Anne and Gary's
Mid-Century Modern Home

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The Renovation is Done!

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Finished Kitchen
The renovation is pretty much done, or as done as such things get.   We are extremely pleased with the results of the project.   It is exactly what we envisioned. And the quality of the work is excellent, thanks to the patience and craftsmanship of our general contractor (and artist), John Mueller.

Starting today, we're going to show pictures of the completed project.   We'll alternate displaying the overall house with posts about our experiences with appliances, hardware, plumbing features, and design challenges.

We're going to start by taking a look at our new kitchen.

As you can see, the top picture features the built in refrigerator, can lighting, and built in stove and microwave.

The bottom picture features the laminate counter top, sink, and cabinetry.

The colors in the picture, as is often the case in photographs, are deceptive.    The clay wall color is much more subtle than the glowing orange it appears in the picture.  The black of the appliances and counter top are not the severe contrast that they appear in the picture.

The colors all work together extremely well.

The clay is a continuation of the living room wall color.   The black picks up the black of the VCT tile in the living room.   The green introduces another fun color into our palette.

We owe it all to our wonderful color consultant, Deb Allstott of Home Matters in La Grande.

The sink and appliances are nice, but we are not entirely satisfied with any of them. We'll have more on that later.

We are very pleased with our new layout.   It is so nice to have space between the refrigerator and the range.

What we love perhaps the most are the cabinets which were custom made by Tom Woodruff of Woodruff Custom Furniture and Cabinetry.   He did a wonderful job.   The cabinets matched the style of other cabinetry in the house so everything blends together seamlessly.

We'll have more details about the renovation and more examples of John, Deb, and Tom's work in the weeks ahead.

Stay tuned.

Virtual Tour

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Below is a short video tour or our living room/dining room/kitchen.

To start the video click on the small triangle at the lower left of the viewing window.

IKEA vs Painted Plywood

Sunday, January 6th, 2008
Dining Room Table
It is interesting how this house really lets us know if something will work.It’s a contemporary house; but the contemporary is 50 years old. We’ve found with furniture that what was contemporary in the 1950’s and 1960’s immediately settles in and feels right.We’re starting to find the same thing with the kitchen.

Months ago, when we first bought our house, we drooled over modern kitchens in magazines like Dwell and Natural Home as well as in the IKEA catalog.

We considered going that route, but something didn’t feel right.

Dining Room Table
As you can see from the pictures on the left, our hall and bathroom have the original plywood/particleboard painted cabinetry. It’s not a choice everyone would make, but we’ve come to realize the kitchen cabinets need to match.We wondered if it were even possible to have matching cabinets.A trip to Millers Custom Cabinets, a business that has been in La Grande since Anne grew up here in the 1950’s, answered that question.

We are now working with Ben, a cabinet maker at Miller’s, to help us return the kitchen cabinets to their original style.

Stay tuned as we discuss materials, layout, and color!

Thinking about a kitchen remodel.

Saturday, October 20th, 2007
Place Setting
We are starting to give serious thought to remodeling our kitchen.The picture on the left is the kitchen as it is now.

Though the existing cabinets give the kitchen a cozy country cabin look, that isn’t really what the house is all about.

We want to bring the kitchen more into the mid century modern look in which it was originally designed. One thing we will be doing is putting on different cabinet doors that go better with the style of the house.

We are also planning on installing new counter tops. We are still looking around for a material we like but haven’t made a decision yet. It will definitely not be granite.

We are planning on putting an Energy Star refrigerator in the space where the fake bricks currently are and moving the oven under the stove.

The lighting for the room is inadequate but we haven’t figured out what to do with it yet. That is definitely going to be a challenge.

At this point we are still in the “early confused stage” of planning. However, we are to the point where we are ready to have a contractor come out and discuss how realistic our preliminary ideas might be.

Once we’ve talked to the contractor we will regroup and figure out what we want to do next.