We visited another house designed by Fred Bassetti, the same architect for our house. (More on that later if they let me share the photos!) Of every cool thing I saw in that house, and there was plenty, I fell in love with the original cabinets. Yep, an entire kitchen full of the original plywood cabinets and the (almost) original stainless countertops.
But where does one find such things in this day and age? Our kitchen was renovated about 20 years or so (I’d guess) with a more traditional cabinet choice for that time, as you can see.
Unfortunately, while nice cabinetry (made nicer with our paint job!), they don’t quite go with our vision of what a mid-century kitchen should look like.
I loved the cabinets in this other Bassetti designed house on the island and would love to get something close to this. But beyond, IKEA, where does one look?
Then I saw and ad for Kerf Design in the most recent issue of Atomic Ranch.
Located right here in Seattle, Kerf makes ‘plywood cabinets and furniture for the modern home.’ Their website has one of my favorite quotes about form following function.
“If it is not useful or necessary, free yourself from imagining that you need to make it.”
So join me in my fantasy kitchen (and bathroom) indulgence with the following photos. Such wonderful inspiration for dreaming…
The beauty of the blog world is all the sharing and support you get from readers and fellow bloggers. I have an open invitation for people to share their stories with me and I love it when they do. The post below comes from fellow blogger Rebecca of Mid-Century Modern Remodel. Enjoy!
After we remodeled our bathrooms, we were left with a 10 by 67 square foot piece of land off the back fence. I was terrified it would turn in a junkyard. Odd bits of yard are prone to become somewhat ghetto overnight … a hose here, some unused lumbar there, random pieces of flagstone stacked up against a wall — and before you know it, a blight on the neighborhood. But, luckily, I had saved a tiny bit of the remodel budget to deal with our mid-century modern garden problem. I was obsessed with having a view out the new bathroom window:
I got my wish.
You remember the BEFORE?
Pretty normal for a BACK back of the house. Except the sprinkler line was cut which elminates water to other areas of the yard, and when it starts raining we would have had mud slide. Due to the weep screed incident, near the fence line, the yard was left approximately 6 to 9 inches higher than the strip near the house — which would force rain towards the house during a big storm. BAD.
Our needs were simple. We wanted California native plants, sparse landscape, decomposed granite, concrete pavers and some sort of water feature (AKA bubbling pot). And we got it.
Our design held pretty true to the tips on Eichler for Sale who have recommendations for mid-century modern landscaping and garden design:
There are some general guidelines and tips to keep in mind when designing a landscape or garden to compliment Eichlers or other midcentury modern homes:
- Allow the geometry of the home to guide the overall design of the landscape & garden,
- Select water-wise plants that maintain their foliage year-round,
- Allow hardscape elements to carry from the front yard to the back (including the atrium),
- Repeat the use of certain plants throughout the landscape,
- Consider a water feature,
- Mix materials to create variety with textures (rock, grass, wood, metal, crushed stone.
Click here to see the rest of their lovely work!
Wowie wow wow. How can this be? I’ve been writing this blog for one whole year. This is the 184th post, which is a better average than I realized. To celebrate, I thought I would do a look back. There is a part of me that thinks…sheesh, is this all we’ve accomplished? There is another part of me that, when I look at these photos thinks ‘Wow!’ and is inspired to keep going.
I am going to use this post as a new page at the top of the blog as well. Enjoy!
The Main Bathroom
It had only one sink, wall paper, a rubber-type baseboard.
And this is after painting the countertop, removing wallpaper and painting walls and cabinets, putting in a new sink and baseboards.
The Main Hallway
Painting hallway and making the end atomic orange and creating the hanging gallery.
Painting and installing bamboo blinds. Her room was the easiest of all.
Painted and new furniture! Also, Orla art, a thrifted desk and a thrifted media cabinet.
The Dining Room
The Living Room
The Deck/Rockery/Planting Bed
I am in love with everything about this house. The floating dining room. The orange and gray palette in the bedroom and living room. The pool. The bathtub (incidentally the same one in our room at Hotel Valley Ho). What material do you think they used for the floors? Enjoy the post and wipe up your drool, people.
Architects PCKO from London completed the original looking Jodlowa House in Krakow, developed in collaboration with MOFO Architects from Poland.
This magnificent glass house occupies a site of outstanding natural beauty on the outskirts of the city. The architecture approach was determined by the wish to protect and conserve the natural site, which is why the residence was built on pillars, giving the impression of a hovering home. Steel frames and floor to ceiling glass windows define the facade of the residence, allowing a large amount of natural light inside.
The interiors are spacious and display a lovely mix of materials, from steel to wood and stone. A covered pool is just one of the highlights of this Krakow home, characterized by elegance and originality. We welcome you to a virtual tour of this residence- housing a covered swimming pool, two bedrooms, 140sqm of living area and a five-story viewing tower- and we hope it will be a pleasant and inspiring one.