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Mid-Century + Modern Design

Highlighting the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic from home furnishings to decor.

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This week the always beautiful and sometimes controversial Sea Ranch will celebrate its 50th year with open doors when nine homes showcasing the evolution of the Sea Ranch architectural tradition through the decades will be featured as part of the annual Mendocino-Sonoma Coast home tour.

Included in the tour is a 1966 Hedgerow House, one of six designed by Joseph Esherick. With their rustic wood siding and sloping roofs, the Hedgerow Houses defined the original Sea Ranch style. The progression of the decades will also include showcase structures designed by Charles Moore and William Turnbull – both original Sea Ranch architects. A contemporary design created by Norman Millar and Judith Sheine brings Sea Ranch into the 21st Century with a home of

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Fine Homebuilding magazine just released the 2015 issue of HOUSES Awards. From entries throughout North America, editors of Fine Homebuilding chose an Eichler home as Best Remodel for 2015!

With a new lease on life created by San Francisco architect John Klopf, this 5-bedroom Eichler, located in Burlingame CA, has found the sweet spot between Eichler’s Mid-Century style and 21st Century necessities. Klopf restored, reconfigured, and brightened existing spaces and brought modern technology into the home, creating the best of two worlds: a classic, MCM atrium Eichler that is well designed for today’s busy lifestyle.

To see photos of this beautifully updated Eichler home visit Klopf Architecture and Fine Homebuilding.

Photo: Charles Miller /

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It seems that Palm Springs has been on my mind lately.  Maybe it is Mid-Century Modern in the playground of the stars envy.  Or maybe it is time for a little vacation to soak up the sun, hang out in Frank Sinatra’s neighborhood, and party Mad Men style.  Palm Springs Modernism Week is celebrating its 10th anniversary – and I’d love to be there!

Even though, much as I’d love to be there, Palm Springs Modernism Week isn’t on my calendar this year, I can still live vicariously – and do the grand tour when I do make down to SoCal by downloading the new Palm Springs Modern App.  I kid you not.  There’s an app offering a self-guided auto tour of 80+ Mid-Century landmarks in Palm Springs, profiles of some of the key players in the architecture of the area,

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All of you in SoCal have a great home tour coming up this week.  The Jack and Jill Guild of Orange County is presenting their 43rd Annual Holiday Home Tour on Friday, November 21, 2014.  What is particularly exciting about this year’s tour is that two amazing Eichler homes will be in the mix, as well as a completely updated Mid-Century home and a classic Spanish Hacienda.

Anyone who has read Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes is familiar with one of the Eichlers on the tour.  This thoughtfully modified 2,066 square feet home, located in the city of Orange, was featured on the cover!  This is an incredible opportunity to appreciate this lovely Eichler home in person.

Also on the tour is a 1964 Eichler in the Fairhills Eichler

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If you just can’t wait for the official weeklong Modernism Week extravaganza in February, head to Palm Springs this weekend for a 4-day preview.  The festivities kick off on Friday, October 10, 2014 with tours of the Rat Pack’s playground and an Aloha, Modernism Week celebration featuring Hawaiian music, hula dancing, and a poolside showing of Elvis’ movie Blue Hawaii.

The fun continues on Saturday and Sunday with more tours, parties, modernist art exhibits, and the very first annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale.  You can meet Nancy Baron, who authored The Good Life - Palm Springs, hunt for Mid-Century treasures at the Modernism Yard Sale, or hook up with other riders for a bicycling tour of the city.  Monday morning wraps things up with a few

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San Francisco’s eleventh annual Architecture and the City month is about to begin and, as always, it promises to be an amazing celebration of all things architectural.  This year’s theme, Home: My San Francisco, will explore how architecture and design factor into a modern interpretation of home.

What I’m particularly lovin’ about this year’s celebration is that it includes the kids.  Of course there are the events that we grown ups would enjoy - including films (and the lineup looks like fun), professional lectures, and all sorts of tours that take participants to just about every nook and cranny of the City; but it’s the programs for children that pique my interest.

As part of Architecture and the City month, the Contemporary Jewish Museum is

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Los Angeles is getting its first ever Sunset Idea House!  There have been so many up here in NorCal that it seems it is about time for our friends in LA to get one of their own.  Last year, Sunset ventured to Washington, but most of Sunset’s Idea Houses have been within a relatively easy drive of the Bay Area.  Sunset created the eco-glam green Idea House in San Francisco, a chic Sierra retreat near Lake Tahoe, and a Gold Country get-away in El Dorado Hills – not to mention the upscale barn-style Idea House in Monterey Bay and the Breezehouse in Healdsburg (which, BTW, happens to be one of my favorites).

This year’s Idea House is a 4500 square-foot home in Manhattan Beach.  Just minutes from the seashore, the 2014 Idea House will redefine what beach

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Conjuring up images of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Rat Pack, Mid-Century Retro style is back and inspiring an entire new generation of design.  It’s simple lines, bold colors, and geometric shapes are as au courant today as they were 60 years ago.  If you are looking to put some Mid-Century glam into your home, keep a few basic notions in mind:

  • Less is more.  Clean simple lines that play up the natural beauty of the design are key, whether your style is Danish Modern, Eames, or Eero Saarinen.
  • Light boldly. Lighting came into its own in the mid-1900s.  Table lamps were tall, curvy, and slim and futuristic chandeliers became focal points.
  • Geometric sets the tone.  A vintage wall hanging of squares or circles will add a definite Mid-Century
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If you are looking for some inspiration for modern living, Dwell on Design LA is the place to go.  Although tickets for this weekend’s East Side Modern Home Tour are sold out, it’s not too late to register for tickets to the big expo happening June 20–22, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Described as America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design LA promises to be a three day fun-fest with hundreds of exhibitors and speakers offering inspiration, continuing education, and free design consultations.  Check out kitchen and bath design ideas featuring exhibits from industry leaders.  See the latest and greatest in home décor, contemporary architecture, and outdoor living and landscaping. And you won’t want to miss Dwell’s first ever pop-up

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Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism just opened at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum.  Organized in collaboration with guest curator Donald Albrecht, the exhibit explores the design and architectural contributions that Jewish émigrés made in in post-WWII America.

The exhibit includes art, architecture, and everyday objects that have become an integrated part of American homes.  Included in the display is an advertisement for an Eichler home, paying homage to the fact that Joseph Eichler, in addition to being at the forefront of Modernism in America, was known for his progressive views on nondiscrimination.  Other work on display at this celebration of Mid-Century Modern sensibilities is work by Alvin Lustig, Ruth Adler Schnee, and

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