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Style Trends Book – Wide-Lot Ranch

40s-house-styles-00740s-house-styles-008Another great 1940’s  houseplan from the Style Trends Book. The element that really sets this ranch apart are the large windows on both sides of the living room. I love our “wall of glass” windows in our living room, but I can’t imagine having them on both sides. How would that work out?  Ours is facing our back yard, but we have several houses on our street that have a large window in the front yard.  Some of them have solved the privacy issue by planting trees or hedges to seperate them from the road, and others have actually frosted the glass of the front window.  That makes me sad, since it would be a shame to lose the great view, but I wouldn’t want every person who drives down the street to see me watching television!

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Popular Science’s DIY 1950s Home

On Valentine’s Day, Hubby and I drove 2 hours up North to go to a restaurant we discovered while we were first dating.  Most people would think that was too far for dinner, but I always look forward to long drives with my husband. We spend those trips talking, and I mean really talking.  At home there are distractions and dishes, phone calls and bills, and pretty soon we fall into bed exhausted.  But when we go for a drive there are no distractions, and we talk for hours about philosopy, art, our relationship and other abstract things that we normally don’t talk about during the busy week.

And we get to shop!

We are always suckers for a mysterious looking shop, a cute roadside stand, and pretty much every antique store we can lay our eyes on.  So when we arrived early for our dinner reservations, we decided to drive around the little town we were in until we found some place to shop.  Of course, about 30 seconds later, we stumbled on a cute little antique shop, where I found this magazine:Popular Science MCM

And a MCM fountain of information! The main article consists of do-it-yourself decorating and furniture ideas for the “modern” home. They are so great, like this one for a bathroom vanity.

PS Bathroom Vanity

Stay tuned for more ideas from this fun article, including a room divider, a garden shed and even furniture!

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A Piece of the Past and Hubby’s Love for MCM

Well, another mystery of life has been solved. The in-laws brought a bunch of boxes with them when they came visiting this weekend.  Most of them were Hubby’s memorabilia from their basement for us to hold on to, since we have a ton of storage room downstairs.  While we were looking through some of the boxes, we discovered a bunch of old photos he had taken when he was about 10.  As we sifted through the photos, we came across some of his grandparent’s house.

“Look at this!”  I said, waving a photo in the air, “This looks like our bathroom! And look at the wallpaper!”Grandpa's Bathroom

He snatched the photos from my hand and flipped through them slowly.  “Oh my God,” he said, ” I remember taking these!  My grandfather had died and this is the last time we were in the house before it was going to be sold. I took pictures of things in the house that I thought were cool and I wanted to remember.”

I looked at him. “At 10? Seriously?”

He laughed and shrugged. “I have good memories of this stuff. Especially the basement!”

Grandpa's Basement

I know my sister-in-law’s cuteness is overwhelming, but check out the support beams. They were metal, covered with diamond shaped tile!  Hubby remember’s them being a glossy white and brownish/rust colored.

Basement Shuffleboard

The shuffleboard setup in the basement. I LOVE the tile patterns. In the doorway, you can see the tile continuing on the stairs.  Hubby thinks it went all the way upstairs. Wow.

Grandpa's House

Picture of the outside of the house.

Mirror

Living room wall with etched glass mirror.  I am surprised hubby would pick this, since it is a pretty organic design. Ah well, one way he has changed over the years!

I wonder if it is too much to hope that the house still has some of these elements left?  Probably. This pictures were taken about 20 years ago, and I guess the house has been remodeled some since then. Hubby’s mom has driven past the house recently, and said they even put a second story on the home. Oh well. At least we have the pictures, and Hubby has the memories, and now we have another piece to the puzzle of our love for Mid-Century Modern!

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