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!

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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?

land’s end’s end

Have you all heard about this? Completely ruined my day. “Land’s End,” a 1902 mansion in New York that many claim inspired The Great Gatsby was demolished this week to make room for five more homes worth $10 million each. Disgusting. Read these articles on Curbed and ABC News. I can understand the developer’s reasoning that the $30 million price tag on the home plus the cost of renovating the place deters buyers. So lower the price by about 29 mil, dumbass. Surely to God someone would’ve paid a couple million to restore a huge piece of American history. Now we’ll never know. Check out these beautiful pictures from the ’70’s or ’80’s when this home was still a gem, found on Curbed via Old Long Island.

I die for original wood paneling on walls. And those built-in bookshelves? Comfortingly cozy. I wonder where those wood/metal chairs are now…

Can you imagine sitting on that sofa looking out into the ocean? Heaven.

I would curl up with a good book in this sunny room. And that tiger-skin rug with the green lattice and floral patterns? Love it.

Now go look at Jen Ross’s photos of Land’s End in all its deteriorated glory. Hauntingly beautful. Hard to understand how someone could let it get to that condition. Hard to believe it’s all gone now.