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by dalangdon
Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:13 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: EWWW! Disastrous kitchen re-muddle featured in Sunset
Replies: 45
Views: 4390

As with everything, it all depends on the appliance. Modern washing machines are much more efficient and will save water and electricity over old models. Modern refrigerators will save energy over older refrigerators (unless you have a pre-frost free refrigerator, but that gets complicated, as I sta...
by dalangdon
Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:27 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Outdoor post lighting
Replies: 8
Views: 828

I found a picture of the kind of light I'm looking for, but it won't let me link to it :-( Basically, imagine a white sort of half globe, with a black metal reflector over the top of it (sort of like the old "flying saucer" sleds, but smaller). The reflector supported by three black metal ...
by dalangdon
Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: EWWW! Disastrous kitchen re-muddle featured in Sunset
Replies: 45
Views: 4390

A few words about old appliances.... I work in conservation for a utility company. There have been no significant gains in conventional electric stove technology in the past 50 years, so "energy star" is not going to apply here. Refrigerators and washing machines, yes - stoves no. If you w...
by dalangdon
Sun Aug 10, 2008 9:13 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Outdoor post lighting
Replies: 8
Views: 828

Outdoor post lighting

I would like to put a post light out by our gate, but everything I have come across is either too mod (would look good in a loft or new modern home) or cornball (Victorian lamposts and that kind of stuff) What I would like is one of those classic 50's lamp posts with the space-age interpretation of ...
by dalangdon
Sun Jun 01, 2008 11:35 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Has midcentury peaked?
Replies: 21
Views: 2334

I wish that midcentury would peak, so I could go back to being "that weird guy with all the grandma furniture" ;-) I work for the utility company in Seattle, and it's interesting and kind of scary how much new construction has slowed down. At least the prices in Seattle are getting back to...
by dalangdon
Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:15 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: anyone watching Flip The House on A&E?
Replies: 15
Views: 1709

I work for the electric utility in Seattle, and see many "flips". All I can say is that I would never buy a flip. I'd rather deal with any "problems" myself.
by dalangdon
Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Iowa
Replies: 41
Views: 4954

Ah, Iowa City. Spent seven good years there..... There used to be a lot of modern on Campus: Stanley Hall, Hillcrest Hall, Burge, Daum, the IMU (Before the remodeled it in the 80's, it was amazing) Central library, Finkbine Golf Course. There was also a far-out sorority on the east side of the river...
by dalangdon
Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:54 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mod (and budget-oriented) Firepits
Replies: 36
Views: 6150

I like this one. It reminds me of the little space alien guy on the Flintstones :-)

http://www.firepitshop.com/patio-access ... irepit.cfm
by dalangdon
Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:16 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Ideas for kitchen update
Replies: 51
Views: 4681

If it were up to me, I'd go with Formica and linoleum. They're period appropriate, and perfect materials for kitchens. They're also relatively cheap, so that you can makeover your kitchen whenever the mood strikes you. Also, if you are a klutz (as I am) your dishes and glassware stand a fighting cha...
by dalangdon
Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:38 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exterior lighting for a 50's contemporary rancher
Replies: 43
Views: 7260

Lucite, call me crazy, but I'm not sure I would change my lighting if I were you. That kind of stylized "old-timey" light fixture is - to me - very period appropriate, and fun. The whole package reminds me of the cover of the mid-60's Betty Crocker "hostess" cookbook, which makes...
by dalangdon
Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:05 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Copper Repipe...have you done it?
Replies: 11
Views: 1432

by dalangdon
Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:53 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: it's a BBQ wkend! show me yours!
Replies: 13
Views: 1588

When I was a kid, we had a brick BBQ that was straight out of the Ricardo's Connecticut backyard: Brick, with a metal grate to grill on, all surrounded by a brick patio. It also had a trash burner on it, LOL. It all went away when the folks remodeled the house, which is a real shame: It would be gre...
by dalangdon
Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: A once beautiful MCM taken over by someone...
Replies: 39
Views: 3168

La, well I remember the former dustup and the quasi-randian lecture we were subjected to about the wealthy, and how lucky we are to have them ;-) I work for the Friendly Local Utility here in Seattle, and frequently consult with homeowners about how best to service their newly desecrated MCM's. It's...
by dalangdon
Thu May 10, 2007 11:57 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Opinions on appliance colors?
Replies: 35
Views: 2250

As long as the colors complement each other, I don't see why appliance colors have to match. I know that goes against the conventional wisdom, and it took me a while to get there, but I collect vintage appliances, and with so many cool colors, why limit yourself to just one? :-) Now I'm trying to ps...
by dalangdon
Mon May 07, 2007 7:05 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: 1950s pull-down light
Replies: 3
Views: 796

