My brother Robbie gave me this book one fine Christmas a few years ago. When I opened it and gazed at what was inside, my heart quickened. What I found was image after image of dramatic but warm mid-century modern houses built by such less-remembered architects as Edward Fickett (who designed my neighborhood), Jack Hillmer and William Krisel. Here's a look .
It's really tough finding a mid-century style bed. Clean design, simple headboard, tapered legs... I've looked at a lot of vintage pieces, but they can be pricey, or too small for modern mattresses. This one from West Elm really fits the bill for me, and it's on sale right now for $799 for a queen, $899 for king.
Designed by architect Raymond Kappe. Sherman Oaks, CA 1959.
I always wanted to marry an architect. These are from Houses Architects Live In, by Barbara Plumb (1977) via a favorite blog of mine. Click here for more images from vintage books, especially mid-century children's picture books.