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…
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
We all know how much I love easy DIY (because we all know just how lazy I actually am). Easy or not, I love this DIY via A Merry Mishap…DIY painted porcelain. Go get yourself a porcelain pen and pull out those plain white dishes and get to work.
I am on the search for the perfect duvet cover. I know that I want some kind of gray. I also know that despite the fact that I truly want a solid cover, it’s completely unrealistic given the multiple children and dogs that find their way onto and into our bed. I really want my room to look simple and sleek like something in a W Hotel. Alas, that’s not going to happen. And given my propensity for extreme swings, the other option is vibrant and fun and mid-century-esque Marimekko, which we all know I love. This gray and yellow cover from Crate and Barrel is on sale now and tempting me greatly.
Via Pursuitist, a unique and gorgeous line of furniture from LAMP Living. My favorite pieces are in the Hewitt Collection and feature a variety of gorgeous hardwoods with a bright lacquered interior.
After yesterday’s post on MCM artwork, I saw these beautifully psychedelic prints from Rafa Jenn (via Design Milk). Limited edition giclee prints under $100, his riff on Warhol’s Marilyn is divine…if unfortunately sold out.
One of the great things about blogging is the community that surrounds you. One of my favorite blogs right now is Mid2Mod
. The Mid2Mod store
is in Dallas, Texas and has some of the best and most reasonable MCM furniture I have seen on-line. Almost makes me wish I still lived in Texas. I hope they get a shipping mechanism in place for the large goods (they currently will not ship them) because I really want some of their pieces (and am clearly too lazy to figure out shipping for myself. Notice a theme here?). Especially this six-foot long surfboard coffee table. Stop by their store if you are in the Dallas area. Hang ten, everyone.
I will just start by saying I am pleased with it. Yes, indeed. Very happy. For once, we put a gray on the walls and got it right the first time, thanks to all of you and my family. Nary a purple tinge to be seen. The color is Granite Boulder by Behr and it’s a perfect gray for the room. With some green undertones, it works well with the Yolo Leaf 04 in the family room.
I think we are getting close to our palette for these rooms (from Design Seeds).
Below are my Matte Stephen’s prints of Chicago and Seattle. I couldn’t wait to hang them on the new walls. The green in them ties nicely with the family room and brings it all together.
Of course, backsplash and floors are still on the list, but I taking a moment to enjoy where it is and marvel a bit at where it was. And though it’s not mid-century modern per se, it certainly fits better in the house than it did before.