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June 11, 2012

Oodles of Pictures of “The Citation” Home Taken By Reader Ron During Modern Tulsa’s Open House!

By Ron & RetroRuth

I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to our fantastic reader, Ron, who sent me all of these wonderful pictures of “The Citation” that he took during Modern Tulsa’s recent open house. They are absolutely phenomenal,  so I am going to stick a sock in it and let Ron show you the pics and tell you all about his amazing tour!

I had the pleasure of attending “Modern Tulsa’s” open house last Saturday and meeting Jennie a fellow mid century modern home renovator. Her home is truly an amazing place with much of the credit for its appearance going to Jennie and her keen eye for detail and period perfect renovations.

Prepare to be gobsmacked in mid-century delight!

Upon arrival at the modest looking home, I found two vintage cars parked in the drive for the open house, this was a nice touch.

exterior left

The entry with its built in planter and original sputnik light fixture starts to give you a taste of what is to come.


Also in the entry are 5 original photos of the house as well as the plans.

entry showing original pics and plans

Turning the corner from the entry, here is Jennie, the homeowner, dressed in green and her mom.

homeowner Jennie and her mom

The family room, when Jennie first purchased the home, was covered in wall to wall turquoise carpet which was not in good shape. She took up the carpet to find the original linoleum, but she was unable to salvage it due to the damage done by the carpet tacking strips.

family room

The original tile was shades of tan. Jennie chose to keep the space light when she replaced the tile but she recreated the same original pattern. The turquoise accent tile was chosen because it closely resembles the color of her original kitchen countertop. Jennie said she has owned this chair for many years and the sectional was purchased down the street at an estate sale. On the dining room side of the fireplace there is a built in BBQ with rotisserie.

family room fireplace from dining room

Looking from the dining room toward the kitchen, I asked Jennie, “Which came first, the house or the furniture?” She said that she had many of the furniture pieces before the home, but once she moved in she found that the house also dictated some of her new purchases. For example, she said when she first moved in she had a 50’s chrome dinette set but once she got it in the house she felt it didn’t fit the space. She said that once she got the opportunity to buy this Heywood-Wakefield dining room set she knew she had the perfect piece for the room.

dining room looking toward kitchen

Jennie is considering changing the wallpaper in the kitchen. She said that although the current wallpaper is probably original, there are many retro options that she likes from Bradbury and Bradbury.

kitchen left

The kitchen has its original Frigidaire fold down cook top. Jennie said this was one room where the modern world had to enter into her otherwise time capsule home.


Using the cook top as her inspiration she chose an all chrome dishwasher, refrigerator, and stove. I personally think this works and the new appliances do not jump out as being out of place in this space. I love the room divider with the plastic plants and the pole lamp which separates the kitchen and the laundry room.

kitchen room divider

Between the dining room and the kitchen is a full wet bar, complete with Russell Wright barware. The perfect place to shake up a few martinis before you watch the next episode of Mad Men.


The formal living room is furnished with a rattan couch and matching chair, it also features the most wicked awesome zig zag lamp I’ve ever seen.

living room zig zag lamp

I also like the original national parks travel posters which hang over the couch. The poured resin coffee table has been with Jennie for many years.

living room surfboard coffee table

This room also features a modern flat screen TV which hangs over a Heywood-Wakefield console.

living room tv console

As a side note, Jennie has one of the best collections of vintage lamps and fiberglass shades I have ever seen.

living room side table

The main bathroom is almost too cool for words; there is nothing in this room that isn’t just awesome.


One thing that I noticed was that Jennie had a very nice touch of adding retro barkcloth-like curtains in each room. She said most of the fabric was purchased through J and O fabrics.

guest bedroom barkcloth curtains

The bathroom also features this unusual corner bathtub; I had to take a picture of it.


The guest bedroom was another great room; I really like the old beach party movie poster and the portable record player. It is touches like these that really keep you in period.

guest bedroom

guest bedroom record player

The master bedroom is a vision in Pink, as you enter the room there is an expansive built in vanity the room has original pink shag carpet and a beautiful Heywood-Wakefield bedroom set.

master bedroom

Thanks to Jennie for making her home available to all us lovers of Mid-Century Modern, and to Modern Tulsa for putting on such a great tour!

And thanks to you, Ron, for speaking with Jennie, taking all those fab pictures and sharing it with us poor souls who couldn’t make it to the tour. We are forever in your debt!

Want to see more images of The Citation? Check out the gallery below for ALL the pictures Ron took!

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7 Responses to Oodles of Pictures of “The Citation” Home Taken By Reader Ron During Modern Tulsa’s Open House!

  1. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    June 11, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Absolutely mind blowing! Jennie had an amazing home to work with but kudos to her for really knowing how to accentuate it even more. Thanks for the awesome tour, Ron!

  2. OrWaDesigns Reply

    June 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Wow! Super amazing home! Such inspiration for my little 2 bedroom 1950 war bungalow.

  3. Natalie @ Chadwell Chronciles Reply

    June 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Amazing! This house actually belongs to a blogger! She hasn’t blogged in over a year but she has some great past posts. She also talks about and shows the progession of her home. I actually modeled my kitchen cabinets after hers. =)


  4. Laura Reply

    June 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    The dividing screen between the toilet and sink area is AWESOME. I haven’t seen anything like that anywhere, and it is really attractive! Wow! I also like the black cabinetry with the aqua tile. I think we always think white cabinetry in these era bathrooms, but it really looks sharp!

  5. Sara In AZ Reply

    June 12, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Wow!!! Amaze-balls!!! Mad props to you Ron for all of the great pics and the interview! 🙂 This house is just stunning!!!!

  6. Jen Reply

    June 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Wow. That looks like something close to heavenly to me. 🙂 How kind of Jenni to open her hope to everyone…and thanks to Ron for the great photos and stories! It’s a beautiful home—she has done a really great job with it!

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