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by Carlos Araujo
Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:47 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Bob Hope's Palm Springs Lautner Said to Be Asking $45MM
Replies: 2
Views: 1270

I met John Lautner at his office on Hollywood Blvd over 25 years ago. He said that Bob Hope bought the house for Dolores to keep her busy. John said she hired a decorator and remade the interior into french provincial. Architectural travesty aside, how one turns a building with no straight lines int...
by Carlos Araujo
Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Solar orientation
Replies: 12
Views: 870

Good topic. Before I bought my first house, I rented in Los Feliz in a spanish 4plex with too much western exposure, too hot. I wasn't focused on orientation for my first house, I fell for a 1920s spanish bungalow in Atwater Village. The northeast facing living room never got light. My second house ...
by Carlos Araujo
Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: bees in my soffit
Replies: 11
Views: 776

With the bee population at risk of collapse and our food supply dependent on their work, I suggest some enlightened alternatives. Here's an article about a group in So. Cal. that will remove your bees humanely, maybe they know some folks in Northern Cal. http://greenoc.freedomblogging.com/2009/04/01...
by Carlos Araujo
Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:37 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: 70's Mod wallpaper source?
Replies: 11
Views: 2129

Trina Turk in Palm Springs.
by Carlos Araujo
Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:06 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: recent problems with the website
Replies: 90
Views: 12900

I've been getting a sign-in problem lately. I already have the computer set to remember my name and password but I have lop anyway, which is no big deal but when I go to view recent posts it indicates that there's no new post as of the moment before when I logged in. Last week on my home computer I ...
by Carlos Araujo
Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:45 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: '60s Madison Ave. TV "Mad Men" (Season 2- July 27,
Replies: 20
Views: 2353

So who is Draper palling with in that seductive Palm Springs house? Simply MCM eurotrash eye-candy or something more sinister like con artists or pro-soviet spies? Any thoughts?
by Carlos Araujo
Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:16 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Where the hardwood meets the aluminum window frame . . .
Replies: 28
Views: 1001

I installed cork in my living & dining rooms, stairs, entrance and hallway. It's 1X3 prefinished interlocking floating system from simplefloor.com. Did it myself with the help of my father-in-law's wood shop and know-how. Retired aeronautical engineers can be very precise. The stairs were tricki...
by Carlos Araujo
Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:56 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Carlsbad, CA - whos got info
Replies: 23
Views: 2101

Izzy: Even at $500K I think you'll be disappointed with what it buys near the coast. My wife is a realtor and even with the sales gone flat she was not excited about hunting down a property for a buyer with particular tastes in this price range for a single family residence in a coastal community. N...
by Carlos Araujo
Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:42 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Offbeat play equipment?
Replies: 23
Views: 4058

Glenoaks Park in Glendale, CA had a rocket ship the last time I looked but that was a few years ago.
by Carlos Araujo
Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:20 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: EWWW! Disastrous kitchen re-muddle featured in Sunset
Replies: 45
Views: 2771

Interesting topic. I have the same debate at home. I'm for preserving the original circa 1970 stained pine cabinets while my wife would prefer to demo and go IKEA for something more sleek and nuetral. Since we're at an impasse and we don't have money to burn, the preservation conservation side is wi...
by Carlos Araujo
Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:29 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Minimalist Gardens
Replies: 31
Views: 4269

ProfundusDirectus: For a native plant consultant I recommend Orchid Black of Pitcher Sage Design, she did my native garden in Glendale which was on the 2007 TPF tour. She's excellent and her rates are resasonable. Your best source for local native plants is Theodore Payne Foundation (TPF) in Sunland...
by Carlos Araujo
Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:49 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: recent problems with the website
Replies: 90
Views: 12900

I got the DEBUG too, not a detention slap.
by Carlos Araujo
Wed May 21, 2008 9:03 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: help selecting a tree...
Replies: 52
Views: 2826

Yes the redbud can ge up to 14'. If you're looking for something a little shorter and sculptural my vote is also for a tall manzanita. Ask your native nursery rep to get a fine upright specimen.
by Carlos Araujo
Tue May 20, 2008 9:12 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: help selecting a tree...
Replies: 52
Views: 2826

As a native fan, I love ceanothus but it I think you might end up with a large shrub. For a native tree local to your area I recommend a western redbud.
by Carlos Araujo
Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Minimalist Gardens
Replies: 31
Views: 4269

Oh also... Another cool Dr. Suess plant according to the California Native Plants for your Garden by Bornstein, et al is the Giant Coreopsis.
by Carlos Araujo
Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Minimalist Gardens
Replies: 31
Views: 4269

