Monday, August 25, 2008

Home Sweet Home!

I was googling images on line last week and stumbled upon the most interesting photos of the first home of M. Bibelot and her husband on her Flickr site. From what I could gather, it's somewhere near San Francisco since they can see part of the Golden Gate Bridge and was built in 1952. It was also furnished with some fabulous mid-century sale finds from DWR. But it's not only what they have but how they put it together. I think it also helps that they take good photos! I've only posted a few of the "after" photos but there are a bunch of great "before" photos so you can see the progression. I also love how it looks like they move things around often and really love their new place. Home sweet home indeed!















17 comments:

Gina said...

Everything looks so clean and tidy, I mean for a private home.....
Gina from Germany

Becky said...

I love seeing the stretched Marimekko prints--not just the flowers but the three people in a line. I have a few of those wallhangings myself, and I think it's a great, inexpensive way to make an impression.

Ivy Lane said...

Loving this post! I just got the DWR catalog..it reads like a history book of the great mid-century designer icons and their most famous works!! Great catalog to keep for design reference. I have been longing for the Sarrinen small round table.. want to use as a night stand.. that is AFTER I get my new bedroom set!!! The new issue of Dwell is out now.. also lots of great ideas!

Aaron Connors said...

i think it is cliche to use most (not all) of the design within reach items, because it is so off the shelf. it gives anyone with the ability to buy them the mass acceptance of design "taste". in this case, you could read this as buy most everything from the catalogue and case closed.

Ivy Lane said...

I agree aaron...to a degree.. but it's a free country especially where design is concerned.. so let's just let it be to each it's own!!! case closed...still I want that table!!!

Motor City Jeanne said...

This is my kind of house!! I love the grass cloth, Eames and is that Marimekko? Living in Michigan, I drool over anything from Herman Miller. I charish my Noguchi coffee table. :-)

Jennifer Ramos said...

BEAUTIFUL....with some interesting 70's style elements.

Jen Ramos
'100% Recycled DESIGNER Cards & More'
www.madebygirl.com
madebygirl.blogspot.com

Habitually Chic said...

Gina - It is clean! I think the fact that move things around a lot probably has something to do with that.

Habitually Chic said...

Becky - stretched fabric of any kind is a great and sometimes inexpensive way to create art!

Habitually Chic said...

Ivy Lane - The best part of some of my recent projects is that I have learned a lot about the amazing furniture designers of the past. There is so much rich history behind all of their work and they have left us with a very rich legacy!

Habitually Chic said...

Aaron - would it have offended you less if they bought all the same pieces at a flea market? As I always say, to each his own. I don't particulary love chintz but you don't hear me bashing Mario Buatta everyday. If it makes them happy and it looks nice, who cares where they bought it. Besides, it's more about how they put it together that makes it special...and how enthusiastic they are about the design of their home!!!

Habitually Chic said...

Jeanne - how fabululous that you have a Noguchi coffee table! You go girl! I went to the Noguchi museaum once in NYC and it was so interesting. You should go if ever come to the city!

Habitually Chic said...

Jennifer - the whole thing is great!

Habitually Chic said...

Aaron - I forgot to mention that their home was built in the the 1950's so mid-century modern furniture kind of makes sense in the space. It's the perfect backdrop!

Amie Gillingham said...

I think both the space and their photos are simply magical. What great light they have! I had been wondering if they had an Eichler when I saw the house given that they're in SF, but I agree with their comment on their Flickr set: it IS just as good.

Tres Smith said...

panton chairs always look dated and eames is so knocked off and undesirable here in los angles where we see them so often we are sick of them

m.bibelot said...

Thank you for the nice review and comments! I find this recent backlash against mid-century classics to be puzzling, though. Criticizing design classics by virtue of their ubiquitousness alone? That's a weak argument. What's wrong with "off the shelf", anyway? What would you have us do instead? Regress to our college days when sofas and tables were constructed with milk crates and CMU?

tres smith: We're actually going for a period look with our furniture, so when someone says something is "dated," we take that as a compliment! If Eames is so undesirable and detested in LA, we'll gladly make the road trip down to take this stuff off your hands! :)

Related Posts with Thumbnails