Thursday, August 1, 2013

What I want; what I really, really want



All my life I thought I wanted a craftsman house. And when I couldn't afford one, I told the real estate agent, "Just find me some ancient damned squat in Altadena that I can buy for $10 and some groupons."

So that's what I got. But it turns out, that's not what I want at all. I don't want cozy; I don't want eaves, and dark living rooms, and plumbing problems. I want sleek. I want spare. I want mid-century modern.

When I tell this to friends, you know, about the volte-face in my aesthetics, they say, "Don't you find, that our tastes change as we get older..."

And that sort of response makes me so mad I jump up and down until I dislodge my artificial hip and lose my dentures. No, it's not because I got older -- you guys did, and I'm really sorry about that, boo-hoo. But the reason I want midcentury modern is because ... wait, where was I, now I forgot what I was saying...

Oh, hell, it doesn't matter. But I'm soliciting volunteers to launch a Kickstarter for me so I can get this:

In return, well, I'm all out of groupons, but there's some Ralph's coupons I stashed away, and they're worth double on Wednesdays.

41 comments:

  1. Girlfriend, u is a minimalist! lol I love it... hey, since Zimmerman is doing a road trip maybe he can hit up on Fort Knox and drop a few good bars your way? unless he gets pulled over for speeding again!. :-)

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  2. Gorgeous! I particularly enjoy the breakfast nook.

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  3. Shinny and sleek - true, but that's because they watered down that asphalt drive that surounds 3/5's of your tree-less 'bake in a box.' Yeah yeah, solar reduction white roof - so is mine. You Albert and the rest of your menagerie will still be laying lifeless on those original 'Mexican tiles' when the mercury climbs....

    ....now that I've shishcabobbed your dream, don't you feel better?

    and it's Thursday

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  4. Yes, I'm a minimalist. I plan to go down to one fork and one knife, and when folks come to dinner, they can bring their own utensils.

    And I hate when people like PA piss on my parade. Because then my bursitis acts up. So I don't know whether that's because I'm mad or it's going to rain.

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  5. PA has some practical words of wisdom! "Bake in a Box" indeed! As for me, I prefer the traditional look, indeed. And trees; I need trees; white white people need shade!

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  6. I like old places best, but I have to admit that this place is pretty nice!

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  7. How is that so much of what I see from late Forties is so dowdy - clothes, cars and don't get me started about the music - but homes like this are still so appealing?

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  8. Does "fixer" mean fixer-upper? For a million-six??? Saw ads elsewhere today for nice houses in Detroit for under $20,000 . . .

    Old vs. new--I prefer the older-looking exteriors, but gotta have a lotta light inside. Gotta lotta.

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  9. I guess mid-century modern architecture wasn't all bad, but the furniture: Yikes! Cheap, uncomfortable Danish modern knock-offs upholstered in nubby burnt-orange or mustard-colored fabric parked in wall-to-wall-carpeted, beige- painted rooms, and all directed towards huge black-and-white television consoles sporting rabbit ears that never quite succeeded in capturing a clean image. Or maybe that was just where I grew up. Anyway, I always liked Grandma's craftsman way better, even if it was in a sorta seedy neighborhood.

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  10. Very interesting to peek into how other people live. For some reason my husband and I have always wanted booth seating in the kitchen - never room for it but like the idea. Lots of distance to cover in the kitchen, never mind the sprawling layout of the house. You'd need help to keep the place dust-free:)

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  11. I try and think of a quote by Salvador Dali whenever I want something, "Once you get what you want, you won' want it". Then I go and get it anyway and have to dump it at a garage sale because I didn't believe Salvador. So be thankful that you can't get the mid-century modern house. After that you'd want an end-century and after that a post-century and have to repeat the cycle again. You'd be dead from hosting too many garage sales.

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  12. I love the bouse and I'm fascinated by the blue print but give me shade and more shade. And then some more. I would tear up that glacéd asphalt and plant a forest of mountain bamboo and every kind of tree, everywhere. I want to come to the house warming, though.

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  13. What fun to try on a new house like this! The inside looks very livable (love all those clean white walls), but I would need more trees and shade outside (not to mention a lap pool and hot tub).

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  14. yes, I know, we need to make some changes. I don't want those orange tiles that look like dried puke, and I don't want the tub that looks like an amoeba. We'll ditch the furniture, we'll plant some trees. Leave me those white walls.

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  15. Sounds to me like we could all have a mansion, lap pool, hot tub, and a forest of trees. All we have to do is move to Detroit.

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  16. Petrea, it's funny you mention Detroit. I predict it will one day be the greenest city in America. In fact, I wish I owned land there as an investment.

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  17. Starkly elegant, with some curious touches.
    I agree that trees would be an important addition.
    But then, we could check out Detroit....

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  18. You all check out Detroit and stay as long as you like. I'll hold down the fort in the kitchen, bedroom, but mostly on the patio.

