the possibility that I would not get everything I wanted as I was re-inventing my work self. In the end and amazingly, an ex-coworker set me up in an amazing opportunity that provided me exactly everything on my wishlist. I was laid off a full year. During this time, I did not actively pursue employment. Instead, I focused on myself, my health and wholeness. I spent the entire year studying with Hippocrates Health Institute, which has nothing to do with Project Management or Telecommunications, but everything to do with my life and creating balance and longevity, both key to both my happiness and my future employer. I worked at being a leaf upon the wind, letting my inner voice guide me to the right decisions as I ended up with several offers.
When we stop, breath, listen to what brings us closer to peace or farther away from it, we get clear on what makes us happiest. Life is not meant to be a drudge but overall, a joy. Work should be, while at times we all get a bad day, something that brings you fulfilment. Someone job searching posted on LinkedIn all her struggles to locate work. She was making a full-time job of it and for months on end. I could hear the stress in the spaces between her words. My comment back was a suggestion she perhaps just stop. Just stop. Just relax. What brings you peace? Would you like to learn a new language or take a psychology course or go on a working trip abroad or any such something you normally would not do in a typical time famine between work and home requirements? Go, do those things and let the answers and the opportunities come to you. When we are not bruising our shins on too much dross in our lives, even grand, luxurious, nice dross, we find the space we need to co-create change in our lives. Stuff weighs down our mind. Everything we own is catalogued there, something to track and care for. Too much stuff can be overstimulating to the eye and nervous system. Less to dust is not a bad thing. Find your own comfort level with stuff, with space and here’s to co-creating your best life!
Some folks just want a box to protect them from the elements. Their needs are simple and they don’t invest a lot into their abode. As you are here, my assumption is that you have higher aspirations for your dwelling.
Each home lives differently and brings with it a vibe that you can accentuate to your liking. Just like us, though, it is important to honor the vibe by tuning into it, into what the house speaks to you about, so you get any tweaks and changes right for that particular house.
I’m blond. As a child I was quite upset I was not born dark skinned with straight hair as my best friend was. But I had to eventually come to terms with my Scandinavian/German heritage and flat accept who I am. I am not black, Hispanic or any other person of colour. I am, in fact, just a notch below albino. In this life I am a white paper girl. And that is ok. And while my hair isn’t straight or black, I love that it’s texture and curl is identical to my lovely dark skinned Hungarian mother in law.
So we all must work with what it is that we’ve got. Actually, we need to honor what we have because this is the only way that we are truly going to bring peace to it and bring out the best that we and our dwelling can be.
Homes are a shelter, firstly, but they are also spirit. Our house affects our mood even before we hit the driveway as we come home daily to it. Unfinished this and that’s, a remudle that messed things up, or just plain dirty (see other posts on cleaning tips!).
My mother once exclaimed ‘I feel so sorry for you, Suzi! All those dog toys every place! That dog is just ruining your life!’ She had it wrong. Now, if you have children’s toys all over the house, you may want to pick things up but a few toys is joy in the evidence. I went to a friends home and her children were all playing with toys in the living room. She immediately apologized and began picking them up. I said, no, let the kids play. A home should be joyful. A teacup sitting at the ledge of an otherwise clean and polished coffee table suggests joyful use. My husband left his cup in our sitting room the other day and I imagined him there, reading and sipping his tea, wondering upon all his thoughts as he reposed. Rather than immediately pick the cup up, as I typically do, I left it all day. Each time I passed, I smiled at the fact he enjoyed this room.
Most of us spend so much time at home. Those of us who don’t, are still tethered to it as a sanctuary away and apart from the outside world. Therefore, I believe the home should convey who you are on a personal level. I like to walk in a room and see how a person lives and learn more about them in this manner. I went to an estate sale in our neighborhood recently. There was a lot of stuff, most of it trash. They had crammed the house up with detritus of little to no value and filled, floor to ceiling, 3 additional sheds on property with similar worthless junk. On a conscious level, perhaps they had ceased thinking about it, decades ago, but I promise you, on a subconscious level, it wore them down.
We recently removed 2 10×6 metal storage containers the prior owner had installed. We have one more shed to remove so that the landscape can take further shape. But I wonder what is so important that 2100 square feet cannot contain it? Why have so much that your architecture and landscape take a back seat? Why be in danger of jamming a knee just trying to navigate to the bathroom?
