Wednesday, March 18, 2009


A first for MCM Utah--a home in Springville.

I rarely get down to Art City, but on an evening trip a couple weeks ago I noticed an amazing MCM home. As I drove around the neighborhoods, even more houses popped out at me. I decided I needed to go back during the day to snap a few pictures. Around that time a friend told me that I'd love a Springville home that is in her family. We went to check it out one fine morning, and what a find!

Yes, that's a residential butterfly roof. Incredibly lovely.

The house is a neutral colored brick, with barn red siding, and mint trim. I love the graduated windows and the use of the lot.
You can see both a garage (in mint/aqua) and a carport. The driveway slopes slightly down from the street, taking advantage of the lot. Notice the small windows on the western facade. These days we'd probably put large windows in their place, but in the late 50s, when this house was built, smaller windows on an exposed western side would have provided better energy efficiency. The plants must be original as well. Those yuccas were probably planted to give the house the Palm Springs feel. In fact, all of the plants are period--what a trip!

I'm entirely enchanted by this house--which my friend assures me is mostly vintage condition minus an 80s kitchen remodel) Whoever placed the house did so to echo and frame the mountains behind the home.

I don't know what it is about a butterfly roof, but they just enchant me.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sourcing::Vintage Stoves


Vintage Wedgewood Stove at Joe's Appliance

I needed a replacement part for my new Frigidaire front-loader and decided it would be faster to get it at a place in town rather than online ordering. After a call to make sure they had the part, I hauled the kids down to the shop. I've never been there before, and what a treat for a mechanical junkie like me. Sure there were the usual collection of late model appliances, but this Wedgewood stove in nearly perfect condition caught my eye.

Shh, I've got a crush on it.

I asked Joe the owner if I could take a picture of it. He seemed surprised and agreed. Like most service guys, Joe loves the old models and has a few hanging around at all times. He took me into a side room to show me a fantastic streamline stove that was used as a prop in a period movie.

I've gotten some mail from people looking to sell their vintage appliances; it's worth giving him a call to see if he's interested. If you need a vintage piece, I'd recommend a browse at the shop.

In looking for info on the stove, just by the design it's either late 40s (probably '48 at the earliest) or very early 50s--no later than '52. You can tell from the way the door handle curves that we're on the cusp of some serious rounding of the iron doors, but haven't committed. I think the straight legs and the serious profile (vs. streamlining) is a dead-giveaway for circa 1950.

What a great piece.

Monday, January 12, 2009

North Timpview :: Black, White, and Hillside

I have loved this house for years.

The house is built into the hillside on a remarkably clean piece of land. I love the symmetry of the house; the balanced wings, the exact lower level. Notice the beams on the highest roof level and the integrated window mullions.

One of these days I'll invest in a better camera to capture the architectural details. The black and white (although it's really a deep brown) make the house look fresh and crisp.

I've actually been inside this house since a friend of mine grew up here, and her parents still own the property. The place is perfectly preserved late 60s to 70s modern with paneling and shag. Pristine!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Eames::Twisting the Classics

Tonight on Gossip Girl I noticed an Eames lounge chair in a non-traditional fabric. First of all, it was fabric, secondly, it was some sort of repeating zig-zag. I had to rewind the scene a couple times, and then I had to go back to listen to what the actors were saying.

In fact, it's not the only lounge chair in a fabric I've spotted lately: Dr. House on House also has one upholstered in a super-wide wale corduroy.

How do we feel about the iconic Eames lounge chair in something other than an 'estate-approved' covering?

Fantastic and innovative re-do or scary and inappropriate messing about?

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Children:: Pint-sized Retro Kitchen

I just about died when I saw this adorable 50s play kitchen at my local Costco. I think they were asking about $130. We don't have the space, or the kids who would be that into a play kitchen. If you do, how adorable would this look tucked into a corner?

Friday, July 18, 2008

Signs :: Thai Village AF

I spotted this great sign on the back of the Thai Village restaurant in American Fork. I love the streamline look of the sign, with its rounded corners and graduated step shoulders. You can see from the holes around the lettering where the light bulbs would have been. Don't you love the font?

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Ginger-Crazy for this House::MCM Holidays

A friend sent me a link to the cutest gingerbread house I have ever seen.

If that doesn't warm your cockles, what else will (don't say a Brandy Alexander)? I'm hoping that Red Envelope will still carry the coolest gingerbread house I've ever seen next year.