April 05, 2018

Midcentury Design Plan | Updated Nursery

Back in 2015, I designed a nursery for my son, Adler, who arrived in early 2016. I am so excited to be doing a little redesigning for that bedroom again, because in July we will be welcoming a girl into our family! I am anxious to use some of the pink artwork I've been collecting over the years.

You may remember the nursery I did for Adler, which looked like this: 
We used a lot of things we already had: the chair, our Broyhill Brasilia dresser which I use as a changing table, a bookshelf we had in another room. And to be honest, it wasn't a huge overhaul, as we did NOT paint the room, and did not buy anything new except the shag rug and the blue lamp. I used all the same bedding as I did for his older brother five years prior, and swapped out a bookcase we had previously had in our own bedroom.

Our third (and possibly final) child will get a new paint job, new bed linens, a new rug, and a few fun accessories. I'll finally be getting that flamingo print framed, and I'm excited to hang that painting on the wall.

We are going to re-use the major pieces of furniture: crib, dresser, chair, but mix it up a bit with some more feminine colors (I've always loved pink myself) and a fresh paint job.

Life with three kids sounds crazy to me, but we are excited for July and this sweet babe to arrive!

February 15, 2018

Various Midcentury Modern Rooflines

Many people ask me what the difference between midcentury modern and midcentury modest homes are, and when it comes down to it, it's the roofline. While I've seen some of the most modest ranches homes full of modern details, I'd still classify that home as a modest ranch with modern details inside.

What are these rooflines? I've personally documented many of them and try to share them as discovered in real life on the MidModMich Instagram feed. While there are a plethora of examples in large midcentury modern communities such as Palm Springs, these rooflines also exist right here in West Michigan - many even here in Grand Haven.

The butterfly roofline is my personal favorite, but the folded plate comes in as a very close second. Our own home has a very common shed roofline, but still stands out on our street of traditional midcentury ranches. The timeless flat roofline is what many people associate with midcentury modern homes, but there are many more. My husband's favorite is the hyperbolic paraboloid, which is a rare breed, but do exist - we even have a couple of local examples on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Here are some examples of rooflines for you to see the differences...

Butterfly, this is a local Grand Haven example I snapped from my car a few winters ago.

Folded Plate, a classic Donald Wexler-designed home in Palm Springs, this is one of the seven steel homes.

Shed, This is our home here in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Flat, this is the Stahl House in Los Angeles

Flat, This is the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois

Hyperbolic Paraboloid, another local Grand Haven home, this one sits on Lake Michigan

Wide Gable, asymmetrical, I snapped this sidewalk photo in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Wide Double Gable, Another local favorite here in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Swiss Miss, A classic Palm Springs home snapped by my sister a few years ago.

Flat Rounded, this one is an unusual home designed by the same architect as our home, Latvian-born Krisjanis Grants. It is in Spring Lake, Michigan, and was built by the brother of the man who built our home.

A Frame, mostly seen as getaway/lake homes. We were going to buy this little cutie in 2016, but inspections were a complete nightmare and we had to walk away. This is located in Ludington, Michigan.

December 20, 2017

East Grand Rapids Midcentury Modest | Before & After

I worked on this adorable midcentury modest ranch in East Grand Rapids at the beginning of 2017. It was a fun project with a very fun client, and it all came together beautifully! We worked together on the kitchen, dining & bathroom.

Nearly everything was touched in this house: flooring, kitchen & dining, plus the bathroom. All new lighting, appliances, baseboards & trim, paint, etc. It's basically like a brand new home wrapped up into an adorable midcentury home in a desirable neighborhood.

While this is the only all-white kitchen I've ever designed, this house didn't have the oversized windows I'm usually working with, so the white-n-bright that my client was drawn to during the design process was certainly the right direction here.

Of course I went minimal with slab doors & non-obtrusive finger pulls. We got rid of the wall between the dining & kitchen, which made a huge difference in the overall flow. We took out the traditional U-shaped kitchen and replaced it with a center island, which is great for entertaining and casual dining. My client fell in LOVE with the stunning iridescent backsplash tile, and I couldn't resist adding some wood with those oversized West Elm pendants I've always loved.

My client has decided to sell this adorable little home, so it's currently listed with my favorite midcentury modern-loving Realtor, Emily Verwys. Head on over to the listing for more information! Hope it goes to someone who will love it as much as I do :)



BEFORE Listing photo

AFTER! All living room furniture sourced by the client. 


BEFORE Listing photo

AFTER! Designed by True Home Restorations


BEFORE Listing photo

AFTER! Designed by True Home Restorations

Again, this house is currently on the market for $285,000. It's such a great home and I would LOVE to see it go to someone who loves it as much as the client does. Head on over to the official listing for more information!




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