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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

Community: Chocolate Cupcakes

9 Nov
Your blog has been a huge help and I just wanted to say thank you. We relocated here six weeks ago from Minneapolis and we sold our furniture on craigslist before we left town and have used your blog to track down furniture for our new place here in Sac. its great to be able to find so many great mid century modern pieces and much of it through your direction. Now we just need your cup cake recipe;) 

Thanks again,
Arin and Chrissy

Our dear readers Arin and Chrissy love cupcakes, too. Per their request I typed up the recipes for the Mimomito cupcakes that were photographed a few posts down. Enjoy!

Oh, and please make sure you guys send us photos of your coolest Mid-Century designed cupcakes.

I used the recipe from my favorite cookbook:

Chocolate Cupcakes: — I personally like to double this recipe. There will be enough frosting for both batches.
-1-1/2 cups (188 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
-3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar
-1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 cup (30 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
-1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
-1/3 cup (80 ml) canola oil
-1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
-1 cup (235 ml) cold water
Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C or gas mark 4). put liners in muffin tins. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Create a well in the center of your dry ingredients, and add the vanilla, oil, vinegar, and water. Mix until just combined. Pour into your prepared pan, and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cool completely before frosting with Buttercream Frosting.
Buttercream frosting:
With an electric mixer, blend 2 cups of powdered sugar, 1/2 cup of Earth Balance, 2 tbsp soy milk and 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract.
Also, here are some super cute cupcake designs that I found on flickr for some inspiration:
Eames themed cupcakes by Designerista

“Let’s do the hop” cupcakes by Sugar Daze

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