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Wednesday
Jul252012

Michael Wells encore

Sometimes a picture traps you, pulls you in, seduces you. An image grows into imagination, inspiration. Something as simple as light and film, a shutter and a bucket load of talent takes your breath away. (OK we all know that the light and film thing is old hat and don't get me to explain the intricacies of digital imagining because I can't. As for the simplicity of a bucketful of talent I let the hyperbole run away from me.) All I really know is that photographer Michael Wells has "it", the gift, the knack. Enjoy his portfolio .... so much more new work since last time he popped up on our pages here.

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Tuesday
Jul172012

Incorporated - part 2

This next home by Incorporated (called Sixteen Doors - guess why) caught my eye beause of the mid-century vibe and the simplicity of the structure. In such beautiful surroundings, anything more would have been completely unneccessary. Now THIS is a "cabin". It has confirmed my belief that long, rectangular homes are so basic yet the layout is really effective and I find this so very appealing. 

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Tuesday
Jul102012

Down on the ranch

Caterpillar House, a modern interpretation of the ranch style house with a serious mid-century riff. It's low slung and open planned, sitting comfortably in its surrounds. A rammed earth home rising from fields of waving grass. Environmentally sustainable and good looking. Caterpillar House by Feldman Architecture.

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Wednesday
Jul042012

Secrest Architecture

Steve of Tuscon's Secrest Architecture heard about our blog from his nephew who's a follower of our wee blog and provided us some photos and details of one his projects. I love the mid-century vibe and indoor/outdoor blending together.  

The Silvertree residence is a study in how a small, dated, closed in and inwardly focused residence can be revived into an inspiring modern space that interacts with the outdoors. The wonderful climate of the Sonoran desert, and the opportunity for indoor-outdoor living, was ignored in the previous floor plan of this vaguely Mediterranean 1970s home. A new multi-functional space, and a remodeled kitchen and dining room, all revolve around a new three-sided fireplace. These new spaces allow the rest of the existing house to be connected with the exterior. The garage was relocated, creating better access in and out of the garage and allowing the rest of the rear of the house to open to the exterior. The new garage acts as a showplace for the owners beloved restored 1970 Citroen DS. A pantry was added between living areas and the new garage creating a transitional space and extra storage for the new kitchen. Mullion less butt-jointed glazing was used on the north facade to strengthen the connectivity with the outdoors and provide unfettered views. Large retractable screens concealed in the ceiling provide privacy and solar control when needed.

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Tuesday
Jun192012

Reader's home - Kathleen's mid-century home in Belgium

I've got a reader's home to share with you today, thanks to Kathleen: I am a painter and interior design student from Leuven, Belgium and I love all vintage and retro things. I am a big fan of the Brussels flee markets and thrift stores and furnished almost all my house with it. I live for 15 years in my house now - a 1930's midterraced, 2 storey house in the university town of Leuven. My painting and windows are on: kathleenmineetalage.weebly.com. I'm a big fan of mid-century decor, and Kathleen's home has lots of cool vintage MCM pieces such as a Bertoia chair, West German pottery, teak Danish chairs and OMG fab leather sofa! 

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