Mid-Century Modern architecture speckled post-war suburbia throughout much of the 1950s and 60s and beyond, Architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, credited as the driving force behind the movement, designed homes flat roofs, expansive windows, and multi-functional aspects built into the interiors.
You can see Wright’s work across Iowa, including the Paul J. and Ida Trier house built in 1958 in the heart of Johnston. The Usonian style home, coined by Wright as a simple, stylish, small house designed for the middle class is a perfect example of clean lines, functionality and creative uses for every usable space.
Having lived in Clear Lake and worked in Mason City I've had the pleasure of seeing some of his work first hand. One of the most impressive is the renovation of the Historic Park Inn Hotel in downtown Mason City. You should really check it out on a weekend road trip as well as a visit to the Stockman House also in Mason City and just a short drive away the Alvin Miller home in Charles City. Well worth the drive.
And Natural elements, mixed metals, and geometric shapes adorned Mid-mod interiors. Think Mad Men. If this style appeals to you fire up Netflix, and watch a few episodes of the popular series for inspiration or consider these suggestions.
Here is a great example above. This is an 8000 sq ft. Mid-Mod Dave and I renovated last year. I can't wait to show you the after photos. I melted when I walked in for all the history just sitting there ready for me to explore. It was stunning as is and even more beautiful after. And yes, that is a sunken living room with built in fire pit and a 3 story waterfall to boot. They kept both!
When decorating, look for sofas with low backs. Those finished with natural wood elements or upholstered in light leather or muted neutrals. Sectionals with multi-function pieces are great for entertaining. Tufted Chesterfield’s offer comfort and a touch of masculinity. Sofa’s with built-in end tables work well in small spaces.
While you are out road tripping skip on over to Eagle Grove, Iowa and visit Tom at Gramma's Attic and Antique Vintage and Retro. These are just a few examples of what you might find. Makes me want to grab a martini!
Other fundamental interior elements include platform beds or those with low headboards. Soft curved seating as you see here, and dining pieces such as Eames inspired chairs and tables with peg, diagonal, or hairpin legs.
Consider lighting changes with metal elements such as globe pendant lighting, mobile chandeliers (I call them “sputnik-esque”), and arc floor and table lamps. Yes, they are all back on trend and readily available!
Introduce geometric shapes with accessories, wall art, fabrics, and wallpaper.
If you are drooling over all these retro rooms it's okay, we are too! Now, wipe off the drool and start clicking and following these two Iowa businesses.
Another favorite Mid-Mod haunts, is Modville . It is right down the road from us. Keith and Amy are not only fun, they know their stuff and can help find what you are looking for, even if you can't find it in the 6000 square foot space, they can find it somewhere on this lovely planet. And....there is also a likely possibility they may even have some PBR on hand so stop in and start shopping.
Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “Style is important, A style is not." If you appreciate Mid-mod elements, go ahead and pepper pieces throughout your home that speak to you. Meld design styles. Create a feeling reflective of you! Design and love your very own personal brand and style.
Freddie Mercury may have the best definition of the Boho design style we will explore this month. The word bohemian originated in France in the early nineteenth century and defined the lifestyle of Gypsies. Writers, artists, and musicians often made up this group. Rebelling against social norms, they embraced living a more easy come, easy go, vagabond lifestyle for their art.
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The Boho interior design style embraces the quote by Queen that "any way the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me." A concept that anything goes. Gypsies made do with treasures they found on their travels creating a cozy if only temporary living space on the road. Think bold jewel-toned colors, texture, quirky accent pieces, and lots of patterns. To achieve the look in your home consider these tips. â
Neutrals: Start with warm colors as your base for furnishings. Everything will be layered with textures, patterns, and pops of color so having warm foundation pieces such as a sofa and chairs will accentuate the beauty of every article you bring into the room. â
Mix old and new: Scour vintage shops for pieces. Use furnishings you have collected over time to create a cozy, carefree feeling. Bright rugs with bold patterns can anchor your room. If vintage is not your thing, consider shopping All Modern for all things boho from rugs to chairs and pillows. â
More is more: Fill every space with what makes you happy â books, sculptures, pillows, fabrics, and art. The goal is to create beauty in the mess. Incorporate pieces that spark memories and happiness. A juxtaposition between a new lamp, a hand dyed throw and a small sculpture and a stack of old books create an eye-catching vignette. âThis room is just yummy. Check out all the cool bohemian ideas at the_indigo_leopard_home
Add Life: Macrame plant hangers with live greenery is one easy way to add texture and natural elements to your Boho room. A large plant in a corner such as a dieffenbachia helps soften the room. â
Finally and most importantly embrace your wanderlust. Add finishing touches that conjure up roads less traveled Collections and art from your travels, that emulate a well-traveled space full of life! â
Last month we talked about identifying your design style. We promised to focus on popular styles over the coming months to help refine the look you aspire to achieve.
