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A blog dedicated to the The Mid Century Modern era, approximately 1945-1975. Posts will feature real estate (residential and commercial) designs, fashion and furnishings from that era. Couture Academy projects will be highlighted at least once a month if not more. Enjoy! 

MidCentury Modern Weekly: North Carolina 1960s beauty, Richard Neutra, Chicago Area Estate Sale

Courtesy: Inside Weather 

  • This 1960s North Carolina residence is such a steal. 
  • Interesting article on whether MidCentury Modern knock-offs on the market now infringe copyrights. 
  • Great Estate sale with lot of MidCentury Modern furnishings this weekend in Glenview, Ill. No typewriters from what I can tell. 
  • Great photo of Richard Neutra house for sale.
  • 1959 Houston home is being advertised as a 'rare opportunity to restore.' It was once part of a local Parade of Homes. Check out that unique slatted screen front. 

That's it have a great MCM week, friends. 

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More Mid Century Modern Homes on the Market: rare 1965 Lake Forest, IL abode with atrium, Mandy Moore's home, Harry Seidler's Legacy

courtesy: Curbed

 Here's your round-up of all homes Mid Century Modern across the ocean and fruited plains:

  • Midwesterners will tell you that they don't get enough sun so it's no surprise that architects try to capture sunshine wherever they can. This 1965 home does just that with this thoughtful atrium, which brings loads of light inside. I can only imagine what the space is like when there's snow falling. Magical. 
  • This 1959 Northridge, Calif. residence is on the market. The place to be if you love palm trees and sunshine everyday. 
  • Not on the market, a the new owner of this Los Angeles Mid Century Modern ranch home respected the wishes of the previous owner to retain as much original detail as possible. 
  • And from Australia, we have a look at Modernist Harry's Seidler's legacy
  • Actress Mandy Moore rescued (with designer help) a Pasadena Mid Century Modern home from a hideous 1990s overhaul. 

That's it for now. Enjoy the weekend. Maybe your...

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Mid Century Modern Homes on the Market: Richard Neutra, Living in Bob Rummer and more

 

courtesy: Curbed

2019 will be a great year for Mid Century Modern homes on the market. While those in Palm Springs and Hollywood tend to generate the most news, $ and make headlines, there are plenty of overlooked gems particularly in the Mid West.  

  • Richard Neutra isn't known for homes in the Mid West, but rather the West Coast. Here are some homes he designed have been in the news lately. First, there's the San Francisco house that was demolished the city demanded be rebuilt, now there's this 1956 Hollywood House - documented by famed photographer Julius Shulman - that's looking for a buyer. The twist? Buyers must either be content to live in the house or relocate it elsewhere. The residence cannot be demolished.
  • Here's a beautiful 1959 Houston home that's on the market. It's got a pink bathroom, an original stove in the kitchen, the kind of details only a Mid Century Modern aficionado would love. Plus, it's never flooded. 
  • An easy walk into...
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Mid Century Modern Homes in The News: Brooklyn, New York and the Best of 2018

courtesy: Brown Harris Stevens

The Museum of Science and Industry has celebrated the 50th anniversary of the U.S. putting a man on the moon with a moon room, circa 1968. In keeping with the holiday spirit, it even has a tinsel Christmas tree. But the room won't be around for long, "To The Moon and Back" exhibit ends Jan. 6

Here are some other interesting Midcentury Modern homes with their own spin on that era's decor. These are on the market:  

That's it from the world of all things Mid Century...

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Voluntary Heritage Protection for Mid Century Modern Homes - Can It Work?

photo credit: Jeroen Verrecht

That's it for today's round-up of Mid Century Modern homes in the news. Feel free to send me information about newsworthy Mid Century Modern homes in your area. [email protected]

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Millennials Love Mid Century Modern Homes - the Mad Men Influence

photo/Deb Porter Hayes 

The original Mid Century Modern era (approximately1945-1975) is long gone, but this is one era that has legs, according to House Beautiful, beyond Baby Boomer nostalgia. As the original homes get old and more expensive to fix, the demand for new interpretations of the style will grow. (Although the tear-down trend is not fully embraced by Mid Century Modern enthusiasts.)

On that note, here's some news from the Mid Century Modern residential real estate market: 

  • a 1955 New Hampshire home, designed by a disciple of modernist Walter Gropius, is on the market. 
  • The Brady Brunch house (which served for exterior shots for the popular TV series in the 1960s and 1970s) was sold in August, will be renovated. The project will be captured on film for HGTV with members of the original Brady clan on hand.  

Need to pick a seasoned real estate reporter's brain on how to get some press for your Mid Century Modern home? Let me help. ...

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Mid Century Modern Homes in The News

(Photo Courtesy of Brian Kelly/The Wall Street Journal)

Mid Century modern homes, built during the hey day of the era (roughly 1945-1975) are always in the news. They're either on the market or getting refurbished. It's especially fun to see ones that were 'remuddled' returned to life. 

This 1950s villa in the Netherlands might fall in that latter category. It was not only refurbished but expanded.  You don't need to have a designer's big bucks to overhaul a 1948 Los Angeles home and return it to its former glory but it doesn't hurt. This 1978 Dallas residence pushes the edge of modernism but it's a great showcase for art. 

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Finally, do you have a Mid Century Moderne home of your own that could use a little press? Perhaps you're thinking of putting it on the market. Or it's been on the market for a while. A story on your home in the local newspaper, magazine or a TV show could help sell your house.  I'll brain storm with you for...

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Couture Academy is Live! First Course: the Custom Couture Cocktail Hat

Friends, here's a snapshot of Vogue 8868, view E, with my own modifications. I'm using this particular pattern to teach some basic millinery techniques, specifically:

  • how to make a petersham sweatband 
  • how to apply hatband elastic
  • use buckram for your base

These are some basic millinery techniques I picked while taking classes at the School of the Art Institute. These techniques are not addressed at all in the Vogue pattern but I consider them critical. For example, a petersham sweatband will keep make up and sweat off of your hat. An elastic hatband is much more sturdy than the barrettes and clips recommended in the pattern. Finally, the buckram is the sturdy building block for your couture hat. 

So how does Couture Academy work? It's a subscription-based model, so you'll pay monthly for exclusive videos. Here is an FAQ for any questions. You might have. I will upload how-to videos for other kinds of projects: dresses, tops, skirts and other accessories. At...

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