Archive | March, 2012

Favorite things: Happy birthday Serene!

13 Mar

It is our blog mate Serene’s birfday today!
Serene has been an important part of our blog and a dear friend to each of us, so
this list was made up of things we thought she would enjoy!
Animal stuff, sleep inducing thangs, designer products we wish we could give
to her, and thingsthat would help Serene live up that rest and relaxation lifestyle she has going on.
ZZZZ lifestyle turned up ALL THE WAY TURNT UP.
We hope she has a wonderful day full of all her favorite things and people.

Row 1: Rastmatto Pillow case 38.00 Finn Juhl Sofa Urmanoff wine rack 499.00
Row 2: Midcentury Flashcards 25.00 Tea Pot 125.00 Paul Mccobb dish set 75.00
Row 3: Temporama Bar set 50.00 Condiment set 21.00 Floor Lamp 99.00
Row 4: Geometric Ring 69.00 George Nelson Clock 350.00 Rocking chair 1295.00
Row 5: Hedgehog Lint brush 125.00 Planter 36.00 Tub Caddy 130.00
Row 6: Tissue Holder 39.00 Sleepy Lavender Bath Bombs 11.25 Journal set 13.20

Happy Birthday Serene!!!

13 Mar

We <3 you!

Sacramento I love you

12 Mar

80.00 Sacramento
60 for the drafting table and 20 for the chair.

40.00 Sacramento
I can not figure out what the hell is going on with the price on that tall dresser. I dunno. Sometimes things get really confusing on craigslist and it frusterates me in an unreasonable way. Check out the post and see if you can figure out what’s going on.

50.00 in Roseville
I got a brass obsession. Some of you hate it.

75.00 in Antelope
For those of you that enjoy making sweet tunes and keepin’ things modern.

20.00 in Sacramento

150.00 Sacramento
150 is a lil too spendy for my blood and those stools are a weird combination…the table looks promising though. Maybe the seller will give you a deal if the only thing you want is that table? Meh? Heh? Nah? What?

75.00 in Sacramento
Nice lookin’ walnut table with a good color too it!

160.00 in Vacaville
The title of this picture is “sweet stools”. It’s true and only because of that sweet fabric.

20.00 in Sacramento

Atomic Ranch: Midcentury Interiors

8 Mar
Are you as excited about this book as we are?! The editor of the book, Jim Brown, was nice enough to do a short interview with Mimomito about his involvement with Mid Century Modernism and the launch of their new book, Atomic Ranch: Midcentury Interiors. Enjoy reading it and then go to the Atomic Ranch page and buy this pup.
Here is what to expect:
Explore eight fantastic ranch interiors in depth, from warm moderns and split-levels to tract homes and a retro traditional in our newest book. Regionally diverse, locations include East and West Coasts, as well as Cincinnati, Tulsa and Dallas. Homeowners share their experiences with economical finishes and furnishings to adding on a master suite and reworking a tight floor plan. Sidebars on vintage vs. original kitchens and baths, window replacement, paint colors and more give you plenty of inspiration for your own home.
Seriously, everything that Atomic Ranch does is golden. If you haven’t already, check out their current issue! It has a very large spread of Dane’s (from Sacramento Modern) gorgeous Eichler.
First off, how long have you been interested in Mid-Century design, and when did you realize there was a demand for print-form inspiration?


My big midcentury moment came when I was a freelance car photographer in Los Angeles and I landed the job to cover in Palm Springs the March 2001 Raymond Loewy Event, commemorating the 40-year anniversary of Loewy’s design of the Avanti automobile.  It was a weekend of exhibits and conferences and the organizers were based at the Orbit In; I had a room there, too. I was surrounded by midcentury furnishings, the exhibit was based at the (current) Visitors Center (an Albert Fry design) and there was a brunch at Lowey’s Fry-designed home in Palm Springs.  It was a total immersion in midcentury, something I was aware of (since I’m that age),  but never really articulated.It took several years for that to percolate and finally, in 2003 my wife Michelle (Gringeri-Brown) and I felt we could make a magazine dedicated to midcentury homes and homeowners. We both came  from magazine backgrounds, so we never considered any other format. Michelle had worked for many years on an Arts and Crafts-era magazine (American Bungalow) and my whole career as a photographer had been in editorial magazines (HotRod, Motor Trend, Car&Driver, Sunset).


Living our whole lives in southern California, working at/attending Art Center College of Design, and growing up during that time period, we were surrounded by midcentury but until that ‘moment’ it wasn’t something special that called for intense attention.  But then, once we opened our eyes, we saw it everywhere and knew it would be an interesting story.


Your last book is one of my absolute favorites; and it also featured fellow Sacramentans, Tony and Donna. How does it feel to have sold over 20,00 copies? What were your original expectations?


