June 11, 2012Oodles 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.
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.
Turning the corner from the entry, here is Jennie, the homeowner, dressed in green 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This room also features a modern flat screen TV which hangs over a Heywood-Wakefield console.
As a side note, Jennie has one of the best collections of vintage lamps and fiberglass shades I have ever seen.
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.
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.
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.
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!