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
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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In total self disclosure I was a crazy lady on a mission yesterday! Well that is probably true of many days, but yesterday I was particularly crazed. If you happened to read my previous blogs like this one on hosting guests, you have probably already surmised I'm a little over the top when it comes to organizing. I realized long ago that my consistently inconsistent tendencies were cause to compensate, thus adapting OCD behaviors.
It's true, all those personality assessments I've done over the years prove it. I've learned to accept and LOVE that I have gained a talent for and a love of the saying "A place for everything and everything in it's place."
It's why Dave and I have made it our goal to create the biggest, bad ass pantries and closets in every one of our home renovations so homeowners can organize til their little hearts desire.
There....I'm glad I got that out on the table! Now.....back to the story.
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.
“You flip houses? I want to do that. How do I get started?” We are asked this many times over. The question is usually followed by a knowing smile between Dave and I. Our response begins with the word “flip". The definition of flip, meaning to turn over, upturn, or capsize is the most inaccurate definition of why we do what we do. People don’t buys sticks and bricks, they buy a feeling and we carefully choose houses that we can restore (not flip) into someone’s forever home. One they feel connected to. If you are considering investing in a real estate renovation, consider these 10 tips.
A Dream Design Challenge
In every home we do, we fall in love with certain aspects of our renovations. Our entire family agreed this beauty was one we could all just snuggle into and be perfectly happy. All four kiddos even claimed their own room! It was a design dream come true. We hope you stop back and check out our Devonshire story on one of our next blogs.
Go ahead, take a peek at one of our most fav home designs. And stay tuned for some great blog posts featuring before photos of this and other renovations.
I love designing nursery’s. Maybe it’s because my kids are all ALMOST teens? Maybe I just love the warmth in creating a space that is home to many first memories for parents and those chubby cheeked babies.
Hands down this nursery was my FAVORITE! I wanted to share the low down on this room because it’s easy to go crazy designing a nursery. It’s an exciting time and you want everything perfect for your new bundle of joy. But honestly, you don’t have to spend a lot to make something special for you and your bambino.
The previous owners of our last renovation, excited to move to their new home with fresh new furnishings left many pieces behind. Of course, when asked if that was ok, I said “ABSOLUTELY”, having no plan on what to do with any of it but not passing up an opportunity to try.
I wanted a fresh new look but was struggling on committing to a theme. Until I started digging through a bunch of prints left behind in storage I stumbled across these gems. I have to admit, they were destined for Goodwill until I took a second look and realized the 3 lovelies in the prints were all babies! And my theme was set in motion.
Some spray paint and a little CERAMCOAT paint I had on hand is all it took to really bring out the beauty in these prints. The images just pop now!
The crib was also left behind and the best part, it’s light and easy to move—great for future staging projects!
I set out to find some fun accessories without breaking the bank. The crib skirt by LIZ & ROO was a little more than I wanted to spend but I resolved its neutrality and future use to justify the $99 tag.
The rug, OH how I wish you could touch it…this WAYFAIR find is sooo dreamy! After I discovered the end tables, trunk and lamp all FREE left in the house and perfect for the Out of Africa theme I knew I had to have the rug!
Y’all know I love me some HOBBY LOBBY and again they didn’t disappoint. I found the rest of the wall art on clearance with an additional 50% off. My total cost, $20…SCORE!
The biggest project but not an expensive one I had yet to tackle. I had this vision of mosquito netting…a necessity in the African Outback…and started getting creative.
My daughter Demi and I decided a hula hoop would make the perfect frame. I wrapped it in white duct tape I had at home, grabbed 4 sheers for next to nothing at WALMART, added some gray ribbon I had, clipped the hula hoop, threaded the panels, and duct taped it back together. I finished it off with some tulle attached to the hula hoop and a silver ring to hang it. The coolest part…it took me only an hour to complete! Total cost if you were to purchase all materials about $40.00.
To complete the room my mom painted the rocker left at the house. (Side note, my mom paints almost all our pieces with oil based paint, it lasts and doesn’t chip!) I found a burlap canvas I had in my art sanctuary and added the saying to it. The rhino I had from a previous room I did and that cute little smooshie stuffed elephant I scored on Amazon. If you like the paint color it’s Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk. I use it in a lot of nursery’s very neutral and warm.
I know…I got lucky with a lot of free finds but I’m telling you once you decide on a theme start searching you will stumble on deals and be so excited. Ask friends, if you want something specific. I’m a huge fan of using Facebook to find what you want either from friends or on marketplace.
Are you doing a “safari” room? We would love to see your photos! Please share them with us here or on our Facebook Page @restorationharmony14 Have fun and happy designing!
Angela and Dave Schrad
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