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Modernous at Palm Springs Modernism

Posted on by Sally Julien

Starting Friday, Modernous is at Modernism Week in Palm Springs.  We are looking forward to the MANY events over the next 10 days.

And you can look forward to some posts and photos from our events, including some continuing education, a tour of the iconic Frey house and much more.

Two houses that Modernous designed will be on tour. The first house is part of the Green Fairway Estates tour, 5 houses in a little known neighborhood on the Tahquitz Canyon Golf Course seen for the first time at Modernism!  This tour happens February 18. Then Atomic Ranch will feature Pieterhaus as part of its remodeling panel and subsequent tour on February 19-20.

We will also be taking advantage of the famous and fabulous Modernism Show and Sale during the opening weekend of Modernism. The temptations there are irresistable…

We hope to find time to have some martinis and great meals with fellow modernists also.

Stay tuned at Modernous.com and check out @modernous on Instagram for the latest!

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Staging makes the difference!

Posted on by Sally Julien

Modernous was brought in to stage this older home in Cedar Park in Seattle.  We always take a lot of photos to help jog our memories while designing a project.  In this case, we thought it would be fun to show everyone the vast difference we can make with staging by showing the before and afters!

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The Elusive Fireplace!

Posted on by Sally Julien
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Our “Groovy Palm Springs Rental” was finished months ago, with one exception. We wanted to replace the original fireplace that had been removed in the late 80s.  We called every junk yard and salvage shop on the West Coast and had no luck. So we gave up.

Just kidding! We had one fabricated in Mexico with the help of a neighbor who had done it previously.  The fireplace was finished and installed over the summer and we could not be happier with how it turned out!!!

 

 

Aqua Lair hosts 425’s Fall Fashion Shoot

Posted on by Sally Julien

In July, the Aqua Lair provided a unique background for the Fall Fashion issue of 425 Magazine.  It was super fun to spend the day watching all that goes into a shoot “behind the scenes,” and the results are awesome.  Take a look here or online!

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425 Magazine + Modernous = <3

Posted on by Sally Julien

The September/October 2016 issue of 425 Magazine is chock full of love for Modernous!  Next week I will post the fashion spread that was shot in a Modernous-designed home, but today I’m sharing the article that was published on our unique approach to design.

Enjoy!

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Campanella’s Renton Home

Posted on by Sally Julien

We don’t usually work in Renton, but this awesome mid-century, architect-designed house made us change our mind quickly!  Felice (Felix) Campanella designed this as his own home in 1959 with forward-looking style, characterized by flat planes, large glass windows, and open spaces. Mr. Campanella designed numerous buildings in our region, including the Renton Library, which spans the 80′ Cedar River, a 1962 World’s Fair building, and numerous MCM churches and schools.

It definitely needs some interior modernization and love, but the bones are still original and still amazing.  We had a LOT of fun with this!

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Wexler in Palm Springs is reborn

Posted on by Sally Julien
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Here are the professional shots (always amazing how much better they are!) of the Wexler that we’ve spiffed up top-to-bottom.  The crowning jewel will be the fireplace once we get it  back from the fabricator.  We have just a few more weeks before that will be installed, but everything else is DONE!  We are really proud of the way it turned out.

Magnolia View Property

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This gorgeous mid-century home has been lovingly updated without losing any of its mid-century charm.  Original built-ins and panels, and it’s variety of outdoor spaces make this a very desirable home. Modernous brought its touch throughout the property to highlight this period home without competing with the main event: the view!

The Wexler Slowly Comes Back to Life

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Can't wait to restore these windows to their original "line"

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At last an update on the Wexler Modernous is working on in Palm Springs. As we’ve said, the house had several extensive remodels in the late 80s and early 90s, and we are bringing back original elements in the existing original spaces, without removing square footage.

Since the house was purchased furnished, we held an estate sale in February to get rid of most of the furnishings.  We scoured the house for things we could reuse and moved them all to the garage before the sale. Once the house was empty, it was demo time!

One of the easiest elements to update in this house was the outdoor.  The basic bones of the landscaping and hardscaping was good. Some nice palm trees and gravel were already in place.  The hardscaping was left as is (aside from a massive boulder that had to be pulled away from the front wall before it ended up in the living room!) and landscaping was updated with new desert-scaping, a contrasting desert fine gravel. The vintage Loch Ness head that was tucked away in the side yard was given more of a place of honor.

There was some great outdoor furniture, including a Brown Jordan bamboo table and chairs.  We had all of the furniture updated, re-strapped, reupholstered, and spruced up.  The pool had to be replastered, so we replaced the tile. The coping had to stay as-is for budget reasons.

We cut down the hedge between the house and golf course, which needs some time to regenerate.  The view to the golf course is really a nice feature and will look better once the now-low hedge fills in.

The kitchen is nearing completion, just waiting for a backsplash, and flooring (a solid vinyl tile) will be completed this week. We chose a flagstone for the raised entry to differentiate the level, and matched it closely to the stone that is already on the house.

Tile in all of the bathrooms was finished up, and cabinetry and countertops are in!

The next couple of weeks will be a push to finish up electrical and plumbing, and finally fix the clerestory window issue. Then…paint outside!

Modern A-Frame

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One of the great perks of my job is getting to tour houses.  You see some amazing architecture while out giving bids; and this A-frame in Issaquah–tucked away on an acre of land–is one of my favorites this year, so far.  Such an imaginative reinterpretation of an A-frame, and so well executed.

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