 I’m glad you liked Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes (quite a long title, huh?). Tony Natsoulas and his wife Donna (he’s a crazy creative ceramicist) drew us to Sacramento to photograph his Streng and they hooked us up with Paul Torrigino and Richard Guiterrez who also own a Streng. It was interesting to see the variation from the standard Eichler design.


It’s great that our first book keeps selling after six years; it’s in its sixth printing. People who now come to our magazine and find that the early issues are sold out have the opportunity to see many of the same houses in a shortened form in the book. That first book is a broad survey of the topic; it illustrates the major characteristics of the architecture and shows the commonality of ranches despite the wide geographic range. That’s really been our main theme from the beginning — good ranches can be found almost everywhere.


 Through your books, do you continue to draw inspiration for your own personal home style? 


 More like drawing envy from all the homes I’ve visited. I wish we could start acquiring art for our ranch like I see in the featured homes.  We’re still changing our furnishings, finding what works for us and our pets and editing what we don’t need.  We’re fairly minimalist in our aesthetic and really not into collecting “things.”


What do you hope readers gain from your newest book, Atomic Ranch: Midcentury Interiors?


For Atomic Ranch: Midcentury Interiors, I hope that in addition to seeing that ranches are everywhere, people will appreciate styles that perhaps don’t speak viscerally to them but still fit within the midcentury framework and have value.  To a broader audience, the people who never even considered a ranch before, I hope they’ll see how practical and beautiful they can be. We limited the book to just eight homes,  but those eight were carefully selected for stylistic and geographical diversity and also that each had enough depth to support 20-24 pages of coverage. After reading the whole book, I hope that people are inspired by the ideas they see and also use the tools and resources the text provides to emulate the midcentury look.

Blown away

7 Mar

120.00 in Willow Glen
We <3 rocking chairs.

120.00 in Elk Grove
This clock has matching sconces!

Cute little table for a reasonable price. Them chairs are handsome

800.00 in Sacramento
This piece is sorta a steep price but a bootiful color of wood.

200.00 in Elk Grove
This is a serious floor lamp.

50.00 in Oakland
A good lookin’ color! Liv I am looking at you!

100.00 Antioch
Seller states 100 or best offer!

200.00 in Lodi
THIS TABLE HAS A LAZY SUSAN! Dining has been made so much more simple!!

Homes, Sweet Homes: David and Rebecca Take Two

6 Mar

Who was nice enough to let us in their home: Our wonderful friends, David and Rebecca. I met them when I was selling at the 57th St Antique Mall, and shortly after, they invited Mimomito to take a peek at their super awesome apartment in San Francisco. Since then, they’ve redefined their style and transformed their place into a more sophisticated, playful home.

Also,they’re awesome MCM dealers at “Stuff“. Check out their page on Facebook @Atomic Fantasy Vintage.

Here is what they had to say from their original interview:

What they told us about the home:

David: It’s better on the inside than the outside.

Rebecca: We live in a two bedroom flat in a four unit Victorian building. What this truly means is a long hallway with lots of rooms lining that hallway.

Where is the home located:

David: On the border of Strollerberg and Hipsterville (Noe Valley/Dolores Heights, San Francisco).

When was the home built and when they moved in:

David: Built circa 1907, directly post-earthquake. Moved in January 2007.

Why they chose this home:

David: It had parking. And malleable character.

Rebecca: David was already living here when we decided to move in together. And his place was larger than mine at that time.

Photos by Jake Conroy

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It’s been over a year since we last saw your home, what’s new?

D: Nothing is new. Everything we have is old. Room and Board has new furniture. You could try them.

R: She means what’s different. The decorating bug really stung us this year, so pretty much every room is different.

D: I thought it was the hoarding bug.

R: Probably, yes. But to answer your question, our pair of Italian MCM chairs with geometric cushions arrived a few months back. We got them at the Alameda Antique Faire from our friend Dennis who is a dealer there. We also have a reproduction George Nelson marshmallow sofa that we found on Craigslist, and our pretty nifty tiki lights in the kitchen (a gift from our friend Bev!)

Would you say your style has changed since then? If so, how and what new influences inspire you?

R: Looking back on last year’s photo shoot I feel that our collecting has matured.

D: Our collecting has matured into an illness. Like gambling, except there isn’t any winning involved.

R: We used to be into anything kitsch. The kitschier the better. We still love buying things that make us laugh, but our focus has shifted towards functionality and durability. Since I restore furniture, this means more to me than ever.

D: Mimomito inspires us. When we see the beautiful homes of others featured, with their comfortable and artful sense of arrangement, it reminds us how nice it is to be strategic in furnishing and less haphazard. Then we curse them bitterly for having taste and restraint that we lack.

