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Monday, May 6, 2013
































We have had the most wonderful weather this last week and through the weekend, lots and lots of sunshine. Which always brings up a long-time fantasy of mine of living somewhere in southern California, where this kind of weather is more often the norm than not. My grandparents took me on a few trips through California when I was younger and I feel in love. I loved the weather and the varying landscapes, the palm trees and the fact that swimming pools were everywhere. In my mind it was all hollywood-esque, all with a timeless mid-century vibe and warm breezes. From then on I often imagined myself living in a mid-century styled ranch (I was really in to old movies and shows from the 50's when I was little which gave me an early love of mid-century design and cropped pants paired with ballet slippers). I should also note I also imagined myself living in either the hearst castle or winchester mansion. But when I spied this home on Houzz, I thought, this is a lot like the house I imagined myself living, if I lived somewhere in my more realistic childhood-california-fantasy, it would definitely be in this house. 

Did you have a particular style of house you dreamed of living in someday when you were little?

20 comments:

  1. Wow, this house looks so gorgeous and airy, I would love to live there! I've always wanted to live in a house with a verandah porch going all the way around, I've always thought it seemed so cool and American!

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    1. yes, the wrap around porch. so quintessential to the south. i love them too, add some rocking chairs and outdoor ceiling fans and a tall glass of lemonade.

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  2. I love this house. It might be a bit *too* close to a true mid-century vibe for me...I think I'd rather have bits and pieces than a whole house, if you know what I mean.

    I used to take walks in my neighborhood growing up and imagine myself in different houses. They were usually...what are those not quite Colonial/not quite Victorian? The ones with the deep porches? Transitionals? And then I morphed into bungalows and craftsmen. And now it's ranches too. What I could do if I could get my hands on a ranch!

    We lived in Southern California for a number of years, in a small condo there. It was my dream home at at the time. High ceilings and lots of light. The happiest I've ever been living anywhere.

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    1. i stil take walks around my neighborhood and imagine living in different houses. i have to admit i love almost every style. but i seem to always love a good craftsman. and a good ranch is unbeatable - all that space and one level!

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  3. What a mid-century modern dream house! I can definitely see the appeal for you. I love the whole sensibility of southern California in that time period. So much sun, so much shag carpeting, so many happy people. I don't know if I had a distinct idea of the kind of house I wanted as a kid, but the mansion from Beauty and the Beast wasn't really too far off, haha. A library so big it needed sliding ladders? OKAY. xoxo

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    1. a big library has always been on my dream home fantasy list. i spent a lot of time thinking about living in mansions with big libraries. i still do actually ; ) but i will always love a good mid-century as well, just minus the shag carpet, or any carpet for that matter. xo

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  4. This is such a beautiful house! I love all the windows...it's such a warm and inviting space!

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    1. yes, i think i really like the lived-in and livability feel of this place. it's super mid-century but still pretty cozy.

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  5. I love the mid-century modern furniture in this house! I always dreamed of living in a big Victorian mansion. Or an English cottage. I'd take either one!

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    1. i would happily take any piece of furniture in this house. i think the coffee and side tables are "lane" tables, my grandparents had those and they still looked brand new after 50 years!

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  6. Eee, hello Long Beach, the city I call home! That home is located in a very popular track of Cliff May homes and it's not far from where I live. (Smiling from ear to ear right now.)
    I love all home styles - Cap Cod, Mid-Century Modern, Spanish, Craftsman. I guess I've dreamt more about the location than the style. I always wanted to live in a home located on a hill surrounded by trees. Even now I still have the same dream. I would love to look out the window and see a hillside of tall redwood or pine trees. Hm, kind of like this http://www.houzz.com/mill-valley

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    1. well, i wish my dream could be true and then we could be neighbors! and i agree, i really love every style. but i spent so much time watching dick van dyke and hitchock movies that i really, really wanted a house a lot like this one. i guess that's what makes mid-century so fabulous, it never goes out of style because i'd still take one today!

      that link is fabulous. when i watch house hunters and they go to someplace like costa rica and look at home nestled in the hills it totally gets my fantasies flowing. could you imagine waking up to that everyday?

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  7. I love this style of house. There's a lot of them in California. My grandma lived in one (a Frank Lloyd Wright style design) and I definitely cried when it was sold. Like many, many tears. Course I have an affinity for any homes that have character and look like they can tell their own stories - if that makes sense. What I am not drawn to are the massive subdivisions of the same make and model of which there are 500,000 + in San Diego. All with the exact same layout, tiny dirt backyards and cherry wood and granite countertops. But I guess there must be a lot of people that like that!

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    1. oh man, i would have cried too. my grandparents had an old victorian, one of the most unique houses i have ever been in, there was a stage in their living room (we never knew why?). when i was little i would badger them that when they died they had to leave me the house. didn't happen :( i cried like a baby when it was sold. ....i still cry when i drive by it.

      and those houses you speak of have made me really not like granite so much. marble or concrete please :)

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  8. I must admit that I am not a huge fan of mid-century houses but this one has got quite a funky retro vibe. I love the triangular windows at the top of the bedroom and living room. I also spend a lot of time (probably more than can be considered healthy) fantasising about living somewhere where it is warm more often than not. California would be top of my list!

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    1. my fantasies of moving somewhere else (warmer!) are definitely fall on the unhealthy end of the spectrum.

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  9. Mid Century Heaven! I have the worst memory - ever. So, I can't remember where I thought of living as a child...I did have one odd fixation for a while where I would have a round built in the wall for a koala to live (wow- I can't believe I just remembered that?!)

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    1. ha, that is so cute. completely took me back to my childhood brain and made me remember those little koala and panda pencil clips, do you remember those? tiny stuffed animals that clipped on stuff, some girls would have like 50 hanging off their backpacks.

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  10. This house is a total throwback and reminds me of the home in The Incredibles :) I'm glad you had such a lovely weekend

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    1. now that you say that, yes! maybe that's why i like that movie so much.

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