Like a wall in an art museum, I have honed our living space, significantly paring down furniture and furnishings. What we have pops more, is easier to clean and keep up with. What we own, also owns us. Sometimes that is a very cool and groovy feeling. I loved my Porsche and I love my MR2. I love many things in my home and the home itself. To a point, I am cool with them owning me too, but also, I try to be cognizant of not acquiring too much, making things over the top where there is too much labor and maintenance as that sucks the joy out.
It is good to periodically examine how we live and if how we are doing that today still serves us. What do we want to bring into our life and what can we let go of to feel lighter, brighter and create space for something we will truly treasure?
Need some great advice to begin? I love this book by Karen Kingston, Creating Sacred Space With Feng Shui
Welcome to a new year! I have always been interested in seeing peoples’ homes, how they live, what they fill it with, as well as the design of the home itself. From a modest to quite expansive exterior, sometimes the interiors can surprise and delight. There is also some shock and horror too, but we’ll take the high road here. Let’s just say that your home choice, it’s style, its upkeep, and what you surround it with (exterior landscaping and tchotchkes) to what you fill it with inside, not only says a lot about who you are and where you want to go and be but can also be self-limiting or self-expanding.
With a new year, many people are focused on new beginnings and 2017 is a perfect time for this. Large or small, each of us, every day, has the opportunity to wind our way toward enlightenment, toward becoming more accepting of ourselves and others, more expansive, more magnanimous as well as more fun to be around.
Many delights come first from a place of need; I need to work out, get into better shape and eliminate some stress or I need a place to live that accommodates my needs well.
Yoga is a daily practice that is one of the few practices which involves the mind, the spirit, the breath and body. All are one, all are made better by doing yoga. Coming from the East, it helps us remain in the present, learn breathwork, learn to stay in the moment, while accepting what is as well as what can be. Many MCMs have alot of Asian influence in their design from the roof treatments to the pagodas and zen style window walls.
I have been in my Middy now for almost 2 years after a nearly 3 year (painful) search to find the terrazzo floors, the window walls, the fireplace, and the funk that I was (passionately) seeking. I found it interesting that there were a lot of eastern ways wrapped into Mid-Century Modern design, which is really a mash-up of many styles, including Craftsman, Edwardian, Mission, Asian, with the point of the mix to be simpler in design, in care, with ease of entertainment, centered around a garden, to bring the present, what is going on with nature, inside. These homes typically center around living area expanses where everyone can mingle with quality workmanship designed for ease of clean up and maintenance.
I have always lived in an artfully designed home. I am very thankful for that because I realise now that not everybody has that in their life. Whether it’s a trailer, yurt, cabin or house, quality and style matter (as well as quality of furnishings, comfort and clutter) because these are going to be what you see, and are therefore affected by, every day.
Some folks are bent upon collecting as much MCM period stuff as they can. While collecting is fun, think about the yoga of it. What do you currently have in your life right now that no longer serves you, that perhaps is just a dust collector? What do you have in your life that each time you sit on it, you are not comfortable? Yoga teaches us that we are empowered to re-shape ourselves, inside and out. Our middy homes, with their expansive window walls of sun and sky, encourage us to re-shape, re-tune our mindset too. Our entertainment areas, teach us that every day is a gift to be embraced, enjoyed, savoured, with others.
For the new year, I have a few recommendations for watching and reading. Just click on the coloured ink for the link that takes you to Amazon for a closer look or to purchase. The first is Baron Baptiste 40 Days to Personal Revolution. There are books I read and pass on and those I keep. After 15 years of yoga practice, this is one I keep and find always relevant. Not only are their poses with detailed explanations but I love the spiritual study all the way through.
