Monday, November 26, 2012

inretrospect: vintageware with contemporary flair

Continuing my stroll down 4th Street in Long Beach last Saturday for "Shop Local" day, I wandered into a store which both hipsters and collectors alike can agree is just about perfect.

Inretrospect. What. A. Variety. O. M. G.

Mid-Century Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (4.8)

2122 East 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 433-6600

Sunday, November 25, 2012

shop local: trebor/nevets - new & vintage furnishings

In honor of the busiest shopping weekend of the year, I headed over to Long Beach to support Small Business Saturday (an American Express 2010 invented holiday), and to check out the slew of vintage shops that I have heard were hiding out on Fourth Street.

Trebor/Nevets 2116 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA

Trebor/Nevets was my first stop. Wow.

Mid-Century Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (4.6)

2116 E 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 901-0600

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

the barrett's kid friendly mid-century modern


I had so much fun with the San Diego Dwell Home Tour (you can see #1 here#2 here#3 here and #4 here) that I decided to hunt down all the people I know who have cool houses. First on the list is the Barrett's 1965 California-style ranch house.

Mid-century modern landscape

I came over on a very foggy evening.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

dwell modern san diego #4: harris residence

We are in the home stretch now with our fourth post on last Saturday's (Nov. 10, 2012) Dwell Home Tours Modern San Diego. I won't say that I have saved the best for last. They were all pretty special in their own ways (you can see #1 here#2 here and #3 here).

Dwell Modern San Diego Home Tours Nov. 10 2012, Harris Residence

But the Harris Residence has something distinctly unique about it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

dwell modern san diego #3: modern cardiff

This week's Dwell Home Tours Modern San Diego post series: we're on the third gorgeous modern home with one more to go tomorrow (you can see #1 here and #2 here). Our third venue is the Modern Cardiff house.

Dwell Modern San Diego Home Tours Nov. 10 2012, Modern Cardiff

The home is incredibly distinguished looking with blackened exterior planks made from trees damaged in the Cedar Fire.

Monday, November 12, 2012

dwell modern san diego #2: one19 living studio

Dwell Home Tours Modern San Diego continues! As an avid student of the modernist movement, I was in heaven in San Diego last Saturday afternoon (Nov. 10, 2012). The second home on the tour was a modern beach inspired home with references to mid-century modern architects Richard Neutra, Cliff May, and William Wurster.

Dwell Modern San Diego Home Tours Nov. 10 2012, One19 Living Studio

This new construction of 2,200 square-feet by architect Brett Farrow, is another modern modest home which also packs quite a punch.

dwell modern san diego #1: munson residence

I drove down to San Diego from Orange County (1.5 hours), this past Saturday (Nov. 10, 2012) for the Dwell Home Tours Modern San Diego event in anticipation of a modern with a capital "M" good time. I was not disappointed. Each of the five homes I toured Saturday was unique and spectacular in its own right. I was able to take photos of four of the interiors and will post them all week. Without further ado, the first home toured was the Munson Residence, located on the Del Mar coast.

Dwell Modern San Diego Home Tours Nov 10 2012 Munson Residence

This house is located near the lagoons and coastal bluffs and has some spectacular views from its rooftop deck.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

architecture for humanity: restore the shore

Dwell on Design San Diego Home Tours are happening this weekend Nov 10 & 11. As part of the event, all ticket holders are invited to the brand-new Dwell Design and Drive event, to test-drive a new Lincoln vehicle and help raise money for Architecture for Humanity

Architecture for Humanity's most recent cause is raising donations to restore the hard hit Seaside Heights, New Jersey area. You can donate directly to Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts on the Architecture for Humanity website.

Original photo of Seaside Heights courtesy of John Saeyong Ra

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

ebay fail: the liability of not looking closely at listings

I have a special spot in the kitchen reserved for a mid-century atomic style clock. And, I have been looking at eBay listings for mid-century atomic clocks for a long time. I finally spotted the perfect clock. Before you can say "buy now," I entered a bid.

mid-century atomic clock

This picture is from the actual listing. Don't you think the Indian on the wall is a nice touch?

Friday, November 2, 2012

retro cook-off: mother's little helper

Family meals in our household growing up were a shared duty. My sister and I were both responsible for at least one meal a week night, as was our dad. My mom usually left a recipe out on the counter with a note, "For dinner." In case we didn't get it.

My FAVORITE dinner to make used all of these readily available, fresh from your refrigerator ingredients.

Who doesn't have a pack of Crescent rolls laying around?