The midcentury modern style in homes seems to be as popular now as it was when this stunning form of architecture first came to light. “Midcentury modern” refers to the simplistic and calming style found within the homes built between the end of World War II (1945) and the mid-1970s. In addition to Americans wanting more of an open-concept in their homes, they loved the idea of single-level living on larger plots of lands and the feel of space. For those who were fortunate enough to grow up in one of these homes and are now reaching adulthood, the nostalgia of a simpler way of life has helped raise the demand.
This month, we are welcoming you into two of the three midcentury modern homes we’ve been fortunate to find. Next month, you will be able to tour our final home in this series, another Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home in Erhard, Minn. We know you are going to love them all!
Midcentury modern homes generally embrace the following:
Dan Francis quote:
If you are familiar with my storytelling images that have a Norman Rockwell feeling to them, then you can see how this “Yard Party” creation came to be.
I drove by a home that I believed was unique, then I slowly created a story around the space. During the creation phase I was imagining a party in the front yard with friends. The home was created in the mid-century so I created the story around it. I imagined people dressing up and hanging out in a front yard playing games, listening to records and a girl chasing her brother because he stole her balloon.
I asked the Midwest Nest crew to be my models for this creation; everyone shown has helped create Midwest Nest be the best local magazine as we celebrate our third year.
Everything was set, until a 50’s car couldn’t make it due to a taillight out. I had a 1st International pickup as a backup, but unknown to me, a little bit of serendipity happened while I was setting up early for the shoot. Just across the street a ’55 Chevy drove by and parked into a driveway directly across from the house subject. After walking over and introducing my idea, the homeowner had no problem washing the car and bringing it across the street for the final piece of the art.
While it might be a busy image, that’s how it works for a monthly magazine…busy, fun, talented with a little bit of luck.
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