Barbara Benagh Yoga For Beginners & Beyond, is a 3 DVD set, amazing value for $22.29. I am a big fan of going to a formal class, at least once a week. This is critical for beginners if there are any local classes offered in your area because it will help to have an instructor there to both guide you, teach you and put hands on you to adjust you as needed, while helping you learn how to self-adjust. It is important to stack the bones properly. This 3 CD set is terrific for folks who need to gain mobility due to inflexibility, injury, need to de-stress as well as folks who want to expand their ongoing practice and dive deeper safely. And my very last recommendation is the movie Minimalism, by two guys; Ryan Nicodemus & Joshua Fields Millburn (The Minimalists) who make create a blog ( http://www.theminimalists.com/)
Our Mid-Century Modern homes are made to be elegant, simple and comfortable, to create ease of movement while allowing us to take in our landscapes, our natural surroundings. Yoga is made to make you move with ease, with elegance, with comfort, while helping you embrace the landscape of the moment. The yoga of living Mid Century style! I stumbled upon the above Minimalism, movie (which is also on Netflix, or you can follow the above link and rent the movie too) and was immediately drawn to it. My brother Carl led a very austere life and did not want for things. My mother had a hole of need never filled up in this life with all that she purchased. My father taught me the honour of money and my other brother lived with his family in a smaller home filled with love, music, great food and a firm rule that anything not used within 6 months was out that door to minimise ‘stuff’. My brothers were 12 years older than me. I was a kid, but I remember going to John’s house in Seattle, with his classy new bride Judy and admiring the simplicity, the elegance of his home in Laurel Heights, walking distance from the University. All this diversity is great to look back on as a guide. Both my husband and I tend to ‘collect’. I am still working on decluttering. Our MCM home is designed to be simple, to allow the architecture to be seen and naturally lends itself to a minimal amount of ‘stuff’. Recently, I gave away a 2 sofa and chair leather set, 2 bedroom suites of furniture, amongst other things to downsize into our Middy. The space clearing continues as I arrange and sort our gorgeous new pad. Ok, speaking of space clearing, I have one other book recommendation for you. Denise Linn Sacred Space is another ‘go to’ book that I adore and actually have 2 copies of, never wanting to be without it (as I have loaned one out on a few occasions). I will warn you it is a tad woo woo, embracing Indian, Asian and mystic ways of clearing your space, to include numerology, Feng Shui, bells, incense, sage, prayers and chants; believing not much is not covered here. I used this book when selecting places to rent and both of our house purchases, as well as in shaping the landscapes, the decor and colours and so I hope that you find the book as useful and engaging as I do.
Finally, know that we are all connected and the world infinite. When you walk into your home, that is your personal space, where you leave the cares of work and whatever is going on outside, outside. When you step inside your door, you should be surrounded by what you love and feel comfort and joy. All else can go.
Let me just begin this page by stating I sure hope someone who deeply loves me, sees this, because I would love to have any of these finds! I enjoy shopping, just ask my very patient husband. So that stated, honey, I did not purchase any of the items noted below…except for the Christmas cards, purchased 2 months ago so they sorta don’t count.
So , what about you? Thinking of gifts for your favourite Mid-Century Modern fan this year? Well, I have put together some great items ranging in price from a few bucks to bigger. Just click on the links of interest to shop! Happy Holidays!
How about some adorable Charlie Brown stamps ($12.65 includes shipping) to get cards in the mail? Whether for you to spread the cheer or give to someone you love, these are forever stamps to be used at any time, even perhaps Christmas in July!
After we purchased our MCM home, I began getting these delightful retro cards every year. I adore these fun and spirited cards from the Retro Christmas Card Company. Many designs to decide from, too! ($12.00 & $4.00 shipping)
Who doesn’t want a groovy Calder inspired mobile by AtomicMobiles? (I suppose someone that already possesses a Calder) But these are well made, true in design and I know this because I have one.
Mid Century Houses Today, by Lorenzo Ottaviani, is a weighty hard cover coffee table book for both looks, educational and inspirational reasons. I soaked this stuff up when learning about and looking for my Middy as well as, because the search was such a bitch, keeping me on point, not settling, keeping hopes up and staying the course. Now I display these books and use them as reference material.
For a gift that keeps arriving, there is always the delightful read all the way through Atomic Magazine, $19.95.
And for the well stocked MCM kitchen, who would NOT love this ensemble? Atomic Dreams Linen Kitchen Set! Potholder, apron and oven mitt and a dish towel, $32.00 and free shipping.
I love this flowery tea towel! This yummy jacquard print is by Split P, it’s hip and mod.
This retro butterfly flask ($10.00 and free shipping) really sets a groovy tone and looks way more expensive than it is! Perfect for cocooning in a corner by the fire or display on the bar.
And this set of 6 retro floral cocktail napkins are hand made! ($11.99 & $3.94 shipping)
Same price, and hand made by the same artist, this pastel set of 6 retro floral cocktail napkins.
OMG, what is NOT to like about this Lava Lamp Ice Bucket by destination PSP! ($58.00 & $4.49 shipping) I’m dying over the lucite topper, and those colours!
You get 6 rather stunning rocks glasses for $34.95 and free shipping. Not sure you can beat that. They are gorgeous and manly….but I like it too.
