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!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Frank Lloyd Wright's Influence on Mid-Century Modern Architecture

As the son of an architect, my father raised us with an appreciation for good design and a basic understanding of architecture.  So, when Whitney and I decided to visit Chicago for a long weekend, one of my few goals for the trip was visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House at the University of Chicago.  As one of his most famous prairie-style designs from the early 1900's, the Robie house features many groundbreaking architectural details for the time that would ultimately influence much of mid-century modernist architecture some 40 years later.