March 26, 2019

Original B/W Photo by Julius Schulman (© J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) Colorized by Tim Hills, 2019

One of the most eye catching and unique house designs to come out of the mid century was a vacation home built for the chairman of Whirlpool (Louis C. Upton) and designed by the architects Paul Schweikher and Winston Elting. Lived in for only two years as a home, it was a house of beautiful contrasts: At once a sprawling fortress and yet transparent and inviting.

The nor...

March 29, 2018

When you’re a mid-century modern fanatic, it’s not unusual to spend a late night searching through vintage furniture advertisements on That's what all the cool kids do, right? Luckily, we are far from the only people out there who like to dig deeper and explore mid-century modern furniture, architecture and design. 

There are a few resources that we go to time and time again. On Facebook there are wonderful groups like Mid Century Modern, Mid Century Modern Pickers & Identification and Modernism. These...

March 5, 2018

While we currently live in a Norman Carver home in Kalamazoo, Michigan, this isn't our first mid-century modern home. From 2014 to 2016, we lived in a 1958 home designed by architect J. Bruce Spencer in Lakeland, Florida. It was the architect's own home and a place that we really loved. It was even featured in Dwell Magazine's Rooms We Love Issue in May 2015. Read on for more about our restoration, vintage photos and photos after the restoration.  

Many of the images below are slideshows so please scroll to see the oth...

February 19, 2018

In the 1930s, a type of artificial leather was created called Naugahyde. When you’re buying vintage mid-century modern furniture, you’ll deal with Naugahyde upholstery quite a bit. Naugahyde was cheaper than leather, durable and relatively easy to clean. Since it could be manufactured in large rolls, it also allowed furniture to be covered without visible seams.

In promotional materials, there was a definite tongue-in-cheek campaign suggesting that Naugahyde was the hide of an animal called a Nauga. If you’re interested, yo...

January 22, 2018

Before we moved to Michigan, we briefly looked at homes in Northern Florida. Jacksonville and the surrounding area has a lot of affordable and interesting mid-century properties, but one in particular immediately caught our eye. The Butterfly House, designed by architect Bob Broward, was one of those truly incredible homes that you're instinctively drawn to. We toured the home in 2015 when it was first on the market, but it ultimately wasn't to be. We followed the sale of the house and were thrilled to learn that it ended...

January 18, 2018

Whether you're in the process of buying a mid-century modern home in Palm Springs, South Florida or anywhere in between, you might also be facing the prospect of a swimming pool. Of course, there are plenty of pros and cons of having a swimming pool, regardless of the style. If your home already has a swimming pool, or if you're thinking about adding one, then find out how to ensure that it matches your mid-century style and is in keeping with the era, design and architecture of your home.

Should Your Mid-Century Home...

December 27, 2017

Beginning in May of 2017, we began to restore our flat roof, interior beams and clerestory windows. Watch a slideshow of the process and read all about it.

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