|My mom, Donna Minick, adjusting the cool mid-century lampshade.|
She is a newlywed in this picture, circa 1960, first home in Seattle.
I was a Boeing baby (mid-century aerospace reference).
|A pink tub and sink with bluish, purplish tile. My mom says|
this house, in Seattle, was really nice. You can see the little tile
ribbon at the top. Nicely done.
|A typical mid-century cut out door.|
My mom's parents and me (Christmas 1963).
This house is probably in Indiana on a Christmas visit.
|Looks like the sofa has changed houses... to Ohio.|
Another aerospace move, this time to American Rockwell.
My mom had what looks to be an Eames armchair and ottoman. We don't know if it is a knock off or not. I remember it was very solid, had wood and a very strong metal base. She says it was definitely leather.
|Me with my new little sister in a very Eames style|
rocking armchair, maybe the real deal? It had very sturdy
stainless steel underpinnings and was leather.
|Mom sitting on possible Eames ottoman with her new baby girl.|
Check out the cool mid-sixties fish tank. This is a house in Ohio.
|Cute new baby, Mom on the purple sofa with some typcial|
oil paintings of the era done in that heavy impasto paint style
used by abstract artists in the fifties and sixties. I am sure my mom
created the needlework on the arm pillow. And nice turquoise pants Mom.
Only the hair and lipstick give away that this is the sixties.
|The new baby with a better picture of the white lamp|
from the previous picture. Very iconic.
Let's talk about that lamp. I just recently purchased, brand new, lamps that look a heck-of-a-lot like this one. Check this out by Jonathan Adler:
|Apple...tree (as in the apple doesn't fall far from...)|
Best price at Lightopia but still not as good as vintage.
You can see the lamps in our bedroom here.
My mom and dad constructed a home from a Better Homes and Gardens house plan, around 1967 or 1968. Apparently BH&G featured a house plan in every issue. I looked through this Flicker group of BH&G Five Star homes but didn't see this exact house. My dad was essentially the architect. The original design had a flat roof, and he altered it for the Ohio winters. My parents built this little mid-sixties modern charmer with teal blue stained siding on a half an acre in Gahanna, Ohio. My mom says it caused a stir after it was built because the dowdy neighbors didn't like the non-white color (how dare they).
|Better Homes & Gardens Plan House in Gahanna, Ohio, about 1968.|
|Great deck off the back of the Better Homes and Gardens Plan House.|
|Check out this cool rock fireplace and concrete hearth with the book shelves on the right.|
And in the foreground is one of two black leather love seats that faced each other
with a square glass coffee table between them.
|My mom's coffee table had a circle on all 4 sides and a glass top. This picture gives you the idea.|
From Interior Express.
|I think this is in the Ohio house facing into the dining room.|
My mom made the night gown (but of course) worn my sister who is playing a mini piano
on the nice laminate covered end table.
My parents only got to live in their ideal mid-century modern house for less than 2 years. My dad's job moved out to Southern California (time to build a B1-B in El Segundo) and they purchased a new tract home in around 1969. It wasn't mid-century, but was sort of in a "French" style. Maybe now-a-days it would be called Mediterranean.
|But the sofa and lamp made the move, and as did the brightly patterned drapes|
that my mom made for the Ohio modern house. I love the green and blue together. That is me sitting
on the couch in the living room reading a book (favorite reading spot).
We have no pictures of the piece de resistance. I can't even believe she bought the following items as they are just too cool. The below picture is me with a sugar cube mission (San Francisco). Now, if you aren't from California, you may be wondering . . . why the mission? All school children in California are required in 4th grade to build a model mission primarily to torture their parents. Universally, all parents agree there really isn't any educational value in this exercise, but mission building is a long standing California school tradition. I digress ... note the lamp hanging over my head -- a classic Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp.
|Me with mission and a Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp hanging over my head.|
|Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp available form Design Within Reach.|
Now I can only show you pictures I have garnered online, as we have no pictures of the actual furniture I want to feature for you of my memories of this house, in the seventies. I am leaning on this table.
|Saarinen Table, Knoll makes it now with any number of surfaces and finishes.|
My mom was pleased she remembered the exact spelling of this table's name (retired librarian).
My mom purchased four of these tulip chairs with bright orange chair pads. Her set looked exactly like this:
|Knoll table and chairs from the YLiving site.|
Her pads were EXACTLY this color orange. It is spooky.
Kate over at Retro Champ Revamp has her own set of tulip chairs and table as well which you can see here. Hanging in the family room was another Nelson Bubble Lamp. This one:
|Nelson Cigar Pendant Lamp from the Room & Board site.|
Cool stuff. It is telling that many of the pieces my mom purchased in the sixties and early seventies are still available today, which speaks to their enduring design. And Mom's good taste. Her good taste also is demonstrated in this post about her mid-century modern Lenoir House bedroom set.