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Architecture Landscape Design 

A Modernist Patio for a Traditional Home

Ted Cleary, ASLA, of Studio Cleary Landscape Architecture continues his contributions on midcentury modern garden design, here with the first of his “Case Study Gardens”.  MCM enthusiasts will be familiar with Arts & Architecture magazine’s legendary design feature known as the “Case Study House Program”.  From its inception near the war’s end in 1945, through 1966, the CSH Program showcased innovative modernist designs, many of them modest, others more grand, meant to address the postwar housing needs of the typical American family. Like the CSH examples, some unbuilt, others still existing,…

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Landscape Design 

Giveaway winner and where to get your Modbox mailbox

The ModBox incorporates the best design elements from the various manufacturers over the 20-year period.   The starting point was the dimensions from the vintage Leigh Products mailbox that I bought on eBay. The ModBox Kickstarter went well, their goal was $40 thousand and they hit $77 thousand! So, production will begin soon. If you were one of our interested entries, you can still order your own mailbox here! Our winner is: Kathy B says: This would give my 1960′s ranch some more curb appeal. Have been contemplating replacing our standard…

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Architecture Landscape Design 

Giveaway! Modbox mailbox

As a mid-century modern enthusiast, Greg Kelly was frustrated when he couldn’t find a mailbox that complimented the mid-century aesthetic of his home. In the Fall 2013 issue of Atomic Ranch, a reader asked: “Do you know a good source of 50s period mailboxes? In conclusion, the editor stated “…the retro market seems to be wide open.” This collage shows some of the mailboxes he found, with the Sears 1961 “Diamond Jubilee – Sears 75 Years” catalog image in the upper left.  The mailbox was “Specially chosen for Sears Jubilee…

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Landscape Design 

Some Ideas for Midcentury Style Fencing

MidCentury Style welcomes Ted Cleary, ASLA, of Studio Cleary Landscape Architecture as Contributing Writer with this first in a series of periodic articles on midcentury modern garden design: When it comes to creating a period landscape for your midcentury modern home, it’s all about the garden geometry and the hardscaping.  Plants are plants; they don’t care whether they’re part of a “French Chateau” garden design or an “MCM” garden design. (Although some plant species — and certainly, the fashion in which they’re laid out — may seem more suitable for particular styles……considerations which…

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Landscape Design 

Mid-Century Photo Friday – Frank Gifford

These gorgeous photographs came to our attention and we can’t get enough of the colors and subject matter! Please visit his site for more (and we’ll be featuring more of him here too!) – About Frank Gifford, the photographer behind these images: Frank began exploring the Mother Road and related interests after the year 2000. In a video-dominated world where images jump, twitch and jiggle (but almost never linger) he prefers a still photograph that provides a License to Stare. 19 of the Mother Road images are also at the…

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Landscape Design 

Mid-Century Photo Friday: Landscaping at the White Sands in NM

As always with Mid-Century Photo Friday, please join me by posting (and linking to) your own picture – leave a comment, OR I’m trying out the “Mister Linky” below – just click the link and it will take you to another screen to provide your link! I’d love to have a lot of weekly submissions, so please pass along! This photo is taken from the office at the White Sands Motel in NM. I think mid-century landscaping is one of the toughest to find resources on, but this seems very…

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