Homes, Sweet Homes: Curtis Popp and Family

6 Feb

Who was nice enough to show us around:
The very talented Curtis Popp and family. Need a fabulous remodel? Check out Curtis Popp’s website and he’ll hook you up with a well designed space.

What they told us about their home: 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2900 sq feet. The home was built in 1943 and was described as Art Moderne with a little International Style. They bought the home from an owner who had been in the home since the 60’s and have been able to maintain a friendly relationship with the family.

Curtis saw the potential this home had and was able to accomplish a whole house remodel in four months.

Where is the home located: Land Park, Sacramento, California

When was the home built and when they moved in: Built in 1943, moved in July 2010.

Why they chose this home: They lived nearby and drove past it on a daily basis. Curtis decided to check it out and knew that it was the home for them.

Photos by Joe Mountain.





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What attracted you to MCM design? Modernism in general has always made sense to me, not just aesthetically, but as a way of living. I think most people long for simplicity and honesty in their lives, and modernity is that. Whether expressed in art, the built environment, literature, film, products etc…It is a reduction of clutter, whether physical or metaphysical, it allows us to see the beauty of a singular unadorned and cohesive idea.

Favorite designers and biggest influences for your style? Mies van der Rohe, for his unwavering dogma of form follows function. Philippe Starck, for his sense of humor.

How do you feel about reproductions? As a designer, I’m innately against them, but I see the side of the collector who doesn’t have an endless supply of cash to pay the steep prices the originals command, both new and vintage. All but my 2 Wassily chairs are “real”. I figure it is o.k. to buy reproductions if the designer is dead.

Furniture wise, what do you think is something you should invest in? New designs, there are a ton of new, exciting and even local designers doing great things. I like to blend classic modern stuff with what is going on right now. I’m not a big fan of collecting from only one period; I don’t want to live in a time capsule.

I know it’s not furniture, but…. original and local artists. We have some real local treasures in this city. Take a look around the new wing of the Crocker that is dedicated to contemporary California artists, most are from Sacramento, and they are doing work on par with work shown at the SFMOMA.

Where are your favorite places to shop for home décor? Garage sales, sides of roads, internet, LIMN SF, JayJay Gallery, local artists and trades people

What are some of your best finds? From where? My wife found a mint orange Eames chair and desk on the side of the road, and we found our current mod Pool chairs (designer unknown) discarded in someone’s junk pile. My favorite is my first, my Knoll Barcelona chair; I bought it in 1996 from John at X21 on layaway.

Greatest achievement in your home? Biggest challenge? The time frame we had to finish our remodel, the design and construction took 4 months.

Future goals/ projects? Continue to grow my business without compromising quality.

Do you have any home inspiration recommendations for our readers? For me, inspiration comes from nature and fine art.

Advice and last words? This Dorothy Parker quote has always rung true for me, “take care of the luxuries, and the necessities will take care of themselves”

Thanks so much to Curtis and his family. They have an absolutely amazing home and it was a pleasure to see it!

If you’re interested in having your home featured on the blog, shoot me an e-mail at:


9 Responses to “Homes, Sweet Homes: Curtis Popp and Family”

  1. jwoo February 4, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Thank you Mimomito for the extended look at Curtis’ extraordinary abode. So awesome to see the inspired mix of styles, surfaces and scales.

  2. Jenn February 4, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Damn that floor is shiny!! and WANT those dining table chairs <3333

  3. joe mountain February 4, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    Curtis popp does an amazing job with materials and texture. I was flabbergasted at how well he pulled together clean, white, vibrant color,texture, new, and old.

  4. Angie February 4, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Thank you Curtis Popp for inviting us to view your home. Simply beautiful, so much eye candy.

    Great job Mimomito peeps!

  5. Moto Bonnie February 21, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    I loved checking this tour out. For starters, it’s a WWII built home with terrific bones that one might expect from a later MCM era. This was is a stunning beauty!
    The design is, not surprisingly, real, eclectic and modern all rolled into one (thanks Mimomito for sharing with us the amazing work of Curtis Popp!). We love the use of modern artwork throughout the home.

    A couple quick questions for Curtis and family. Hopefully not asking for too many trade secrets :)
    1). The faux wood behind the kitchen shelving- is this from Ikea (dare I ask)? Love it.
    2). Where did you find the aqua shower tiles? They remind me of Heath… drool!
    3). Lastly, we love all of your assorted MCM pieces. We’ve tried to scout our own pieces on a tight budget and have been pleasantly surprised at what we have found at sales, Craigslist, etc. Here’s our nagging question that’s stopped us from swapping up some chairs/sofas in the past: how do you find a decent re-hulposterer and, on average, what should you expect to pay?

    Cheers! Thanks again for this wonderful tour. I’m hooked!

  6. NeoCleo March 11, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    Dear Mr. Popp & Family:

    Thanks for so generously opening your house to the public. I have driven by your place at least a dozen times over the last two decades and was always consumed by “looky-loo-itus”.

    I am the proud owner of a Streng home over near American River College which I am slowly (painfully slowly) updating inside and out. Fortunately I have one of the classic “box” style houses with a huge open floor plan, surrounding clerestory windows and skylights with a huge wall of glass looking into our backyard. The simple open design makes it pretty easy, if expensive, to upgrade the houses features without fear that I will harm its architectural integrity. I appreciate having the opportunity to see someone else’s handiwork to use as a guide on my own home.

    Thanks again Popp family AND thank you Mimomito for making this venue available to us all!!


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