If you answered the style quiz and found you are drawn to warm, calming, neutral colors Prefer clean lines mixed with cozy elements. If you find happiness and comfort by blending the old with the new, while combining practical function, then the modern farmhouse style might be right for you.
Farmhouses architecture originated in Scandinavia and was introduced to the United States in the 1700’s. Farmhouses were built to last even the most severe weather conditions which is why so many are still standing today.
They often boasted wrap around porches, large kitchens, and both functional and formal spaces, separated by double doors or pocket doors to close rooms off or open them up for entertaining. They were also designed this way to create air flow throughout the home.
When you think Farmhouse you think of white exteriors. Lime paint, referred to as whitewashing protected a home from the elements, it was inexpensive, and easy to apply, while giving the exterior a fresh look, which is why many farmhouses had white exteriors. I'm telling you if you have never white washed something give it a try. It's so easy even your kids can partake. Why do you think those picket fences were white?
While your home may not look like a traditional farmhouse on the exterior you can easily create the look on the interior of your home. Today, the modern farmhouse style fuses the interior style of another era with neutral wall colors, natural fabrics, and weathered woods and metals. Like this one from our renovation on Devonshire. This particular home is an 6000 sq ft. 1970's rambler with very formal and traditional exterior finishes original to the home.
To achieve the look start with neutral walls. Some of our favorite colors are Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk (SW7554), Agreeable Gray (SW7029) and Snowfall (SW6000). Other elements like butcher block countertops, apron sinks, and weathered wrapped beams can help complete the canvas of your interior.
The farmhouse era was a time of simplicity filled with charm and character, interiors were an evolution. Consider mixing family heirlooms, found items, and repurposed finds to achieve the look. Slip cover a chair using ticking or grain sack fabric.
Add texture to your walls with wallpaper, barn board or ship lap. Utilitarian pieces used on the farm can be infused into your decor. Perhaps an enamel pitcher as a vase, or a galvanized wash tub to store blankets.
Grab your old sweaters to create texture by making throw pillows. Most importantly, add items that cultivate memories or make you feel happy. Don’t worry about them matching perfectly or fitting a prescribed farmhouse style. Just have fun.
I don't know about you but I'm loving these colors for sooo many reasons. First, I've just about had it with below zero temps so I'm focusing my attention on visualization. Visualizing spring flowers, green grass, and warmer temps. If you are from the midwest you can feel my pain.
After creating this palette, I started perusing Pinterest for some cool pins using these colors. Wow! Look what I found. A little inspiration to brighten up our day and get ready for a spring restyle. BTW, if you don't follow Restoration Harmony on Pinterest, hop on over right HERE and follow our boards-- it's inspiration overload that we love. You can never have too much!
This is a great example of how to add black into the pastel mix. I love the soft walls and the way the photos just pop. The gallery wall and accessories add warmth and texture. (via brit+co)
Let's talk pink for a moment. Charming Pink is one of my fav Sherwin Williams colors. When the kids and I built our home I was insistent on pink in my master bedroom. Of course you can about guess what my friends and contractors at Dreamscape Homebuilders had to say. You can check it out here. But truly it is now stunning with the centerpiece chandelier, coved ceilings and a bed meant for a princess. Fast forward 4 years and now married, I was ready for Dave to baulk at the feminine romance...but as I've researched....and ladies you can use this as a selling point when picking your master decor... A man should feel like a guest in your bedroom. Just sayin! It ups the romance factor, I've been told. Whether true or not I'm a believer.
Here is another subtle pastel landscape for a master. A little glitz a little glam is always a winner. (via izzyevans.co) The light colored walls similar to the alabaster in the color palette are so warm and soft you just can't go wrong.
Throws and pillows are such an economical way to add pops of your fav spring palette. And we know we picked a winner Izzy and Zeni love to snuggle with this amazing find from Amazon as much as we do. A little gift from the hubs recently. You can get your very own right here and what a bargain!
