I like the couch and the end table.
It's a bit sad and melancholy, but my mom gave the end table to me. I also have a dresser upstairs that she gave me. They both belonged to my grandparents. My parents don't even like the MCM style, but my mom held onto that stuff because it was from grandma/grandpa who both passed about 10 years ago now. So, needless to say, my mom is happy that it's still in the family with someone who appreciates the style.
It kind of opened up a small pocket of information about my grandparents that I never knew. My mom was telling me how when she was growing up they owned an original Saarinen Tulip dining set, George Nelson lights, benches etc. I think it all kind of got "parted out" over the years but it makes me happy to know my grandparents had good taste!
Went to a mid mod auction preview tonight... Freaking out over this piece, which is gorgeous in real life:
Ultimately I want an original sideboard/credenza to use for the tv in the living room, but I've bought so much furniture that I ended up not liking that I'm afraid to go in tomorrow and pull the trigger. Plus I haven't settled on a sofa yet, which will kind of dictate the size/color I need. Leaning towards something from truemodern, but I've got to get some fabric samples. Ugh!
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You should come over one day, I'll have to mop you out the front door with the amount of MCM/50's stuff we have. We've been talking about moving to SanFran so I've been ordered to put a halt to all purchases so we don't have to worry about lugging it across country or selling it.
My Cyclone chillin' in the corner of my master bedroom with some cool little radio I've had for...years and years. Needs a couple lounge chairs on either side so the wifey and I can enjoy a Saturday morning breakfast by the windows...
So, yesterday I was browsing Craigslist and came across a couple gems. Shot a couple emails, did a little back and forth and somehow came away with both items today for prices that I feel was quite a bargain. I was really hoping to get one of these - getting both was awesome.
Anyway, the first:
Saarinen Tulip side table. Love, love, love these things. I would love to find a dining table as well. I also can't believe it's a marble top and not laminate. Marble is in great shape and the base has a few scuffs. I'll work on those later. Still just stoked about snagging this piece. Bought from the original owner who had purchased it straight from Knoll and had it in his office for the past several years.
George Nelson Ball Clock. Not my first color choice, but I love it nonetheless and actually like the orange more than I thought I would. This little guy was BNIB from a designer whose client ended up not using it.
I rented a home very similar to this, here in NY. These homes usually have huge amounts of open space allowing natural light and such. The only downfall to these mid-century houses in the northeast is that winters can be brutal on your heating bill since most have big open spaces framed with huge glass windows (original) and a lot of uninsulated walls.
came upon this buffet/server and didnt know if it belonged with this topic. I'm not sure if I am going to fix it up and keep it or not. Its in really really good shape. heavy piece of furniture. Let me know if anyone is interested in it. I'm trying to find a company stamp on it.
Well, the guy that sold me the Saarinen Tulip side table gave me a buzz. Basically, "I have another one. My wife wanted to keep it. She changed her mind. It's going on Craigslist but I'll give you first dibs."
Me: "I'll take it."
This one is in even better shape than the previous one - and he knocked off another $50.00 because now I'm a repeat customer lol. He said the other one I bought was in his office lobby, this one was in his actual office, hence the better condition.
Love the marble color on this one even more.
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Wow, I can't believe it's taken me this long to find this thread. I've only seen the MCM/Porsche thread on the Car Lounge. I've been collecting stuff since I was about 13 and I'm looking at a time warp 1964 ranch that has potential. Finding amazing mid century houses is tough where I live, at least in my immediate area and price range.
I'm working toward buying a time warp 1964 ranch on an acre. Nothing amazing architecture-wise, but I think it has a ton of potential after I put some hard work in. It's getting tough to find these houses that haven't been subject to (just my opinion) the typical generic modernization inside and out. I went to the estate sale, only bought some bullet planters, but left my info and the family called me. Now it's just down to the lawyers and all that fun stuff.
Well, there's still a lot to do and a ways to go, but I've pretty much exhausted the money I had set aside for my new townhouse's furniture. I am thankful to say, however, that my wife and I have all we need to live comfortably day to day.
Our last big purchase for a while:
Four Emeco Navy Chairs. We chose their new(ish) 111 Chair because unlike the original aluminum versions, these come in a variety of colors. There's all kinds of info out there on these chairs, but they're made from recycled coke bottles; they're sturdy as heck and they bring a nice splash of color to the house. We bought a "Flint," "Grass," "Persimmon" and a "Coca-Cola Red." The red and orange are a lot more distinct when the lighting is better.
Still need little things like a dedicated chair for the upstairs office, patio furniture, some shelving here and there and artwork, but like I said, we have enough to live comfortably day to day. The rest will come little by little.