R: Seriously, Jon & Jose’s feature last year inspired the wall of Starburst clocks in our bedroom. Of course, they were more subtle, only clustering a few clocks here and there instead of covering an entire wall as we did. But then, they are normal and not hoarders like us.

Do you have a favorite new addition?

D: I like the color organ, which is on one of the speakers in the front room. For you young’ns who don’t know what that is, it’s lights in a box with a corrugated plastic face. The different colors respond to low, middle and high frequencies from the speaker connector. We watched that while listening to ELO albums. It was our entertainment. Also, we had to walk ten miles in the snow back then, to get to school. Without shoes. And there was no such thing as breakfast.

R: I have been collecting Franciscan Starburst for a few years. I received a spoon rest as a gift recently. It made me happy.

D: We got a pair of really cool modern cube end tables with dark glass tops at Scout Living, which is the best place to shop on earth. Also we just (yesterday at Alameda) got a circa 1958 RCA Victor Deluxe television on a stand with wheels. We’re going to have a party so everyone can come over and watch static.

Since your last interview, have you found any new places to shop (in-store or online) that you’d like to share?

R: Our car now has a homing device set to Scout Living. We also end up going back to Sebastopol quite often, so it’s also a favorite.

D: We just went shopping in Chico for the first time, and came back with some groovy lamps. And I got a gumball machine. There is also this site called eBay which has old stuff. The pickings are waning there though. Something about imminent implosion…

R: We should also mention Stuff since it wasn’t around when we were last featured. The turquoise metal cabinet in our bathroom was purchased there.

Is there a specific piece or item that you’re looking for that you still haven’t found? If so, what are you using instead?

R: I would love to find a small Danish credenza that could be used as a cabinet to store David’s stereo equipment. Preferably one that has already been adapted for this purpose since I would hate to drill holes in a beautiful piece of furniture. Oh, and a Hans Wegner Bear chair.

D: I’m looking for a black ceramic hanging lamp, to replace the one I broke with my head. It looked like a beautiful black moon, hovering in the air, anchoring the one slender thread of purposeful decorating in the apartment. When it broke, I just kept looking down at the pieces on the floor with disbelief. Now we have a green and yellowish globe lamp in its place, which resembles a Death Star decorated with hearts. It’s no moon, though.

R: I really do not think David has been the same since he killed our lamp. Luckily, he’s hard headed.

What are things that are always on your radar for your home?

R: Plant stands particularly bullet planters and multicolor Formica stands. It has become a bit of an obsession for me. Now if only I had a green thumb.

D: I would like to find the ONE missing piece (white bishop) for the Austin Enterprises 1962 chess set. I also want a Wham-O Magic Window.

R: Drinking glasses with carriers. Tumblers, mainly. After clustering them on a bookshelf we realized how stylish they were, especially since each caddy is slightly different.

Tell us more about your collections.

D: They exist in a quantifiable state common to inanimate objects. Most (well, all) of the items in our collections are composed of molecules, which in turn consist of atoms of various types, depending on the compound(s) involved. It is possible that they are represented in an infinite number of parallel dimensions in forms that may or may not resemble what we collectively perceive. Should I tell them more, or is that good?

R: That’s probably good.

D: Also, some things are shiny.

R: Okay. We have started collecting soda advertisement memorabilia. It started after stumbling upon a collector’s retirement sale of advertisement clocks in Healdsburg a couple of years back. It has now expanded to include signs, bottles, and cans. Even with rust, each is a work of art. The funny thing is that we don’t even drink soda.

You sell at Stuff in San Francisco – how do you decide what to keep and what to sell?

R: The beauty of becoming MCM dealers is that we can proudly come out as non-committal hoarders. It has become a joke among our friends…

D: I still don’t have any friends.

R: Okay, a joke among my friends is that our apartment is ever changing. I have lost track of how many coffee tables circulated between our living room and Stuff. If we get bored with something we know it will eventually find a new home. But to answer your question, I think the choice declares itself in time.

D: I’m working on a system for keeping everything and still generating sales revenue. It involves tracking all purchases and then hiring thugs to steal back what we’ve sold. This can only work if the cost of theft remains manageable. Does anyone want to buy a super nice pair of table lamps? Email me your info, and I’ll send you a photo.

In Haiku form, please tell me about your love for Mid Century Modern design.

Oh you pointy legs!
What flame you ignite in hearts

R: Yeah, what he said.

Do you have any future goals for your home or as MCM dealers?

R: My aspiration is to transform our front sitting room into a swank lounge.

D: I’d like to write and produce a musical in which all of the characters are MCM pieces. When the spotlight hits that little dresser, and the sweeping ballad starts, the tears are gonna well up in your eyes.

Thanks so much to Rebecca and David for the constant support from the beginning. We <3 you!

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