I'm enjoying this discussion. I've also read Larner and I place her somewhere between sage and prophet in my pantheon of heros. For S&G there's Las Pilitas Nursery, but you probably knew that already. For Josquin there's also Tree of Life in Capistrano, a drive for you but worth the trip, especi...
by Carlos Araujo
Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:18 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Minimalist Gardens
Replies: 31
Views: 4269

Josquin, Sorry about the e-typo! I meant to ask if your garden is on the tour this year. I moved last June to San Clemente and I'm working on my mid-century townhouse. A relative recently sent pictures of my former Glendale house, the ceanothus and poppies are in bloom. I don't think that the garden...
by Carlos Araujo
Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Minimalist Gardens
Replies: 31
Views: 4269

Nice pics Josquin. Is our garden on the Theodore Payne tour this year?
by Carlos Araujo
Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Disneyland's "It's a Small World" in danger
Replies: 26
Views: 1370

From Saturday's LA Times
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/business/la-fi-smallworld29mar29,0,2344784.story

My two cents... the point of the ride is make the faces appear to be more anonymous than recognizable, that's what makes the experience more universal.
by Carlos Araujo
Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Disneyland's "It's a Small World" in danger
Replies: 26
Views: 1370

From Saturday's LA Times
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/business/la-fi-smallworld29mar29,0,2344784.story

My two cents... the point of the ride is make the faces appear to be more anonymous than recognizable, that's what makes the experience more universal.
by Carlos Araujo
Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: PIONEERTOWN for sale -
Replies: 14
Views: 1348

I stayed there years ago. Definately very funky and retro hip. As I recall my tiny room had some sort of electric fireplace with waving psuedo flames. Interest in the area has dropped dramatically since the fires one or two years ago. A friend's modern cabin/studio burned in the fire; he has zero in...
by Carlos Araujo
Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Converting Grass to Xeriscape Guidelines
Replies: 16
Views: 1117

For plant lists I recommend Native Landscaping from El Paso to LA by Wasowski, which covers a variety of climates in the southwest. I can't tell you which MCM plants work in LV since in live in So Cal but I'm planning to a remake the garden for MCM townhouse where I"ll be using lot's of Cal nat...
by Carlos Araujo
Sat Jan 12, 2008 9:10 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: how to remove permanent marker from wood
Replies: 3
Views: 995

It's a good thing you took a picture, it looks like a clue to the Zodiac murders. Send it to the SF Chronicle! :wink:
by Carlos Araujo
Fri Jul 13, 2007 6:52 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Felix Chevrolet
Replies: 43
Views: 4315

LA Times Article: Catapulted to new heights

The Felix Chevrolet dealership's neon cat sign in Los Angeles gets a historic-cultural monument designation.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-felix13jul13,1,5738396.story?coll=la-headlines-california
by Carlos Araujo
Sat Jul 07, 2007 6:55 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Nabisco Plant in Buena Park Demolished
Replies: 5
Views: 656

Nabisco Plant in Buena Park Demolished

This is my first discussion thread starter, unfortunately it's not a happy one. On some recent car trips on the I-5 to my new abode I noticed something missing. It's the Nabisco plant in Buena Park. The style was reminiscent of the Fagus factory by Gropius and the Bauhaus. This is an article in the ...
by Carlos Araujo
Fri Jun 29, 2007 6:55 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: "Medallion Home" medallion
Replies: 15
Views: 872

Just moved into my townhouse in San Clemente. It's Corbu modern with white stucco and large sliding glass doors, but de-rigueur mission tile tacked on probably to meet planning code requirements. It has the medallion on the doorbell, the oven and range are electric, the heater and water heater are g...
by Carlos Araujo
Fri May 25, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Sedona, AZ ?
Replies: 3
Views: 707

I recommend viewing Desert Fury with Lizabeth Scott and Burt Lancaster before you go. Not MCM, but definetly retro-campy in full Technicolor. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039311/
by Carlos Araujo
Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:44 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Entry Courtyard
Replies: 18
Views: 5008

Theodore Payne

Payne and Las Pilitas are excellent resources for native plants. So is Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens in Claremont. Theodore Payne is sponsoring a garden tour this weekend (April 28 & 29), my garden is #21 on the tour (AKA Glendale 2 on the website). Yours would be an excellent candidate for...
by Carlos Araujo
Wed Apr 25, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Entry Courtyard
Replies: 18
Views: 5008

Nice use of native plants, when arraigned properly they can work well in a modern/abstract garden. However, I'm not sure about sculping, my native plant consultant advises people to best leave the ceanothus and manzanitas to grow naturally.

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