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Mid-Century Modern Record Console

I’m having so much fun posting about multi-million dollar homes that I’ve been neglecting sharing images of my humble abode! So, it’s time to go inside my family room. My 1962 ranch home has two separate living areas. The living room is right off the main entrance and the family room is at the far end of the house and offers a little more privacy. When we first moved in, this room was a great place for the kids to play and watch television. But, a few years ago we found a gorgeous piano at an estate sale and the whole room changed with it. piano corner twoAfter much debate we decided the television must go. This room still sees plenty of electronic use in the form of laptops and iPads. But, without the TV, it’s a great place to relax, read, and play music. Once the piano took over the corner we had to find a use for the media cabinet. Knowing how much we paid for the cabinet about 10-12 years before, I had a hard time walking away from this quality piece of furniture. So, hardcover books went on the shelves and we turned the television area into a liquor cabinet beforeBut, I felt like it was cluttered and heavy in the space across from the piano. Here is another image right after we emptied it and decided it had to go!family room before

I was on the lookout for a Mid-Century modern record console. I felt like the size and scale would work better there. But the ones that I found were ugly, ornate and in bad condition. While they were Mid-Century, they definitely weren’t modern! I was periodically checking the site for finds. Then I found it!

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About ten miles from my home was a Clairtone record console in pristine condition. I’d never heard of the brand and I didn’t even know if it worked. But, at $250 it was far cheaper than the sideboards or consoles I’d been eyeing from Crate and Barrel or Room and Board. It was mine!

inside record consoleI especially love the woven wood detail that houses the speakers. I felt like this piece of furniture looks like something that would be designed today. The AM/FM radio and speakers work well. But, we have to replace the turntable.

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Now that there was going to be so much wall space, I had an opportunity to frame some art and family pictures. I bought some frames from Pottery Barn and laid them out on the floor to see how they’d look. Once I was happy with the arrangement it was time to put them on the wall.

frames on floor photo collage wallHere is the after with all the photo frames filled and the record console in place. Family room after

close up record consoleHere is another angle that shows it next to our big, old couch from La-Z-Boy. We talk about replacing that. But, it’s so darn comfortable! Soon it will find it’s way to the basement and will be replaced with something a little smaller. family room couch Across from that couch is a newer daybed from Crate and Barrel. Below are two pictures, one with the shades closed and one with them open. You’ll see the daybed is actually the world’s largest dog bed.daybed and piano

dog on daybedThe last picture shows the other end of the room with the wood burning fieldstone fireplace. I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section!family room fireplace

My Dining Room

It’s small. At just 12×12 my dining room is open to the living room, and has another doorway with a pocket door into the kitchen. When we bought our house the wall, which now displays the wood mirror, was a wall of mirrors. While it wasn’t my taste, I now understand how much light it would’ve reflected into this small room.dining room 2

From the opposite direction you can see the dining room looks into the recessed living room. The tablecloth is Marimekko and is from Crate and Barrel. The table is from Ethan Allen, the large piece of art work was from Pier One.dining room 1The dining room has a large door wall that look out onto the deck.dining room 4

I recently got this fun print at an art fair. The artist uses book pages to create these fun tree collages.dining room 5


Estate Sale Apothecary Jars

I stumbled upon an estate sale just few miles from my home. My husband loves to go into estate sales. I love to get a good look at the interiors of homes, but I’m often not interested in other people’s discarded items. This estate sale was different. This house was a mansion! I found the listing afterward on and it was 6,000 square feet.

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estate sales 1It was the first day of the sale and they were giving numbers to enter. I was #28 and after they let 1-27 in, they called my number. The house was so big, I didn’t know where to go first. Right off the foyer was the office. Immediately these pharmacy looking ceramic apothecary jars caught my eye. They had an antique look about them. But, they also looked like something I’d buy new at Restoration Hardware. I liked them. But, I walked the massive estate before I made any choices. I took the below shot and sent it to my husband. His response? They’re okay.

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I kept walking away with immediate pangs of regret. So, $150 later, I took them home. I may have gotten ripped off. But, I like how they’re unique. They are somewhat modern looking, yet feel like they could work in a transitional space. I felt like they would look great in my kitchen.

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Maybe someday they’ll have a special space in my remodeled kitchen. But for now, they’re on one of the shelves in the eat-in area. It looks like they’re antiques that may have been reconditioned. I certainly don’t know much about antiques. Anybody have any information on the mark below?

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This is the backside of one of them. It looks like the black letters on the front are reproductions of how they would’ve looked originally? I looked up some of the terms and they look to be British pharmacy terms from the 1800s. Anybody have anymore insight?

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My Kitchen

I often complain about my kitchen. I spend time talking about how I’d reconfigure it, open it up, brighten it up. I shouldn’t admit how many evenings I have spent measuring and scheming.

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It’s got laminate countertops, linoleum floors, and old cupboards. But, there are some things I like about my kitchen. I like the soft green paint on the cupboards. I like how light and bright it is, the white countertops help that.

The sink area looks cluttered. In a small space we have the juicer, containers, a microwave, toaster and a paper towel holder. But, I do like the big window overlooking the front yard.

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I will say this kitchen is functional. It’s got a good triangle going on. But, it is also the only way between the family room, mud room, and into the bedrooms. On busy weeknights we often don’t leave this area. We are in this space preparing dinner, kids are doing homework, then we’re cleaning up. To the right of the fridge sits the iMac, often where you’ll find my 11-year-old son. It truly is the heart of the home.

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When the kids were younger, I used to hate how a visitor could walk through the front door and see dirty dishes. I have relaxed about that and now that is the least of my worries. I do like the large window overlooking the eating area. The lighting is from Pottery Barn.

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When we moved in (seven years ago) we took down a wall separating the foyer from the kitchen, and replaced it with a half wall. We painted the cupboards, replaced the hardware, added crown moulding, updated the appliances, and removed overheard cupboards over the above peninsula. Since the economy went south a few years back we haven’t been able to renovate. Knowing it may be years, I’m trying to focus on the good parts of my kitchen!

Robin’s Nest

A Robin in our hood has such fabulous taste that she choose to build her nest on our Smith and Hawken fountain. I bought this years ago when Smith and Hawken still had brick and mortar stores. I love the copper housing and the slate, which is similar to slate inside our home.

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Here is a close-up of the Robin incubating the eggs!

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Unfortunately for her, our dog The Fonz has found the nest. Since this stylish bird went for form over function and built so close to the ground, she now has to deal with a barking Welsh Terrier.nest 4

Close up of her eggs. She has inspired me to do some decorating with Robin’s Egg Blue. What a gorgeous color.nest 2

It reminds me of this fun Jenny Lind bed from Land of Nod. I so want this for my daughter’s room!!

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