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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! 

Podcast Episode No.9: How to Pick a Mailbox for Your Mid Century Modern Home

 

 

If there's anything that will make your Mid Century Modern home looked finished, it's a mailbox. Yes, a mailbox. It has the impact that an incredible front door has. A mailbox, especially one that's well-designed and attractive, tells your visitor that you've given a lot of thought to your front entrance. It conveys your pride in your home. It even hints that you'll be sticking around town for a long while because who puts that kind of thought into a box for mail? Certainly not a renter. 

Listen to Rob Baker, founder of Modern Mailbox, share how he came to start his company and how his 1953 home in Boise, Idaho got the prototype. 

 

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Illinois Alumni: Sheldon Good, Good Deals

 

Courtesy: Illinois Alumni 

By Mary Beth Klatt

 American country comedienne Minnie Pearl, best known for the hokey dresses and hats she wore with price tags intact, was affiliated with a chain of fried chicken restaurants bearing her name in the early 1970s.

The Southern Illinois chain was all set to open, down to tables fully set with dinnerware, salt and pepper shakers and silverware, when its parent company went bankrupt

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Podcast Episode No. 6: How to Start Modernism Week in Your Town

 

 Alison King, the founder of Modern Phoenix, talks about how Modern Phoenix Week came to life in Arizona. As she tells it, it started when she and her husband were looking for a Mid Century Modern home to buy. They started an online community which morphed into a Facebook group. Their online group led to Modern Phoenix Week. Now others nationally and internationally want to recognize the Mid Century Modern architecture in their cities with their own Modernism Week. 

Listen to King share some tips on how to get started. Get some ideas on how to promote the great Mid Century Modern architectural heritage in your area. 

Share in the comments how you've started a Modernism Day or Week in your town. 

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Podcast Episode No. 3: Denver Realtor Adrian Kinney, MidCentury Modern Expert

 

 Courtesy: Adrian Kinney 

About a month ago, I had the great pleasure to meet Denver area Realtor and Midcentury Modern expert Adrian Kinney. He was just so passionate about modernism, I just loved his enthusiasm on the topic.  In addition to selling Denver area MCM homes, he's organizing a Mid Century Modern week, modeled after the one in Palm Springs. 

Speaking of Palm Springs, the Denver area is home to one of the largest collections of Cliff May homes outside of the tony California resort town. Kinney lives in one of them. He's the go-to expert on May in Denver. Tune in to hear this podcast today. 

I'll be adding to some podcast extras as I go along, extras only available to MidCentury Modern 24/7 members. You'll get exclusive access to photos, typed letters, blueprints and more that you won't see else where. You'll simply log into the exclusive, members-only Resources on my website. 

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MidCentury Modern Weekly: San Jose, Calif., Umbrella House, MCM Denver

 

Courtesy: Sarasota Architectural Association

Here's a round-up of MidCentury Modern design inspirations, residential inspiration and more. 

That's it, friends. Have a very MidCentury Modern weekend. 

 

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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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MidCentury Modern Weekly: Ebony's 1970s test kitchen, 5 MCM homes on the market in Arizona

 Courtesy: New York Times, Lee Bey Photography 

 Modernism and MidCentury Modern isn't just about houses or even real estate. It's a lifestyle - it touches on just about everything - fashion, design, graphic design, photography and a whole lot more. 

  •  The building that housed Ebony is being converted into apartments, but at least the test kitchen has been saved by Landmarks Preservation of Illinois. It can be yours for $1. That's right, one buck
  • What's most clickable? Apparently a photogenic 1953 Highland Park, Ill. house on realtor.com.
  • Holy smokes! Five MidCentury Modern homes will be on the market during the upcoming Modernism week in Arizona. I'm guessing more than a few will be under contract before the big event. 
  • A rare opportunity to see inside the famous Wave House in Palm Desert - nickname comes from the roller-coaster shaped roof that was hidden for many years. Check out that unique roof here
  • 1960s era photographer Garry...
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MCM Weekly: 1952 BurdaStyle Blouse pattern, the iconic Platner Chair, A Silicon Valley Eichler

Courtesy: Burda Style

Less you think I'm just about MidCentury Modern homes, you couldn't be more wrong.

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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. 

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