Lifestyle 

Review: It’s a Mod Mod Mystery! (or two!)

We’re behind on our book reviews and yet we’ve read some fabulous ones lately! If you’re a cozy mystery fan and love to dream of fabulous mid-century decor and fashion, Diane’s books are for you! I already reviewed her first book in this series “Pillow Stalk” but haven’t had a chance to tell you about the next two in the series! “That Touch of Ink”,ย  (as usual the title is a spoof on a Doris Day movie “That Touch of Mink”! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) puts our heroine, interior decorator Madison Night…

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Architecture Preservation 

Long Lost John Lautner Home

With this post, we welcome Marni Epstein, who’s going to be a fabulous addition to our team. Check out her biography and website! Editor Modern Architect John Lautner, who studied under the tutelage of Frank Lloyd Wright, is primarily known for his residential design. As a mid-century architect, his homes had a distinctly warmer quality than more typical austere designs of the time. That is owed much to Lautnerโ€™s organic-modern approach in which he embraced earthy tones that were often more inviting than a starker aesthetic. A number of these…

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Lifestyle 

War Seemed More Relaxed in the 1950s

In today’s society, the mere mention of a bomb on a social networking hub could have the police knocking on your door. The term “terrorist threat” is held by loose standards as children and young adults could face jail time for inappropriate comments made to friends in jest. Would this kind of behavior been worthy of so much attention in the 1950s? When you look back at Cold War memorabilia, it seemed more like the populace accepted the possible future with a lighter heart. Facts over Entertainment Although public service…

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Architecture 

Mid-Century Photo Friday – Fall home brochure

Some fabulous Fall House plans – for more Mid Century modern house plans, see here. All photos from MidCentArc’s really cool selection of photos. Both photos are found on our Flickr Group – The 1950’s Interior Design and Residential Architecture group with an amazing 2094 members and over 8000 photos! ๐Ÿ™‚ (something to do while drinking your morning cup a joe!)

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OMG! I have to make one of these!

Isn’t this totally adorable? Wow! if I hadn’t vowed to give up my gingerbread house addiction, I’d make this one this year! ๐Ÿ™‚ And if you haven’t noticed, we’re completely broke! Not without MANY MANY projects to do around the house, but without the money to complete them. I was thinking about getting an interior design program and maybe sketching out solutions tho…that way when we have money we know where to spend it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Around the "Atomic Ranch"

If you’re a mid-century nerd, you probably subscribe to the Atomic Ranch magazine. I look forward to recieving it every other month. Most of the magazine sports VERY modern designs, but this month has a cool article on transistor radios (Rex was wondering why they don’t make I-pods in that style) and a cool follow up on tracking down the architectural roots of a house in Washington state. Someone also tracked down a screen concrete block company! Woo hoo! Now I just have to convince my husband that they are…

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Styles of "plain" 1950's blonde brick ranch homes

I had every intention of doing more research before this post, but the chaos of summer and my general laziness have prevented it. So, here’s my question (maybe this will save me some legwork). Our neighborhood is full of 1950’s blonde brick ranch homes. There are also modern mid century homes, bungalows and all of the generally “popular” styles of homes, but in particular I’m interested in the style we live in. Here’s a “typical street”: Here’s a particularly neat house right down the street from us: So, what style…

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Thanks for the info on my Pom Pom Junipers!

Thanks to Big Mall Rat (Scott) for his research on my bushes. Even after I gave him a hard time for cutting his down (I do understand hazards when you can’t see out of the driveway!). I’m just thrilled to know what they are. However, I can’t answer the question about when they came into vogue. My 50’s landscaping bush, doesn’t have much about these….and I do think his theory is fairly good…that it was a 70’s thing. I have a 50’s landscaping book but they don’t show any junipers…but…

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What a 1950's Bargain (or is it?)

Not having been born (or even a twinkle in my Mother’s eye) in the 1950’s, I’m not sure if this is a good price or not, but it seems phenomenal to me these days. I was particularly interested in the front of the house and 1950’s landscaping! It’s amazingly difficult to find any (if you have any sources, I’d be thrilled!) The interior photos are fantastic (I have a few more) and I could post interior 50’s photos forever. Speaking of which we’re redecorating – we’re going to rehang all…

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