L.A. Mid Century Dream Home

MCM Crush:  This eye-popping 1961 gem built by architect David Hyun, located in Los Angeles.  

“Mustard yellows, greens and oranges set the tone, and each additional pop of color matches perfectly. Every piece in the house is secondhand — nearly all bought at Southern California flea markets and swap meets. Vintage magazines rest on the tables and abstract-shaped mirrors adorn the walls. An old record player sits in the lounge next to dice-shaped ottomans and sunken chairs. Lava lamps, geometric shapes, and Hollywood memorabilia are constant surprises around each corner. It’s a bright one story “L” shaped home, with a pool glistening right outside the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. A cabana is quietly tucked away in the corner, large-leafed green plants grow high and cast shadows. Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry, and The Mamas and Papas ring loud through the home’s speaker system. This house is rare, stylish…. Inspiring.” – http://blog.freepeople.com/2015/06/peek-vintage-dream-home/?crlt.pid=camp.Yl1We48SpuW0

Photos by Melodi Meadows

Mid Century Icon: Chemosphere House

We have always been fascinated with The Chemosphere house, designed by American architect John Lautner in 1960. The iconic MCM building, which the Encyclopædia Britannica once called “the most modern home built in the world”, is admired both for the ingenuity of its solution to the problem of the site and for its unique design.

The house stands on the San Fernando Valley side of the Hollywood Hills, just off Mulholland Drive.

Modern Bear Trivia: the house was dramatically featured in the 1984 film “Body Double,” directed by Brian De Palma. We also like to think it was the secret inspiration for the Jupiter 2 from “Lost in Space” 😉

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Modern Island Retreat

From Home Adore: Situated on Pender Island, near Vancouver, Canada, this amazing vacation home was designed by Johnson + McLeod Design Consultants.

Check out some of these amazing photos, of this gorgeous Mid-Century Modern delight!

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More photos here: http://www.homeadore.com/2014/09/12/island-retreat-johnson-mcleod-design-consultants/

Happy Modern Thanksgiving

Courtesy of escapadeblog.com

“Design Within Reach’s holiday calendar seemed the perfect fit for an autumn holiday. Set in Armonk, New York in a beautiful all glass mid-century home designed by architect Arthur Witthoefft that allows the autumn splendour to take over the interior of the home as well.” – escapadeblog.com

Happy (Modern) Thanksgiving

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A Modern Rustic Outdoor Feast

Courtesy of Hayneedle.com

“Thanksgiving gets a modern update at Brian Patrick Flynn’s new mountain cabin. Combining elements of rustic wood furnishings with mid-century forms, Brian sets the deck for a cozy and inviting outdoor feast.” – Hayneedle.com

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MCM Porn: Kitsch-O-Rama Kitchens!

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We have a passion for vintage kitchen interiors and wanted to share some of our faves with you. Most of these date from the late 50’s into the mid-60’s. We prefer the more modern Laura Petri style kitchens over the early 50’s Lucy Ricardo versions. Some of these feature design ideas we’d be happy to use today!

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We dig this orange and pink color combo!

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Every home needs a giant asterisk in the middle of their kitchen floor!

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Where do we start? This 1961 Formica Kitchen includes insulin shots for all guests.

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“Oh it was nothing! I just threw on my pearls and whipped this little snack up in no time!”

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Pre-dating the “Jetsons,” we are loving this 1957 Fridgidaire Kitchen of the Future!

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“Yes, Madge, you cook us something while I paint another modern masterpiece!”

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Why yes, that “back yard” patio looks quite realistic in this 1961 Hotpoint Kitchen ad!

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SO Don, Betty, and Sally Draper!

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