Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern Family Room

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I love visiting clients during the holidays! It's always fun to see their holiday decor, and in this particular home, it is an especially memorable time, since it is their first Christmas as a family of three! (Plus their two adorable fur babies.)

I started working with these wonderful clients over the summer. They were relocating from the East Coast had just purchased a mid-century modern home in Palo Alto, CA. We started with a few virtual design meetings, since one of the homeowners was still wrapping up their time in Philadelphia before the big move. They had just a few weeks to plan (and complete) a few light renovations before the arrival of their first child and I was really excited to help them accomplish their design goals.

We selected new oak hardwood flooring to compliment the warmth of their beautiful original tongue and groove ceilings, planned a new fireplace design, and updated lighting throughout the home.

The family room is the center of the home and visible from their courtyard entry. We chose a textured wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries to give depth (and drama, which I love!) to the main wall. Mid-century style furniture from West Elm provides storage: a desk/shelving unit offers a home office area, while the media console adds a stylish flair to house the large tv (one of the homeowner's main request was to keep his big tv!) :)

I love that the homeowner enjoys color as much as I do! The orange pendants provide a fun pop, replacing non-midcentury lighting that had been there previously. The fireplace got a makeover, with hand-painted Starburst pattern from Fireclay Tile, a marble hearth, and quartz trim. Inspired by my own Seth Thomas Clock, the homeowner scored one online and had it refurbished locally. The perfect accessory to the new fireplace and it tells time correctly!

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We are still waiting for some new lighting to arrive for the kitchen and dining nook, so stay tuned for that. I had so much fun working with these clients and happy for them to start making family memories in their new "old" mid-century home! 

RESOURCES:

Wallpaper: Phillip Jeffries Manila Hemp, Peacock Blue, Phillip Jeffries
Pendants: Astron Aluminum Pendant, Rejuvenation
Media Console: Audrey Media Console, West Elm
Desk/Bookcase: Linden Wall Desk and Storage Set, West Elm
Rug: Diamond Point Rug, West Elm
Fireplace Tile: Starburst, Fireclay Tile
Clock: Vintage Seth Thomas Clock
Hardwood Flooring: Monarch Plank Domaine European Oak

 

SacMod's Mid-Century Modern Home Tour 2016

Custom tour cards designed by our friends Fogmodern.

Custom tour cards designed by our friends Fogmodern.

Last weekend we had the pleasure of touring some of Sacramento's distinctive mid-century modern homes, thanks to a special event put together by SacMod (Sacramento Modern). We were also proud to support and congratulate our awesome friends Karen and Andy from Fogmodern who have been working around the clock for many months (years!) to restore and update their Sacramento Eichler home in preparation for the Tour.

With our fabulous neighbors and friends Christy and Brian, we trekked from the Walnut Creek RSM Eichlers to the SacMod Tour starting point to pick up a detailed guidebook and check out a number of fabulous mid-century modern wares and designers. We loved that the guidebook not only gave detailed history for each home, but pointed out local points of historical MCM interest around Sacramento. Unfortunately no photos of these historic buildings, as we were getting carsick trying to read history on the next house and simultaneously not get lost! It is great to see that there are still many original mid-century commerce buildings that haven't been torn down and turned into a Starbucks. :(

We ended the tour at Andy and Karen's home, where their passion and love for their home shines through. Many of you likely already follow their incredible journey in home restoration, but if not, here are a few shots we took of their lovely Eichler home and recent projects:

The couple's approach to their renovation has been nearly 100% DIY, similar to us, which is why naturally we get along so well ;). They installed all new VCT floors and restored their home's original paneling to its natural beauty.

The couple's approach to their renovation has been nearly 100% DIY, similar to us, which is why naturally we get along so well ;). They installed all new VCT floors and restored their home's original paneling to its natural beauty.

Landscape envy! Karen and Andy have completely transformed their backyard, with drought-tolerant grass, plants and modern hardscape. Love the water feature!

Landscape envy! Karen and Andy have completely transformed their backyard, with drought-tolerant grass, plants and modern hardscape. Love the water feature!

More meticulously restored paneling in the Master Bedroom. 

More meticulously restored paneling in the Master Bedroom. 

A fun gathering and celebration of Eichler-friends and mid-century modern enthusiasts: (Left to right) Karen from Fogmodern, Blaine - Owner of Modern Restoration + former Eichler owner, Andy from Fogmodern, Karolina from dearhousiloveyou.com + San Jose Eichler owner, me (John is the photog), and our RSM neighbors Christy & Brian. 

A fun gathering and celebration of Eichler-friends and mid-century modern enthusiasts:

(Left to right) Karen from Fogmodern, Blaine - Owner of Modern Restoration + former Eichler owner, Andy from Fogmodern, Karolina from dearhousiloveyou.com + San Jose Eichler owner, me (John is the photog), and our RSM neighbors Christy & Brian. 

Enjoy some of our favorites from the tour! From original kitchens and bathrooms to midmod collectibles and custom designed outdoor pavilions + kitchens, this tour had it all! Thanks Sacramento! Till next time.