Near the Yosemite national park entrance is AutoCamp Yosemite, a really cool setup that includes a mid-century modern clubhouse, a general store, swimming pool, and accommodations that includes Airstreams, luxury tents, basecamps and cabins. This looks like it would be sooooooo much fun to spend a weekend here. Designed by Lauren Geremia.
Looking forward to the end of pandemic life, when walking into a craft brewery to have a beer and hang out is a normal, acceptable activity. (Nothing is normal yet here in Ontario. I am 2 months overdue for a hair cut/colour as they can’t open yet, I have to wait 20 minutes in a line with one person ahead of us at an appliance store today to go buy a new stove because ours is dying a slow death, which was next to Ikea and I swear there were 200 people in line there, it’s raining all weekend so all of the restaurants are screwed and can only offer takeout since the are only allowed to have people on patios). Ten20 Craft Brewery was a massive renovation of what once was a concrete box and huge refrigeration coolers, formerly a 28,000 square foot meat processing facility known as Dryden Provisions. We used nature and the history of Kentucky as inspiration – colors of the natural landscape on the walls and in the textiles, charcoal wallpaper with natural grasses, stone and granite countertops, an oxidized metal bar front, exposed concrete walls and floors and last but certainly not least, quilt pattern inspired handcrafted tile work on the taproom columns. Velvet mid century chairs, channeled leather barstools, a variety and mix of time periods created a space that felt more collected and home-like. We used vintage rugs for warmth and pattern, velvet curtains to separate the space from room to room and a lime-washed wall with sculptured like dried barley and letters spelling out their ethos for everyone to see. Designed by Jaclyn Journey and Amanda Jacobs of Journey + Jacobs Design Studio. (Photos: Lang Thomas Studios)
I follow people on Instagram for several reasons. Two of the main reasons are to find inspiration for this here blog and to find really cool and unique vintage items since scoring anything like that here in Ottawa is rare. Alain of Morceau is one of the latter. He has a little shop in Montreal but mostly sells his scores of mid-century finds via Instagram (perhaps that might change once life returns to normal and shopping becomes easier). Alot of what he posts sells quick so you have to on the lookout and act fast! Still kicking myself for not getting the Grifo lamp by G.H. Tew for Artemide in the 3rd last photo. (I’ll blame it on the pandemic and my inability to cross the Quebec border). And WHOA that Wassily chair in tan leather is HOT! So if you’re into MCM give Alain a follow!
Mid-century meets traditional in this Lisbon apartment by André Vilar de Azevedo of Studio AVA and the result is fresh and decidedly on trend. Who would have thought that you could mix your blue and white pots with Jeanneret chairs and that a simple white hallway with modern mouldings and antique statuary could be so sexy?
I LOVE this Venice, California home which happens to belong to Anna Paquin and Steve Moyer. A sweet vintage, mid-century modern vibe, designed by Arabella McIntosh. Arabella completed the interior decoration and styling of this 7000 sqft home in just five months during 2019 while the family were overseas filming. The brief was to add warmth and character to the newly built home. With a group ethos on sustainability and using materials already in circulation they were able to create a new home with as little new materials as possible. Over 80% of Arabella’s budget was spent on vintage pieces and materials. Antiques were sourced from all over the US and from Europe. Custom pieces were created to suit the large family’s needs. The oversized dining table/ ping pong table in the downstairs area Arabella designed is made from maple floorboards salvaged from a bowling alley – and the iron base was once a kitchen island. The pendant that sits above it is a repurposed truck hubcap, and even the canopy is vintage, sourced to match the patina of the light. It doubles as a large seating area to entertain guests next to the wet bar. It also doubles as a ping pong table for Steve and his son with a removable custom leather net and paddles. (Architect: Studio of Environmental Architecture; Landscape Design: Big Red Sun; Photos: Jess Isaac)