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  19. Why choose between a craftsman and mid-century modern? To me, both are appealing. The craftsman because it says the hell with gilt and show-offiness, and the mid-century modern because of its classical optimism that shines today. All you need is a Googie's coffee shop on the main drag.

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  20. Can I say I love mid-century houses but hate googie? Yes, of course I can say that, who the hell is going to stop me? I don't get why people feel a nostalgia for googie; it's ugly.

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  21. I have some Kroger coupons you can have, but I don't think they're any good in California. On second thought, maybe you should buy a 5-gallon bucket of white paint and go to town.

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  22. I hope you're right, Paula, they're having a bad time there now. We should all invest. They'll come up with something.

    Googie is architectural cartoon. Eye of the beholder and all that. Some people like cartoons.

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  23. Looks like the only thing that needs to be fixed is the PRICE!!!!

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  24. Dang1 If you only had enough groupons, there is a house across the street from us [fixer!!!]they are asking too much for, but if you had it you could fix it [for a lot more groupons] to your light filled specs AND there is room for your horse, not to mention that you would have wonderful neighbors across the street who would even visit Albert in your absence and tame your cat too.

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  25. I like that Doris offered to tame "your" cat.

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  26. When it comes to Deytwah, I kind of agree with Paula. Although I suspect some investors are buying beautiful houses just to strip them of anything antique or valuable. Same thing happened here when Pasadena was down on its luck.

    (M, I did see how Doris snuck that in.)

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  27. Call me crazy...but I love that Mid Century modern too!!! I grew up in a mid century modern, built by my mom and dad when I was in the 4th grade...never liked it...always wanted Craftsman or Victorian...now...as I look back...I like the openness of the mid cent. and the windows all over...yep...it needs a kitchen make over and a whole lot of new furniture...but then, if you can afford 1.6m...I guess you can afford to do all that...with or without Groupons!!!

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  28. I like the look, but I don't think I'd be happy living in it. Keep a guest room ready for me, though.

    I'm happy in our wonky 100 year old farmhouse. It has a scary basement, and sloping floors, but it has a great personality.

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  29. I might swap you my 1950s house for your squat. It's in Utah, but I'll throw in my frequent flyer miles.

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  30. Your groupons would be useless to me anyway, KB. I'm starting to think 'no maintenance aesthetic' could be my hot button.

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  31. Beautiful house, but so enormous to me...
    Love where the house is situated.
    The hills of Kinneloa Mesa looks a wonderful place!

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  32. Currently I live above an antique store - as though they sat a little house atop one of those turn-of-the-century (20th) storefronts with the false fronts like you see in Western movies, but on an "historic" avenue (read dilapidated) in old St. Paul.

    For that nostalgic feeling, I only need to stand by the exhaust fan outside for that pleasing smell of must and rot you get from old buildings and hand-carved furniture left in a limestone basement. Upstairs, I've decorated the interior in post-modern multi-residential.

    Arcade Avenue is a piece of old Highway 61 through town. The building vibrates when heavy trucks go by, and in winter, when the balloon framing cracks and heaves on sub-zero nights.

    The surrounding residential architecture is mostly post-Victorian, with cedar shakes, pillars and spires, with lots of natural woodwork within, most of it converted to rental property from the 60's on. Currently, a number of Habitat for Humanity homes have sprung up - mostly former Chicago residents taking advantage of the program.

    The Mexican consulate lies within a half-mile or so, and we have the largest Hmong population in the U.S., as well as a good number of Somali refugees arriving daily, and all numbers of SE Asians, Africans and Eastern Europeans. History is repeating itself, demographically, though many old Italian restaurants remain, and Swede Hollow is a good place to walk the dogs on a cool summer day. Don't forget the Irish - Our former Governor Jesse Ventura claimed the streets were laid out by drunken Gaelic's!

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  33. The more I thought about this house the more fascinated I became with it so I checked it out. The photographer had to be standing on the property across the street because all that asphalt is really the street in front of it and it's ugly and in need of lots of repair.

    And then there's this, which is grand.

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  35. So Bandit, I take it you're in the Mid c tribe? Check out the Research house on Paula's link.

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  36. 50's ... yah, my birthright.

    Brick, stucco, metal lath and plaster, hardwood floors by builder's code, actual fir lumber and substantially nailed by hand -shokunin kishitsu.

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  37. Nice!! On the subject of craftsman, what I want; what I really, really want is the Gamble House kinda/sorta in your neck of the woods, but with more contemporary furnishings, updated appliances, bigger windows and a tad more light (Greene & Greene must be turning in their graves). Now all I need are the winning numbers for next week's Powerball...

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  38. Thought I'd check back to see if the Ralph's coupons worked. Such a good use for them.

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  39. I would visit and be sure to bring my fork. If we could find a nice third party, I'd take the amoeba bathtub off your hands. I just know I could place it somewhere in our backyard. Large enough for a one-person whirlpool?

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  40. It's actually a virus. Everyone likes midcentury modern currently.

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