Everybody wants to look and feel shaggadelic. I rep for Miessence which is a certified organic skin and body care line with a few enzymatic home care products too. It’s easy to shop online but harder to find pure organic ‘skinfood’ like this. Take a look and I am here for any questions you have. Give the gift of healthy, safe, potent and pure beauty! (see more about health stuff at my other blog, puretemple.org) https://www.miessence.com/puretemple/en/category/1/skincare
So…let us say you know someone who loves modern, but they’ve got a sofa or chair with chunky legs. Upate that look with these 7″ MCM tapered legs, which come in finish options! $29.97 & free shipping is a bargain!
The blue on this retro set of 5 shot glasses is stunning. Perfect for the individual who appreciates something truly from the era. ($58.99 & $24.50 Shipping)
This vintage hand blown bowl, below, would look awesome on somebody’s coffee table filled with nuts or chocolates. $249.99 & $24.50 shipping makes it yours.
The simplicity of this amber Blenko style glass is classic. $60.00 & $4.49 shipping is nicely priced.
The strong and silent type, Man’s face planter, great for many things from agave to fern. $160.3.4 & $6.98 Shipping makes it so.
For some hip music, I personally know this guy. He not only is a great family man, but a fantastic entertainer! We hired him to play at our housewarming and you’d swear to it that it was 1962 all over again. This is cheap and fabulous if you like the era of Dean and martinis.
Ricki Derek’s Holiday album is fantastic. $1.39..cheap and fantastic. How often are these two things combined?
And non holiday Ricki Derek:
And Crack of Noon:
Looking for something hippy for her? Check out this boho bag! $21.99 & free shipping makes it very cool.
Mood ring anyone? Hand made in 14k Gold, $125.00 & $4.52 shipping, make someone smiley faced!
Happy shopping and may the season and coming new year bless you with gifts of health, prosperity, great food, fun, dear friends and family!
What an amazing bookshelf, love at first site. I believe this just makes my dreams come true from a design aesthetic, and I truly need this in my home. How to woo it? While I have purchased vehicles that cost more than this shelving unit, it would be a hard sell to my adoring and very practical husband. What I have now are two metal Ikea shelving units that came with our house. What I want is this dream floating off the gray terrazzo as the Design Gods intended.
Both striking in design, quality of materials and ample room to put books, magazines, and tchotchkes upon, it is a great piece, not to mention companion pieces that go with it. Both at home in new modern, Mid-Century modern, upscale industrial and Edwardian, this is sure to grace a few truly magnificent homes while still quietly commanding your attention.
The bookshelf comes in two sizes with satin or gloss brass over aluminum and hand applied concrete impasto shelves.
Dimensions: 7’10 1/2″ Lx 1′ 3 3/4″Wx6′ 10 5/8″H
and 5′ 10 7/8″Lx1′ 3 3/4″Wx6′ 10 5/8″H
I have not stopped dead in my tracks over a bookshelf in a long time. This is art. https://deringhall.com/cortland-bookshelf-by-atelier-d-amis
Price upon request: https://deringhall.com/cortland-bookshelf-by-atelier-d-amis
I am not an affiliate marketer for Consort-design.com, but it won’t stop me from reporting on this gorgeous desk. With the dimensions being 50Wx28Dx30H, its a great size for using as a desk or in a foyer.
Acrylic was used extensively in MCM design, and don’t you love the hairpin legs? $1600.00 and you can switch out the acrylic top for, say, marble or cerused oak. In the switch, you could make the desk longer or shorter as well. This piece is fantastic floated in a room or against a wall or window.
Wouldn’t this Kate Spade Acrylic desk set go lovely? Love the brass adding just the right pop against the dark hairpin legs of the desk.
Sadly, I am not an affiliate marketer for Ligne Roset, but that just cannot stop me from sharing this delightful coatrack with you! What entryway, would NOT benefit from the Estenda coatrack pictured here? My husband would say right here that ours wouldn’t but he would be adorably incorrect.
Anybody into MCM knows teak and walnut are huge for the era. This little gem of a coatrack is striking eye candy unadorned by hat, keys or coat. It is nearly a shame to cover any portion of it up, but of course, you will.
Designed by Busetti Garuti Redaelli, the piece is natural varnished solid American Walnut with your choice of nickel or brass-plated steel, it is height adjustable with gliders for added stability. I personally want the brass finish. Brass is en vogue once again with many hardware treatments done in what I term ‘sexy brass’ which is a rich, creamy, golden brass and not the cheesy 80’s high polished version that makes the nose crinkle up. About $1000.00 and it can be yours!
Here is the store locator and specifically Dallas, however if you are out of the area, just plug in your city for locations nearby. https://www.ligne-roset.com/us/store-locator/?city=dallas
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.