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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.

D:
Oh you pointy legs!
What flame you ignite in hearts
Anachronistic

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!

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

Homes, Sweet Homes: Ilsa Hess

1 May


Who was nice enough to show us around:
Ilsa Hess

She is the creator of Nacheez  – vegan nacho cheese. Have any of you tried it yet? It is freakin’ delicious. Go buy it today at Never Felt Better (located at K and 23rd in Midtown Sacramento)!

Anyway, I was super excited to find out that a fellow vegan was also an MCM enthusiast. She is awesome and so is her home. Ch-ch-check it out!

What they told us about their home: It is a 2 bedroom/ 1 bath house and 750 sq ft. The home was built in 1935 and the original owner lived there until Ilsa moved in 2010.

Where is the home located: Elm Hurst, Sacramento, California

When was the home built and when they moved in: Built in 1935, moved in 2010.

Why they chose this home: “I wanted to move to East Sac to save some money. I was living in a nice flat next to Hot Italian in Downtown and wanted some place cheaper and more quiet. I never believed I could find my own home for less than an apartment! I’m so happy with the small size of my home. It’s more than enough for lil’ old me ”

Photos by Serene.

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What attracted you to MCM design?

It’s hard to explain. When I was a kid, I found the style sort of ‘spooky’ compared to the trendy modern furniture of the 80s. Now, I love the organic look and natural products used in the designs.

Favorite designers and biggest influences for your style?

Eames, of course.

How do you feel about reproductions?

The only benefit is the cost.

Furniture wise, what do you think is something you should invest in?

A nice well-made couch. It will last a lifetime.

Where are your favorite places to shop for home décor?

Thrift stores and garage sales. I love the thrill when I find something wonderful! I also search on Craigslist.

What are some of your best finds? From where?

Freecycle. I got my couch from there. It’s a bit rough, but the price was right.

Greatest achievement in your home? Biggest challenge?

Finding a wall to put my 7 foot couch against. The biggest challenge was fitting the rest of my furniture in my tiny home.

Future goals/ projects?

I have the canvases to paint three paintings of bright orange poppies to hang above my couch.

Do you have any home inspiration recommendations for our readers?

I get my inspiration from old movies and home magazines.

Advice and last words?

Have fun! There are so many used pieces waiting to be in your home. Do not let the thought that MCM is too expensive, because it isn’t if you don’t want it to be. Have fun exploring antique malls, thrift stores and garage sales. There are tons of deals just waiting for you!

Many thanks to Ms. Hess for showing us around her darling home and giving us so many tasty vegan treats.  We loved it so much I was almost late for work.

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


Inspiration: HGTV’s Rockin’ 50’s Redo

14 Feb

Singer of H2O gets his house redone 50’s style.Very cute!

Homes, Sweet Homes: David and Rebecca

16 Jan

Who: David and Rebecca are dealers at the San Francisco Antique Mall in space GH45, and they also have a cool blog called Atomic Fantasy. They’re interested in joining/ creating an SF collective, so if you have any desire to do the same (or any leads on opening spaces), give ’em a holler.

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.

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What attracted you to MCM design?

David: Seems like whenever something was made in the 1950s, designers and manufacturers asked themselves “How can we make this look cooler? And let’s make it so it will last forever, while we’re at it…” Whereas the guiding question now seems to be “How can we make this cheaper?” When you touch and hold MCM things, you can feel the intention was for you to enjoy having and using them. It’s like stumbling upon artifacts from an advanced, benevolent and delightfully tasteful race of super-beings.

Rebecca: MCM design represents everything I love. Clean lines. Durability. Affordability. And best of all, it is green.

Favorite designers and biggest influences for your style?

Rebecca: We have not paid much attention to designers as much as the design themselves. If we had to pick one, Lane would be high on the list. Especially their Acclaim series.  As America’s answer to Danish furniture, Lane offered modern, high quality design at an affordable price. And it continues to be affordable today.

How do you feel about reproductions?

David: The same way I feel about contemporary cover versions of classic songs.

Rebecca: History always repeats itself.  Although I personally strive to buy the real thing, I am not shocked that MCM reproductions have become so popular. You cannot argue that MCM offers great design. The flattery of imitation is inevitable.

Furniture wise, what do you think is something you should invest in?

David: I’d like to invest in the actual Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair featured on the show Bewitched.

Rebecca: Something that touches you. I have never regretted buying a piece of furniture that I loved at first sight.

Where are your favorite places to shop for home décor?

David: Antique Fairs (Alameda, Sacramento), because they’re so big the chances of finding something that will make you feel like the universe is on your side is pretty high.

Rebecca:  Plus you leave feeling like you got a little exercise during your search.

What are some of your best finds? From where?

Rebecca: Hands down the best find was a mint condition Franciscan Starburst creamer for $5 at Alemany Flea Market in San Francisco. I recall trying my best to keep a poker face during the transaction since I was nervous the dealer would raise his price if he noticed my excitement. I am also thrilled with a starburst mirror we purchased at Alameda Antique Faire for $20. Now hanging in our living room above a built in shelving unit, it puts a smile on my face daily.

David: I don’t really have any friends.

Rebecca: Finds, not friends.

David: I bought The Lovely Day for one dollar at Alameda. Now that’s a find.

Greatest achievement in your home? Biggest challenge?

