Tag Archives: Mid-Century Modern

Navy Blue Walls, The Sequel?

I think it’s been 5 years since we painted our living room

Pittsburgh Paint Flagstone gray:

paint flagstone

living room empty with gray walls and my rug

In my little world,

having any room be the same color for 5 years

is just NOT acceptable!!

Yes, it’s time for a change!

(Plus, I never really wanted gray.)

My heart was set on my favorite color — navy blue!

paint -- sailor

Sadly, as so often happens,

I was too timid to choose something so bold

+ instead, settled on the neutral gray.

(Don’t get me wrong — I do love Flagstone!)

So much for going big or going home, though.

Anyway, speaking of gray, our living room’s focal point,

this vintage sorter, is also gray:

sorter

And what a sad, sad coincidence . . .

. . . we also have a gray couch + not 1 but 2 gray chairs!

living room with gray everything

I think we can all safely say:

TOO MUCH GRAY!

So it’s not only time (5 years!?), already,

to change that gray wall color,

but I need to get rid of a gray chair or 2.

First, the walls.

Yes, my heart still belongs to navy blue,

+ who knows?

Maybe I’ll actually love this one!

sailor's coat

Navy blue paint is really hard to get right!

Sometimes it’s COBALT!  Or PURPLE!

 

But, if it was a true dark navy,

wouldn’t it look fantastic with my beloved ikat rug, though?

Here it is in our most recent past house, the brick bungalow,

where it also looks great with that dark blue furniture:

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This now brings us to the gray chair portion of our living room change.

I’m pretty sure we’re switching out that arm chair

+ getting this pretty mid-century arm chair + ottoman, instead:

chair -- dark blue with ottoman

Here it is, sans ottoman but in a tad larger photo op:

chair of blue without ottoman

It doesn’t really look that dark blue,

but I think it will work.

Fingers crossed it won’t blend into the navy blue walls behind it, God forbid.

Uh oh.  Do you see what’s happening?

There’s that pesky color doubt of mine rearing its head again.

So, just in case, I’ve got “PLAN B”, + here ’tis:

paint -- wayward wind

It reminds me of a color, Beeswax,

that we used in our riverfront farmhouse

that we built at the turn of the century.

It’s just so darn cheerful,

+ wouldn’t it complement the pretty butter yellow in my rug???

ikat rug

Oh, here we go again.

Stay tuned!


Mid-Century Modern Christmas

I’m ashamed to admit that we have NO Christmas decorations

up + at ’em here at our house.

How’s that possible?

Meanwhile, my more ambitious friend, Alan, just completed his.

Here we are in front of his late, great Chicago antique store, PATINA.

alan + kay in front of patina

Let’s take a look-see at Alan’s + his partner, Keith’s, wonderful mid-Century modern house,

all decked out for the yuletide!

alan's christmas tree

Like many mid-Century modern house plans,

Alan + Keith’s house is designed with privacy in the front,

 + with the main living spaces + lots of glass facing the backyard.

alan's dining room

Alan’s said he’s never met a hide rug he didn’t love;

I think this zebra might be new.

Loving the Eero Saarinen tulip table, the George Nelson light fixture,

that tabletop easel + the ginormous fig tree.

alan's living room wide shot

Here’s another shot of that living room with its diagonal fireplace.

Note, please, the awesome wood ceilings + beams.

Hey!  There’s more hide happiness — a rug + a pair of chairs!

alan's roaring fireplace

At one time, Alan wanted to tile over the brick of the fireplace,

but I did everything I could to dissuade him.

I love the mid-Century modern-ness of that original brick!

It’s also on the exterior of Alan + Keith’s home.

alan's living room with papillions

Interesting original artwork, no?  That’s a charcoal drawing, I think.

Please notice Alan’s recycled wood Swiss cross artwork,

displayed on a wall with an antique, wooden clamp!

Genius!

I also love a metal medical cabinet, but not as much

as I love those adorable Papillons — Sophie + Frankie.

alan's tv room

Here’s the warm + cozy TV room.

I’m a fan of wreaths in windows, aren’t you?

That signage is uber cool, as is the dark wall color,

striped rug + all those pillows!

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Wasn’t that fun?

I might be visiting Alan + that groovy house before Christmas.

We want to go see the movie, American Hustle, together!

Stay tuned!


Chicago + Celebs, Mid-Century Modern Happiness

This past Friday I drove to Chicago for another fun outing

with  my friend, Alan.

For years, wherever we are,

our favorite thing to do is to ride around + look at houses.

Here I am, doing said-same with the guys from Steely Dan:

dan and kay in car

My favorite musical geniusi:
Donald Fagen + Walter Becker

Friday, we (Alan + I) drove past this famous guy’s house in Chicago:

rahm emanuel

Chicago’s mayor
Rahm Emanuel

Over the years, my Al-meister friendship has provided me

with glimpses of the (now former) residences

of a few other Chicago celebs, including these favorites:

nate berkusjoan cusackgene siskel

Nate Berkus, Joan Cusack, the late-great Gene Siskel

Just imagine if the two of us lived near L.A. or NYC.

It might look a something like this:

alec

I used to be in love with this guy
until he ditched me
for that much younger gal.

* * * *

But back to Friday’s outing.

We enjoyed a bit of shopping, as we always do.

I bought a couple of cool vintage treasures here:

Foursided  on Clark Street in Andersonville

Foursided
on Clark Street in Andersonville

four sided chicago -- windowfour sided chicago -- funny door signs

This cool shop carries a lot of Chicago merch,

+ my plans include sending them one of my Chicago pillows:

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Fingers crossed they’ll approve of + want to sell said-same.

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But I’m digressing quite a bit again.  Back to Friday’s outing.

We shared some small plates at a Wicker Park restaurant/bar,

the name of which I don’t recall.

The food + vino were de-lish, but my highlight was our waiter.

(I don’t remember his name, either!)

Oopsie! Another bad photo!

Oopsie!
Another bad photo!

But how could I forget that he’s a St. Louis Cardinals fan?

Look!  He even retrieved his Cardinals cap to share with the class!

Go Cardinals!

* * * * * *

Now let’s have a look-see at Alan’s (+ his partner, Keith’s) mid-Century modern house:

I helped select the dark gray paint for the exterior.

I helped Alan select the dark gray paint for their exterior.

As typical of many mid-Century  modern house plans,

the street side/front of Alan + Keith’s house is quite private . . .

. . . . while inside, the living + dining rooms are oriented to the back yard.

Look at all the glass:

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And now, let’s have a look-see at some of the boys’ groovy stuff:

Vintage medical cabinet

Vintage medical cabinet

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Alan’s Swiss cross artworks, displayed with a pair of vintage wooden clamps.

Genius!

I’ve given G.O. the heads up that I love this + that I’d like at least one for myself.

He’s already forgotten, but oh, well.

More grooviness:

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People. This art gallery
is devoted to all things canine.

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I’m seriously needing something similar
with something of the Dachshund persuasion.

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There’s the ADOR-able Sophie the Papillion
in the boys’ TV room

Meanwhile, that signage is pretty radical, no?

But what say ye about the pennant pillows?

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Yes, I  made those from vintage pennants.

How could I not give them to Keith + Alan

as a “just-because” gift?


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