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Home, Sweet Homes: Heather and David’s Carmichael Pad

8 Sep

So, this is a home tour that unfortunately got lost in the shuffle and kerfuffle of a Mimomito identity crisis. Thanks to the wonderful Heather and David for not sending rocks through our windows for taking so long to post this. It has likely been almost A YEAR since they welcomed us into their home to poke around and take photos. Thank you for your patience and kindness to allow us in your lives and beautiful home. I personally know that you both have added new items and pieces to your home, so perhaps this’ll be like a walk down memory lane, ha! Now, finally, Heather and David Hadley’s Home Tour.

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Where is your home located?
Carmichael, Ca

When was your home built and when did you move in?
Built in 1957, bought home in 2010 / 3bd, 2.5ba 1800 SF

 Why did you choose your home?
Good neighborhood; the layout; original hardwood floors; updated kitchen and granite counter-tops; but most importantly (according to David) the game room with a 1970’s built-in bar.

 What attracted you to mid century design?
In my mid-20s, I rented an old one-bedroom apartment in Midtown Sac.  I fell in love with the mid-century original features.  It had a pink bathtub, elephant gray tiling and toilet, the kitchen was galley style and had stainless steel counter tops.  I embraced the vibe, and carried that feeling into our new home.

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Ryan Donahue Photography

24 Sep

Ryan Donahue did our photo shoot for the Sacramento News and Review  article. Our appointment was at 7:30 AM and we were literally zombies (see photos) but he got us to wake up and have a lot of fun with it. Please check out his work at www.donahuephotogaphy.com

Here’s the Mimomito Crew:

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You da, you da best!

12 Jun

I’m sitting here on this beautiful morning (listening to Lil Wayne) and thinking about how absolutely wonderful you all are. Seriously, I am so excited to be apart of this blog. Last night at the Scout Living Grand Opening I must have said, “I met them through Mimomito” a million times. You’re all so great and I have so much gratitude for all of you who came out to support Scout Living. It really means the world to us. Thank you!

With that, the grand opening party was a huge success. If you haven’t made it in yet, please do so. You won’t regret it. Here are some photos:

 We are the women of Mimomito!

Scout Living – Located at 1215 18th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

Erin and Stefan, wonderful owners of Scout Living.

David and Rebecca (of Atomic Fantasy Vintage) and my dearest friend and fellow MCM enthusiast, Zach.

Rose is the cutest girl that I’ve ever met. Ever.

Remember Ilsa? She let us feature her awesome home.

Serene wearing some amazing glasses.

Ruth and Joe of Two Accordions.

Me and my best friend, Zach. We were voted prom royalty of the evening. :)

Bella (of the Citizen Rosebud) and Hector of Mademoiselle – a dealer at Scout Living.

The fabulous Gretchen, of Eichlerific.

And last but not least, here are some of the great male dealers of Scout Living.

We also wanted to thank Ellen McCormick, Curtis Popp and everyone who reads our blog that came out to support this wonderful new store. Thank you again!

Today’s the day!

1 Jun

Scout Living opens its doors today at 11AM. It is a soft opening and there are a few things that need to be finished, but it is lookin’ mighty fine, if you ask me. I snapped some photos for you guys tonight:

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Check it out sometime this week, but if you only have time to make it once – make sure it is to the Scout Living Grand Opening Party on June 11th from 5pm-9pm. The Mimomito crew will be there and we’re dying to meet you all. =)


Scout Living Grand Opening

18 May

Remember Erin and Stefan (of Scout Living) from their wonderful home that we featured back in December? Well, they are finally opening that awesome store they talked about! We’re teaming up with them for their Grand Opening and would love for you to join us!

The details can be found at the Facebook Event Page, but if you’re at work and it is blocked, I got you covered ;):

Saturday, June 11 · 5:00pm – 9:00pm

1215 18th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814


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If you haven’t heard the wonderful news, Sacramento is getting its very own Modern Design and Antiques Collective (I hear there will be tons of MCM). Yay!We are very excited to be able to help out with the grand opening party and would like to invite you to join us. It is on the Art Second Saturday of June, so mark your calendar!If you have any questions, email me at midmodlove@yahoo.com and I’ll make sure I ask the right people to get your question answered.

Hope to see you there!

Community: Congrats to Erin and Stefan!

24 Jan

We featured their amazing house on “Homes, Sweet Homes” and they made it onto Apartment Therapy. Check it out!

Homes, Sweet Homes: Erin and Stefan

12 Dec

Who was nice enough to let us feature their home: Stefan and Erin.

They are fabulous antique dealers with a great eye. Their business is called ScoutLiving and they sell out of  Past Perfect in San Francisco. In spring 2011 they will begin the planning of their Sacramento based collective. Ideally, it will consist of five dealers and they’ll continue to sell stunning mid century modern furniture.

Make sure to “like” their page on Facebook!

What they told us about the home: They live in 1200 sq ft Craftsman home that was built-in front of a 1890’s home. The couple who originally owned the 1890’s home built it as an anniversary gift to themselves and the two homes have always been sold together.

Where is the home located: Midtown, Sacramento, California

When was the home built and when they moved it: Built in 1915 and they moved in June 2008.

Why they chose this home: They moved from San Francisco because Stefan got into grad school at Sacramento State University. After looking into a couple of other homes that they found on Craigslist, they decided that this one best suited their needs.

Photos by Rose and Serene:

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What attracted you to MCM design?

