Who was nice enough to show us around: Lauren and Greco.
I made a desperate call for homes on our FB page and Lauren was kind enough to volunteer her home to be shown on our blog. For a moment, Lauren thought that her amazing home wasn’t Mimomito-material but I’m so glad she changed her mind. Her home is a wonderful example of how splashes of MCM pieces in a home can really add a hint of flavor to the mix. She and Greco have done a great job of mixing and matching.
What they told us about their home: A fantastic 3 bedroom/ 1 bathroom home in the cutest neighborhood. It was built in 1932 for a Japanese family that sadly was sent to an internment camp. Lauren and Greco were among several other offers for the home earlier in the year, and after writing a letter to the elderly owner about their future in the home, the lady chose theirs. She died they day the closed escrow.
Where is the home located: Land Park, Sacramento, California
When was the home built and when they moved in: The home was built in 1932 and the moved in May 2011.
Why they chose this home: Lauren said she though it was a great home that she could see herself raising a family in.
What attracted you to MCM design?
Lauren: I think the clean yet very detailed lines of MCM furniture are really interesting. Each piece of furniture looks very well thought out and can live happily next to something from a different era. I also love that it reminds me of being a little kid in my grandparent’s house – they still have held on to many good pieces. As you can see, not everything in our house is influenced by MCM. In general, I love collecting vintage furniture from a variety of eras and figuring out how to put them all together.
Favorite designers and biggest influences for your style?
Well of course Charles and Ray Eames furniture is incredibly sexy and George Nelson for his bubble lamps. Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture is incredible. More current, I think Jonathan Adler is amazing for his pottery and décor. Everything is playful yet tasteful.
How do you feel about reproductions?
Hmmm. That’s a love hate relationship. I love it because it makes those amazing pieces I dream of more affordable, however they are never the same. I think you can tell an original from a reproduction and then it makes the originals a little less special when you see the reproductions everywhere. I have to hand it to Ikea though. When Greco and I bought our house we said “No more Ikea” … well I’m the first to admit that Ikea does have some pretty neat things at great prices. We have two chairs and two side tables that were from Ikea in Sweden. Kind of fun to have “vintage” Ikea, right?
Furniture wise, what do you think is something you should invest in?
Larger pieces such as a couch, dining room table and light fixtures. Those are the first things I notice whenever I walk into a home.
Where are your favorite places to shop for home décor?
For local shops that are amazing: Scout and Fringe have a fabulous collection of everything you could dream of. The 57th Street Antique Mall and The Antique Trove are spilling with goodies and host items from all different eras. The Antique Faire every second Sunday under the freeway is great and you can get some really good deals. Thrift stores require a little more searching but payoff big time. And last but not least, Etsy and Craigslist!
What are some of your best finds? From where?
A George Nelson bubble lamp that I found for $40 at a flea market. It had a slight tear in it but you can’t see it at all once we hung it up, right J? Greco found a Ekornes Leather Lounge Chair + Ottoman from Scout – it’s from Norway and called the “Stressless Chair” and let me tell you… It is THE most comfortable thing I have ever sat in. Greco and I have to negotiate who can sit in it! And I also found a really cool round coffee table with casters from Deseret Industries for $10. I’m guessing it was from the 40’s or 50’s. It was on its last leg, literally, but nothing a screwdriver and paint couldn’t fix!
Greatest achievement in your home? Biggest challenge?
We purchased our house in the middle of May and have done a lot of improvements in a short amount of time on a budget. We had to completely rip out our front and back yard because it was so overgrown and repainted the outside of the house. Inside we did some much needed updating to the kitchen and bathroom. We have been very fortunate to work with Greco’s father on our house so it has been very hands on and rewarding.
The rooms in our house are pretty small so paint colors have been a big challenge. As much as I wanted to go very dark or bold in some rooms, I have held back for fear of making the rooms look even smaller. I also struggle with sticking to one layout in a room. Often times poor Greco will come home and find a room completely rearranged.
Future goals/ projects?
Definitely changing out some of our old furniture and a piece from Ikea. I am on a hunt for a credenza we can use for our tv/ stereo and a statement light fixture for the living room. On a larger scale, we plan to expand our bedroom and add a master bathroom.
Do you have any home inspiration recommendations for our readers?
Surround yourself with things that make you smile. Don’t be afraid to play with items in your house – move them around, repurpose and find new uses for everyday things. I like to have fun when I work on the house – enjoy some good music, a drink and decorate away! There are so many DIY projects that you can do with things you already have in your home or things that you might think belong in the trash.
Advice and last words?
Blogs, magazines and visiting local shops are a great resource for inspiration. And don’t forget about your parents and grandparents house! Every time my grandma gives me something from their house, I know she is thrilled to tell me the history of it… and I’m thrilled to hear it.
Thanks to Greco and Lauren for inviting me to their open house and for sharing their wonderful home with Mimomito and our readers. <3
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