Saturday, March 25, 2017

Found Vintage: Rehupolstered Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair

One of our greatest furniture finds for the living room is a modern lounge chair with bent plywood legs. When the chair came to us, it was in very good shape but it had been reupholstered in a green Victorian-style fabric that didn't fit with its modern lines or with the rest of our living room.

This 50's lounge chair came to us for free, recently reupholstered in green.

A thorough review of the chair didn't reveal any manufacturer information. After some online research, we found a very similar version being sold by Designs to Live By and were surprised to find it was a Thonet design from the late 50's!
Designs to Live By in Plainview, New York was selling the only other example of this chair we could find, upholstered in light blue vinyl!
With other vintage furniture we've had restored, we've been very careful to stick to fabrics and color palettes that would have been available when the item was originally produced. But, because the green fabric was not original, we opted for something less traditional...a blaze orange and gray check pattern in wool.

We eventually landed on kirbydesign's "Pin" in the flame colorway

The end result is fantastic! The chair is definitely a statement piece of our living room. It's home next to the patio and Brasilia hutch makes a great place for a morning read with all the natural light in this corner. 
The newly reupholstered chair makes a great spot to read next to the patio doors. 

We found this chair years ago and are happy to give it a new lease on life. You can read the original post at Found Vintage: Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair post.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Driveway Dilemma: Blacktop or Concrete?

When we purchased the Care-Free Home, one of the first projects we knew we'd have to tackle was the garage exterior and driveway.  Both were in sad shape and definitely detracted from the home's exterior. While we were able to get the garage cleaned up when we did the rest of our exterior renovation last year, now the driveway is even more of an eyesore than it was before!
Original Garage Exterior and Driveway
The updated Garage exterior looks a lot better, but the driveway still needs work!
This spring we are finally planning to tackle the driveway project and are debating between replacing the current blacktop driveway with a new one or going for a concrete driveway with a little more style.  What to do?

Monday, April 8, 2013

Found Vintage: Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair

One of the first pieces of true mid-century modern furniture in Our Care-Free home was this very cool lounge chair that was given to us by a family friend.  At some point the chair was recovered in the current green fabric and we haven't been able to find any original manufacturer's markings.  However, from the shape of the bent plywood legs we're guessing it was made by Thonet.  Now its getting a makeover along with the rest of our living room!

Does anyone know the manufacturer of this chair?

Friday, April 5, 2013

Modern wallpaper selections for the Kitchen, Living Room and Bedroom

Recently we've been focused on furniture and decor selections for the spaces of Our Care-Free Home that we have finished renovating.  As part of the project, we decided to update some of the walls in the Kitchen, Living Room and a Bedroom with some mid-century modern inspired wallpaper.

After a trip to International Market Square with our interior designer Cy Winship, we came home with about a hundred cool, funky wall paper samples.  After looking them all over, taping them up on the walls and getting feedback from family and friends, we finally made some selections.  Here are the ones that made the cut!
Weitzner "Newsworthy" (for Living Room)
Sanderson "Dandelion Clocks" (for Bedroom)

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Found Vintage: Mid-Century Club Chairs

Now that most of our large projects on the main floor have been completed, we've started looking for more vintage and mid-century modern furniture pieces to help create a period-correct look in our Care-Free Home.  Whitney's mom Judy is a pro at finding inexpensive vintage furniture and decor for the house, and recently came across these original club chairs.
mid-century club chairs
Mid-Century club chairs

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Planning our Mid-Century Modern Basement Remodel

Since the day we bought our Care-Free Home, we knew the large basement was a potential equity-boosting opportunity to add tons more finished square footage.  Unfortunately, since there was so much work to be done on the main floor of Our Care-Free Home, we had to prioritize our budget and effort and the basement dropped pretty far down the to-do list.  Now that we've made some progress on the rest of the house, we've begun planning for our mid-century modern basement remodel!
Floorplan for Our Care-Free Home's Basement

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mid-Century Modern Furniture Finds: Broyhill Brasilia

Renovation of our Care-Free Home has made significant progress over the last two years, but there hasn't been a ton of room in the budget for period-correct furniture that matches the home’s mid-century modern styling.  That is, until we were offered several pieces of amazing mid-century modern furniture that looked like this…for free!