I don't know if they are a fire hazard, but I suspect not - as you still see them in houses and apartments, where they have hung, fire-free, for decades :-) An appliance "repairman" (which in Seattle means appliance salesperson, as they don't like to fix things anymore) tried to tell me th...
by dalangdon
Sat Apr 14, 2007 7:30 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: GE Wall Refrigerator Freezer?!
Replies: 17
Views: 2857

Happy, I love that pink! And I love St. Louis Park (lived in Minneapolis for a year after college) I have a Tappan "Fabulous 400" gas range, and the controls are at eye-level (for an adult) so I don't have to worry about kids playing with it - and the burners are all in a line, 8" bac...
by dalangdon
Sat Apr 14, 2007 7:20 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: New Midcentury home owner.
Replies: 25
Views: 3802

Gorgeous house! I love that bathroom and kitchen!!! I really like what you've done with it so far. Very minimal and cool. I used to not be very into Danish Modern either, but it does grow on you. Maybe just a wall unit or something like that would be cool. Or a dining table and chairs. I'm glad this...
by dalangdon
Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:52 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: GE Wall Refrigerator Freezer?!
Replies: 17
Views: 2857

by dalangdon
Wed Apr 11, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Profile by Drexel
Replies: 3
Views: 859

Sara, Antique Row is the street that runs north of the two theatres that have been restored (The Fox and the Pantages?) They have lots of fun MCM stuff, and an awful lot of Victorian-y doodads as well.

Glad you liked the china. I'm into the spiritual welfare of china as well ;-)
by dalangdon
Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:53 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Profile by Drexel
Replies: 3
Views: 859

Profile by Drexel

I found a great little Drexel China hutch in Tacoma that I am really quite fond of. I'm suprised this line hasn't gotten more attention. Does anyone else seen any of this line?

You can read about my acquisition here:
http://danlangdon.com/2007/03/theres-ne ... y-life.htm
by dalangdon
Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:23 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: GE Wall Refrigerator Freezer?!
Replies: 17
Views: 2857

Jean, as luck would have it, I just took posession of one of those cooktops today. I still have to get the wall oven component, but the cooktop is the really cool part. Bamalama, you mentioned the drawback of kids not being able to get at the fridge. As you'll see in the ad I included in the link, t...
by dalangdon
Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:58 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: GE Wall Refrigerator Freezer?!
Replies: 17
Views: 2857

I have one of these in the original pink. It's a great design, but it is - as mentioned - HEAVY, and the amount of food storage space is limited. The freezer is particularly small. You also need a fairly high ceiling to hang this at cabinet height; Not only do you need account for the compressor, yo...
by dalangdon
Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:25 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Brown Saltman Coffee Table
Replies: 3
Views: 1491

I wondered about cocktails myself: Maybe tumblers on the left (laying on their side), a tray in the center (surrounded by shot glasses?) and bottles on the right?

This will drive me nuts until I find the truth! :-)
by dalangdon
Sat Mar 10, 2007 3:09 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Brown Saltman Coffee Table
Replies: 3
Views: 1491

Brown Saltman Coffee Table

I found this Brown Saltman coffee table at a particularly disenfranchised thrift shop in south Seattle. I've got a similar one with a built-in coffee warmer, but I've never seen one like this. Does anyone know what is supposed to go in the storage area? It looks like maybe backgammon or checkers in ...
by dalangdon
Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:58 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: The Alcoa Carefree homes by Charles Goodman
Replies: 21
Views: 5093

by dalangdon
Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:53 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Hello after a long absence!! *pic heavy*
Replies: 8
Views: 2821

We replaced the original single-pane, aluminum windows in our 1954 rambler with vinyl, much to the shock and disgust of our modern-sensitive architect neighbors, but I am unrepetant: Those old windows were terrible, most of them were cracked, and you couldn't put a teakettle on without all of the wi...
by dalangdon
Wed Jan 24, 2007 10:54 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM doesn't stand a chance in Charlotte NC
Replies: 13
Views: 1947

sorry ModernCharlotte, but your situation isn't any different than any other metro area in america. it's called redevelopment. design style has nothing to do with it. this is the situation all MCM home owners face, one way or another. I'm not sure about that. MCM is getting hot in Seattle these day...
by dalangdon
Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:30 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: does an attractive drop ceiling exist?
Replies: 8
Views: 1085

Wow, I LIKE those Empire West ceilings! There's some fun patterns in there! As for the room's look, it's a room that only a MCM enthusiast could love: All knotty pine. (The previous owner was going to paint it, luckily, I talked her out of it) so I'm not too worried about it looking "nice"...
by dalangdon
Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:14 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: does an attractive drop ceiling exist?
Replies: 8
Views: 1085

does an attractive drop ceiling exist?

Hello! We live in a rambler with a basement rec room with a tile ceiling dating from the 50's. The tiles are permanently in place, and cannot be removed (unless you are demo-ing the ceiling) We need to do some wiring and, as luck would have it, the breaker panel is in the far corner of the rec room....
by dalangdon
Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:26 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Fireplace sets
Replies: 23
Views: 4630


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