Erin: I grew up in a house full of American Colonial antiques.  My parents have been collecting antiques their whole lives.  My mom was an antiques dealer when I was growing up, and we spent every Sunday going to antique auctions.  I never really liked the ornate furniture I grew up with – I liked clean, simple lines, and I started buying and collecting MCM in my teens   Maybe at the time it was me trying to rebel, but now I like modern furniture for many reasons – its clean lines, its functionality, and its relatively small scale.  Especially since I’ve mostly lived in small apartments and now a small house, MCM design is functional, comfortable, and affordable.

Stefan: I never gave much thought to furniture before I met Erin, but my first real job out of college was at a small publishing company, and while working there, I got really into mid-century print design and typography.  Once I started to learn more about MCM furniture, I saw pretty much exactly the same things in it that I liked about print – it’s clean, economical, and focused, but also just visually really cool.  I also liked that it was evocative of a different era, but also totally and completely modern and contemporary.

Favorite designers and biggest influences for your style?

All of the “classic” Danish Modern designers are amazing: Peter Hvidt, Hans Wegner, Arne Vodder, Finn Juhl, and so on.  Kai Kristiansen is definitely be our favorite, though – most Danish design from the ‘60s looks similar, but Kristiansen seems a little more refined and evolved, a little sleeker and more delicate.  Verner Panton was also pretty unbelievable – just crazy pop fantasy, and he used colors, form, and textiles in ways that seem beyond anything anyone else has done..

Vladimir Kagan is probably our favorite American designer, and we really love Paul McCobb – especially his chairs and desks.  As far as non-furniture goes, we’re big fans of Eva Zeisel, Alexander Girard, Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, Wayland Gregory, Bruce Rogers, and whoever did Herman Miller’s advertising in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Maybe because Stefan’s from Boston and spent summers in New Hampshire, or maybe just because, the New England WASPy tradition is something that’s had a big influence on the way we decorate, though we try not to let it get too kitschy.

And probably the biggest single influence on our decorating is the 1975 Better Homes & Gardens Decorating Book – the way the authors of that book mixed MCM, traditional, and contemporary looks unbelievably modern and cool.  Plus, it’s an easy book to find in just about every antique mall.

How do you feel about reproductions?

Given that we do this for a living, there’s not much reason for us to buy reproductions, and while we think anything that keeps great MCM design out there is terrific, there’s this idea that reproductions are less expensive than originals, which in our experience just isn’t true.  Granted, not everyone has the time or the energy to go hunting down antiques, but especially for Danish Modern pieces, the originals are available, they have a history, and they’re a lot more affordable than most reproductions you can find.  It’s not like we have anything against reproductions per se, but given how many great originals are out there, we don’t always see the point of paying two or three times when you don’t have to.

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

Case pieces – wall units, credenzas, hutches, etc.  Even if they look enormous, they hold everything, take up relatively little space, and make your house seem a lot more spacious.

Where are your favorite places to shop for home décor?

In Sacramento, we really like 57th Street Antique Mall, Fringe, The Antique Company, and The Antique Trove.  The Antique Faire under the freeway is a great place to check out for all kinds of stuff.  And in San Francisco, Past Perfect on Union Street definitely has the best deals on MCM as well as all sorts of antiques (and, coincidentally, is where we sell).

What are some of your best finds? From where?

Probably our single coolest piece in our house is our rosewood bar/mini fridge.  We got it at a weird little junk shop in Lincoln, Nebraska, and it came from the office of Nebraska Senator J.J. Exon.  It’s in great shape, and, amazingly, the fridge still works.

As far as pieces we’ve found for work, we’ve had a lot of great finds, mostly from around Sacramento and the Central Valley.  We got an amazing pair of teak and leather Arne Vodder lounge chairs and an Ole Wanscher leather and teak sofa and matching lounge chair all from one estate sale here in Sacramento.  All the pieces were from 1955, had the original leather, and were in perfect condition, which is something you almost never come across.

Greatest achievement in your home? Biggest challenge?

Our favorite rooms in our house are our guest room and dining room – with both of them, we knew what we were going for, and we actually managed to make them look like what we wanted them to.  One nice thing about being dealers is that we’re able to switch out pieces as we find things that work better with what we’re trying to do in a space.

Our biggest challenge is the fact that we live in a rental house, and we have to work with what we’ve been given – we can’t knock down walls or paint or do anything too drastic.  Working within those kinds of limitations can force you to try things you wouldn’t have otherwise thought to, but it’s sometimes frustrating that we can’t, for example, redo our very 1982 kitchen.

Future goals/ projects?

We’re planning on opening up our own shop in Midtown sometime next year.  We’ll keep our presence in San Francisco, but we really want to expand here in Sacramento – there’s a lot of interest in MCM here, and while there are lots of great places to go digging for stuff, there doesn’t seem to be a lot in terms of higher-end design and retail.  Also we may try and incorporate some sort of food component.  We’ll see – we’re still in the planning stages.

Do you have any home inspiration recommendations for our readers?

We really like that almost everything in our house has a story – we know where we were when we bought it, the person we bought it from, how we found out about it, etc. – and that’s a something you can only really get from buying antiques and vintage.  Somehow going to the mall and buying a sofa doesn’t have the same resonance.

Advice and last words?

If you know what you like and don’t buy anything you don’t love, everything in your house will go together.

Thank you to Erin, Stefan and Tatty for welcoming the three of us into your home. It was definitely a pleasure!
If you’re interested in having your home featured on the blog, shoot me an e-mail at: midmodlove@yahoo.com
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