mid-century modern

Lately I’ve found myself gravitating more towards mid-century modern homes, buildings, and architecture. I’ve always had an affinity towards MCM furniture, but have focused primarily on homes built in the 19th century or around the turn of the 20th century. I love the apartment I currently live in, which was built in 1800, but  now I’m really craving the streamlined, minimalist qualities of an MCM home. I especially love the designs that embrace the relationship between outdoors and indoors with large windows and structural features that extend beyond the indoor perimeters. Of course, living in one those beautiful homes would mean moving to the suburbs and I just love being downtown, so this will remain a fantasy for at least a few more years.  This is my MCM porn. Ohh yeah.

This was a 1960’s office building renovated to accommodate a living space. Two of my favorite things all rolled up in one delicious space!

Seriously. I’m drooling.

One of my favorite blogs devoted to mid-century modern design is mid-century MODERN LOVE. A couple weeks ago the author, Brandy, held a giveaway for any awesome print by Visual Philosophy and guess who won! This is the one I chose.

It looks terrific in person. I’m so excited to frame it and get it up!

Gotta run, the game’s on. GO CATS!



Brrr…it’s a cold day in Kentucky, guys. I’m wrapped in a blanket on my couch, refusing to go back outside, ever. I can avoid the weather for the rest of the night, but I think it’s time to stop avoiding my blogging duties. Truth is, I kind of started to hate this blog and really wanted to just forget it exists. My writing style sucks and I can never come up with good ideas for posts. That being said, I want to embrace a new attitude about myself in 2012 to hopefully gain a renewed, confident outlook in my personal life, and in turn, my blog life. Starting with:

1. I will not put myself down. Ever.

2. I will be on time for everything, all of the time.

3. I will hone my cooking skills by cooking at home more often.

4. I will be more diligent in updating my blog.

5. I will read more books.

6. I will take better care of my health.

Because of my innate inability to reach my goals, I usually don’t make New Year resolutions; however, I believe I’m finally mature enough to challenge myself and better myself in the process. The time thing will definitely be the biggest challenge of all!


Now for the exciting stuff:

2012 Apartment Goals!

1. Buy a bed frame (do this soon!)

2. Hang shelving unit in the living room

3. Scrape peeling paint in bathroom; repaint

4. Plant a large indoor houseplant, and keep it alive!

5. Find or create a headboard

6. Replace bedroom rugs

7. Hang curtains

8. Frame and hang artwork

9. Find a better TV stand

10. Get rid of unused furniture

11. Declutter!! (nintendo games, dvds, closets, everything!)

12. Conjure up a cheap/fun backsplash in kitchen


Yep, lots to do in the next 361 days…starting now!


open house

I’ve got some exciting stuff here, people, if you think rehab is as thrilling as I do! Remember when I said I wanted to see this house? Well, I got my wish! My real estate agent (more on that later) sent me pictures of the interiors. There’s not much to view, but that’s more than enough to get my gears turning and thinking of the grand possibilities this space holds. Man, I just love a blank canvas with which I can do pretty much anything, but I’m not ready to take the dive into a full-blown renovation. Yet. Feast your eyes and your mind.

Gorgeous. But as you can see, this is bare-bones.

Original pine pocket doors. Two sets. F’real.

Original staircase remains. Since these photos are all I have to go by, I am just speculating here–but I would design the whole house around this thing. I’d create a balcony at the landing, leaving it open to a large area below. And keep the wood dark. Yum.

Someone needs to rehab this thing and let me follow them around like a lost puppy the entire time, slurping up every drop of experience. What do you think: a dangerous money pit or an enticing challenge?

not-so-extreme makeover…

…but still awesome anyway. Ok, so sorry about the delay in posting, my dear one reader, I promise to do better in the future. I just know you’ve been hanging on the edge of your seat to see what I’m going to say next. That last post left a bad taste in my mouth, so I decided I should write about something positive happening in my neighborhood. A couple of small, delapidated houses the next street over are in the midst of going through a little rehab. Behold:


Currently, they look like this:



Nothing too fancy, but they were completely gutted and reinforced structurally. Nothing makes me happier than seeing older homes restored and preserved where possible. I love it when people can see potential in structures without resorting to demolition as the only option. Just warms my little heart.

I would love to see something done to this vacant house or better yet, I would love to do something to it. Baby steps, Tamara, baby steps.

By the way, if you live in Lexington, do you know about the Fayette Co. PVA website? That’s where I found my “before” pictures, you can search any property in Lexington and find information about it. Addictive.

Are there properties in your neighborhood that have undergone extensive rehab? I’d love to hear about it!