Tuesday, April 30, 2013

venice eclectic - modern architecture from the '70s and '80s

I never met a house tour I didn't like. And the Los Angeles Conservancy Venice Eclectic tour held April 20, 2012 in beautiful Venice, California was no exception. Even with absolutely no mid-century modern homes to be seen, I made do. #VeniceEclectic #CurratingTheCity

Exit from Tasty Spuds (Charles Arnoldi Studio). 
The tour consisted of four commercial spaces, a dead famous actor's houses (no inside pictures) and a downtown roundabout. So I won't break this up into six posts like usual. I am just gonna splat it all at you. HANG ON.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

hunt for a mid-century modern garden bench

We landscaped the strip of yard decimated by our bathroom remodel about 9 months ago. The contractor left a small seven foot patch of land bare of plants and specified "bench - owner to supply."

mid-century modern landscaping garden park bench
Boo. Big blank spot in pretty garden to the right near the wall.

Can you see the big blank spot to the right. I have been scouring eBay, websites and Craigslist ever since.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

the liljestrand house by ossipoff in hawaii: the amazing recreation room and landscape (part 3)

A few weeks ago on vacation in Oahu, Hawaii, we had the good fortune to take a private tour of a quintessential Hawaiian Modern home, The Liljestrand House, whose famous Hawaii architect is Vladimir Ossipoff.

The Liljestrand House, Ossipoff, Tantalus Dirve, Honolulu, Hawaii, mid-century modern architecture

Part one of the tour was the living room, dining room and kitchen. The kitchen was magnificent. And Part two of the tour was all the bedrooms with the creme de la creme being the master. Our final section of the tour is the amazing downstairs rec room and the landscaping. Here we go!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

the liljestrand house by ossipoff in hawaii: tour continues with bedrooms (part 2)

The magnificent Liljestrand House tour continues. In the last post, we showed the house at street level, and saw the living room, the dining room and the magnificent kitchen. Part Two of the tour is the bedrooms. The final post is the downstairs rec room and the beautiful landscaping.

The Liljestrand House, Ossipoff, Tantalus Dirve, Honolulu, Hawaii

First we need to exit the kitchen through a little hallway room.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

the liljestrand house by ossipoff: hawaiian modern magnificence (part 1)

The absolutely best part of our recent trip to Hawaii, was a private tour we fortuitously lucked into of a mid-century modern treasure.

The Liljestrand House, Ossipoff, Tantalus Dirve, Honolulu, Hawaii,

Come with me and I will tell you the story of The Liljestrand House which is a masterpiece of both mid-century modern and Hawaiian design. This is part one of a 3 part post (part 2 and part 3 here). The house is just that wonderful.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

mid-century modern oahu hawaii? seriously?

I know many of you are still under a foot of snow. Please don't hate me, but we spring broke for Oahu, Hawaii. However, mid-century modern was never far from my mind.

Mid-Century Modern Building Architecture Oahu Hawaii Waikiki
Hotel above the Versace store in Waikiki

Actually mid-century modern was all over the place, because, of course, Hawaii, like many other places, had a housing boom after WWII. We were extremely fortunate to get a private tour of a very special home in Oahu. That is coming up in the next post. In the meantime, let me whet your mid-century modern appetite with a few other photos.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

it's spring and everything is coming up (saarinen) tulips!

Every single time I purchase furniture on eBay, I have regrets. Usually it is the crazy shipping costs. Or the fact I have over paid substantially for the item.

Saarinen Tulip Stool
Yay! A late night package delivery.
Not this time.