Art, Inspiration and General Musings

June 27, 2010

Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

Yesterday marked the first-ever mid-century modern home tour in Sacramento...and it was awesome. The tour featured a very small vintage car show, screenings of Scopitone films from the '60s (my favorite was "Femininity" by Donna Theodore), an 11-home tour and several local points of interest. Photography was forbidden in most of the homes - with the exception of a few, including my two favorite homes on the tour. Yay!

One of my favorite homes on the tour was this two-story custom home designed by Robert N. Hill in 1963. The home features floor-to-ceiling windows, a floating staircase and a front-yard pool - what?!! Can you say "amazing"?!!

{love, love, love the floating stairs}

{By the way, this is the front yard! This is the first front-yard pool I've ever seen - love!}

{the doors lead into the living room and there's also small window for easy access to the bar - brilliant!}

{the kitchen featured tiles by Heath Ceramics - specifically "oval" from the dimensional collection}

{Darcey & me - look how cute Darcey is! She told me she was channelling Joan from Mad Men while getting dressed that morning}

Perhaps my favorite home on the tour was a two-bedroom designed by George W. Haggert back in 1964. The home featured a dropped living room, shag carpeting and some truly swoon-worthy furnishings and decor.

{many of the homes featured vintage & quality pieces mixed in with items from the likes of IKEA, like this sofa}
{knitted lab rat - available from Etsy seller Crafty Hedgehog, $125}

Another home that I adored, was that of tour co-coordinator Gretchen Steinberg (who I interview here). Built in 1961, the home was designed for a semi-retired pear farmer by the name of T.B. McCormack. Gretchen shares the home with her husband and children. The home features a mixture of quirky retro pieces and mid-century modern furniture.

{The above George Nelson Sunburst Clock was in several of the homes on the tour}

{large RCA dog aka "Nipper" and Eames Armchair}

{a pear pillow by Jonathan Adler pays homage to the original owner}

{the family's quirky sensibilities are evident from this vintage toy gun display}

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11 comments:

ella said...

i like the Modern Sofa at the first pic. was it for sale? or something like that?

galfridaydesign said...

Great pictures! You did such a wonderful job capturing all the amazing "eye candy" on the tour. :)

Gretchen said...

Hurray! It was so nice meeting you -- glad you had a nice tour experience and thanks so much for your post!

Niko said...

amazing pics! makes me want to really pay attention to the homes when i go to sacramento for christmas! thanks for sharing!

angeline said...

Gorgeous! I love the front-yard pool and that knitted lab rat. Sacramento has some awesome homes.

Modernesia said...

Awesome photos! I wish I could have taken the tour, but alas ... I can get a glimpse through your cool pics.

Modern home designs said...

Everything about the house is beautiful, every single detail is fantastic. Thank you for sharing such an inspiration.

Nate said...

Erin, The Robert N. Hill home with the pool in the front courtyard has been one of my most FAVORITE examples of MCM residential architecture I have come across in Sacramento. Simply stunning. I have admired it from the street for years. I was not able to go on the tour, and really missed out on this one. Thanks for taking pictures!!!!!!

jenni kaufusi said...

love love the front yard pool, & all the homes. looks like you had tonz of fun.

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I am super crazy for architecture of the 60's. The homes are beautiful and obviously the homeowners have a fantastic sense of style because they made the spaces perfectly reflect the old and new. What a fun tour, thanks for sharing...Carol

Candi said...

I've never seen a pool in the front yard! Gorgeous homes!!!

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