Now we all know how important accessories are and I can't help but look at these two examples and not think of spring. I'm a huge advocate for mixing timeless pieces with a touch of vintage to complete a look. Imagine both of these vignette's tied together in a room. It just adds varied points of interest..EYE CANDY LOVE! (Via Vintage Home and Yvonne at Stone Gable
It's time to use your imagination. First I want you to picture the room in the palette painted instead Aqua-Sphere. Oh, never mind--just check out the pic below. Now add the combo of these adorable chairs (via HGTV), the gray-blue armoire (via Home Bunch), the pink blanket (via AMAZON), subtle accessories, a mix of black and white photos and frames and BOOM! You have just created your spring look for whatever room tickles your fancy.
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I found these awesome chalkboards online and decided I needed to create something fun for Christmas. I loved the idea of combining a wreath and some handwriting but dang pre-made wreaths are expensive. I had some garland lying around from another project and thought why not? As it turned out I got 3 wreaths out of one garland and a little extra left over for something else....I'm not sure what yet. Here is what you will need to create the entire project.
If you are like me you have tote after tote of holiday decorations. I’ve hauled at least 10 totes through 6 moves and I needed to take control and liquidated. I still have all those sentimental ornaments EVERY one of my kiddos ornaments carefully stored and labeled, but I have resolved that I DON’T need to display all those gems-that is just exhausting! Instead, the kids pick out their favorites while we listen to Christmas music and reminisce about where they got them, who gave them to them and their memories of Christmas’ past. Here are a few tips on how I stay organized and repurpose my decorations for a fresh, new look each year.
Organize and Save Time and Money
I have a little obsession about designing my tree’s each year. It’s kinda like Christmas for me to open each tote and start planning. I organize my decorations by color. The first tip is FREE. Simply by taking the time to pack up your décor by color allows you to start planning your tree and where you might want or need to supplement for next year…or what to shop for during after Christmas sales. Hobby Lobby and Target are two of my favorites and I often grab deals at 75% off! I simply check out what colors I may need more of or want to add before I shop and then put them in each tote by color theme when I get home. My own little Christmas gift to myself for the coming year.
This year, I had not only the two trees in our city home to decorate but we also have one at our acreage, an office tree and I decided to stage our latest flip house for Christmas too. By the way, the house sold in 10 days and I am confident the timing and cozy holiday decor helped in selling it so quickly. There is just something so powerful in the spirit of Christmas.
Avoid the VOID!
Take a look at these trees. For our flip house I pulled in the turquoise, red and silver from each of my totes. There isn’t anything worse than a bare tree and I’ve found that feather boas remedy the empty tree dilemma. They are super inexpensive, easy to find and you don’t need many. Oriental Trading and Hobby Lobby have a great selection. In tree 2, I used burlap rolls of ribbon I had leftover from our wedding reception. It can’t get any easier than tucking large ribbon throughout the tree. Easy Peasy!
Another favorite filler are poinsettia’s. They come in fabulous colors. I found Walmart has a clip on version in so many colors and I scooped up dozens last year on clearance. However, if you need them now and fast try the Hobby Lobby floral department where they sell large stems with 8-10 poinsettia’s per stem. I buy them during the 50% off sale and use my wire cutters to cut each one from the stem and tuck them in throughout the tree. VOILA! problemo solved.
Transform your current décor into holiday features.
I love apothecary pieces and have them throughout our homes. Think beyond Christmas specific pieces and incorporate what you already have. It saves money and storage space. I used stems I purchased this year, with what I had to create this display that coordinates with our tree. You can also “Wrap” your throw pillows? Simply take ribbon and tie a bow just like you would a package. It adds instant holiday cheer. I did add a few new pillows from Hobby Lobby and Target this year because… well.. I just haven’t found a pillow I don’t like, and they are sooo inexpensive and add so much to a room. Consider Wayfair throw pillow covers to save even more money and space.
Wrap it UP!
I have to admit, before I plan my theme for the season I check out what I have for wrapping paper. Seriously, this is the primary driver for creating my theme. Because I carefully add colors to my “totes” I always have something that will work. I find wrapping to match the tree just extends the theme, looks awesome and those pretty packages become decor all on their own.
It may seem as though I have a warehouse of holiday totes somewhere hidden away, but by organizing and planning from year to year I still have the same 10 totes I’ve always used, and pilfer from them for almost every holiday throughout the year.
Happy Decorating and Happy Holidays!
Angela and Dave Schrad
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