Rebecca: I believe our greatest achievement was our front room. Over the last six months we have transformed the room from an unused dining room to a cozy sitting room with lots of character. My most favorite addition has been the Blaupunkt Arkansas console radio/bar. It adds a feeling of seriousness to an otherwise kitsch room. Our biggest challenge is that we are renters. Since moving in, I have been dying to replace two country-esque chandeliers in our apartment. I would also love to undo the 80s renovations to our once 50s bathroom. Neither of these projects will ever happen since we do not own our unit.  Another challenge is that our ceilings are at least 15 feet high making painting a bit difficult without access to a very tall ladder. That, luckily, can be fixed.

David: The biggest challenge for me is trying to coordinate colors or match items in a room. It’s such a big challenge that I don’t even try. So “eclectic” would be a kind way to describe our place right now. More honest would be “makeshift storage facility for color-blind hoarder.” Embracing this is probably also our biggest achievement.

Rebecca: But this “color-blind hoarder” knows that we have two really ugly chandeliers so I imagine my biggest challenge is accepting what cannot be changed.

Future goals/ projects?

Rebecca: With the opening of our stall at the San Francisco Antique & Design Mall in December my projects lately have been dealer focused. Our hope, however, is to join a collective to expand on what we have already started.

David: We just want to enjoy and share all the MCM goodness that is in the world.

Do you have any home inspiration recommendations for our readers?

Rebecca: Don’t be afraid to refurbish. With enough patience and elbow grease you would be amazed with how easy it can be to transform an abused piece of furniture into the star item of the room. There are a lot of DIY websites and blogs out there willing to lend a hand. 

David: Vintage magazines are highly inspirational. Time machines are also great for checking out actual MCM home arrangements.

Rebecca: Or just visit Midway in Sacramento if your time machine is on the blink.

Advice and last words?

Rebecca: Have fun with your MCM search. The people I have met along the way have made the quest so much more rewarding.

David: All you need is love. Is that taken?

Thanks a million to Rebecca and David for allowing us into their home with such notice. They were also nice enough to show me all the hot MCM spots of SF! You guys are awesome.

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

Craigslist: $150.00 Diner Booth. wat?

25 Oct

I’ll leave it to you to decipher whether this is totally cheezmo or kind of amazing. Selling in the East Bay.  (Original Post)

 

Craigslist: Wassap, ‘Frisco

12 Oct

Okay first off I am offended by the use of “frisco.” No one else is allowed to use it, I just used it ironically so it’s okay. MOVING ON!

San Francisco is always an amazing place to look up Midcentury goodies – there’s more design obsessed weirdos per capita perhaps? Not saying y’all Northerners aren’t that fantastic brand of weirdo yourselves. That’s a compliment.

Alright, this is nuts. Going for $400.00. Imagine this in your living room, gah! (Original Post)

Same seller, different story. $450.00 for this floating desk checkit!! (Original Post)

$1300, o rly? (Original Post)Described by the seller as “groovy” and something about super powers. $30! (Original Post)

 

Craigslist-Dining set:Redding

25 Sep


Original post

“Furniture is in excellent condition! Hand-crafted in the 1950’s from 100% solid Darkened Ash (sturdy, no particle board garbage). Beautiful quality craftsmanship, all drawers slide smooth. Pictures do not do this set justice. Set includes: Table & 6 Chairs, 4-Drawer Sideboard, & 2-Drawer China Hutch. Also included is one expansion leaf w/ a small chip. Sold as a complete set for $1100! Individual Prices are as follows Table & Chairs – $600, Sideboard – $350, China Hutch – $400.”

No particle board! YES. I really like those X knobs on the credenza. It’s like it’s frusterated from being so adorable.
x___x “I am cute!” <—Credenza
Indeed you are little guy.

Around town: St. Patricks thriftstore

20 Sep


I recently went to St. Patricks on Franklin. St. Patricks is a little rustic looking but great for digging and finding a little piece of history that is sweet to your heart.

I really want one of these old timey t.v’s so’s I can put another t.v on it. I think it would be eye pleasing and hopefully make me laugh a little everyonce in awhile.


Look at the fabirc on that couch!


I lurve long coffee tables! Also peep that rad looking owl wall sculpture.


Me and Ben recently got a bunch of kitchen stuff from our wedding registry. When I see stuff like this it makes me wish we were somehow able to register on craigslist or thriftstores (I bet that sounds terrible). I am thinking if this guy didnt work he would look just as great with a durble and tiny plant inside him.


Now we move onto my new obsession sweet book covers.
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Craigslist: Wall unit-Sacramento

16 Sep


Wall shelving is great…for those of us with er hm “cozy” homes. This set is being sold for 195.00 in Sacramento.
ps. Is it me or does 195.00 seem like a weird number for craigslist purchases? I feel like it should all be even numbers. Why not just say 200.00? Anywaysssss
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Craigslist Find: “1950s Fountain”

13 Aug

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My boyfriend is also obsessed with furniture and craigslist scouring and found this insane fountain being sold down by LA.

Watch out, incoming CAPSLOCK:

“IT IS IN THE FRONT AREA OF OUR 2 ACRES OF MID-CENTURY VINTAGE WAREHOUSE. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE INVITED THE PUBLIC TO VISIT OUR 35YRS. OF COLLECTING. ALL OF THE ITEMS ARE IN PRISTINE CONDITION.”


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