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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! 

The MidCentury Modern Show: Podcast Episode 2: Matt Amman, Founder of MidCentury Modern Milwaukee

courtesy: Matt Amman

Friends, my second podcast episode is live on iTunes. Tune in here

Matt Amman, founder of MidCentury Modern Facebook group, talks about how Modernism flourished in Wisconsin - the Milwaukee and Madison area, largely thanks to Frank Lloyd Wright's proteges. 

Amman himself lives in a MidCentury Modern home himself. Hear him share passion for all things Mid Century Modern, how he and neighbors who also own modernist homes, gather regularly over cocktails. The only things missing from their gatherings are "Mad Men" inspired attire. 

He discusses architect Donald Grieb, who designed the Mitchell Park Domes (1955), one of the largest installations of Modernism in Milwaukee, Eero Saarinen's War Memorial Center (1957) among other notable commercial structures in the city. 

Want to learn more about Mid Century Modernism in Milwaukee? Hear Realtor Lori Foulke talk about how to she and her husband a 1950s MCM home in my premiere podcast...

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The MidCentury Modern Show: Episode 1: Realtor Lori Foulke

Courtesy: Lori Foulke

Courtesy: Sara Stathas/Atomic Ranch

Talk about an amazing place for a podcast interview. I got to sit in the light-filled dining room part of Foxpoint, Wisc. Realtor Lori Foulke's 1953 one-level home that she shares with her husband Bill Wood. 

The couple bought the house, designed by University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana alum, architect Howard E. Schroeder. The couple took a 'Reduce, Reuse and Repair' approach to restoring the house to its original appearance. 

What was most helpful was a set of blueprints on the walls on the inside of a front closet. Become a 24/7 member for an exclusive look at blueprints (available soon) to see the details (built-ins and more) on this amazing house. Find the podcast episode on iTunes here. (Released 1/18/19)

 

 

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Typewriter Daily: A Database, Tom Hanks, Smith Corona and Milwaukee's Connection

 

 Courtesy: David Sterling/Facebook 

 Friends, if you've decided you need a typewriter and the prices on Facebook Marketplace are freaking you out, don't despair. Try looking for the typewriter of your dreams the old-fashioned way - garage sales, estate sales, antique shops, thrift shops. They're everywhere once you start looking. Or put the word out that you're in the market. I've been offered old typewriters for free twice in recent weeks. Twice. Free! So it does it happen. While you're on the hunt, here are some links you'll want to bookmark: 

  • So you've found a typewriter in the attic, basement or garage. Or your friend knows you like typewriters and one morning, you find a vintage portable on your doorstep, typed note included. How do find out the history of that typewriter? How much it's worth? Try the Typewriter Database.
  • All you ever wanted to know about the Smith Corona Coronamatic 2200 (electric). 
  •  Live near Denton, TX? Here's an...
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