3/31/2015

Marine View Drive




Today finds us in Des Moines on Marine View Drive.  


However, those waves you see aren't Iowa's waves of grain, but rather the waves of Washington's Puget Sound.  April Fools!  This house in Des Moines, Washington was built in 1955. 

Come on in the front door to the right, and you get a hint at the mid century modern architecture:


{HartmanBaldwin Design/Build}

Focusing on the kitchen side of things, I think changing the appliances and handles, as well as surrounding the refrigerator would streamline and update the room.

Here is a view of how the kitchen fits in the overall space.  This photo is from the living room on the second floor.


{Better Homes and Gardens}

What's a mid century modern dining space without a Saarinen table? (Literally a Tulip table, in this case.)

Here's a quick mock-up of the two spaces combined, just to convince you:


Moving upstairs, we can appreciate more of the streamlined architecture:



{Disc Interiors}

This furniture layout suits the room and the color palette suits our Pacific Northwest location.

The existing color palette in this bathroom, however, I would call unsuitable:


{McElroy Architecture}
(I changed the original green-hued tile to Benjamin Moore's Lavender Wash.)

The existing vanity base could stay, but wouldn't it be fun to play up that long, lean line with a trough sink? 

The master bedroom doesn't need much decoration that might compete with the architecture:


{source unknown}
(I spiced up the original colors with some Benjamin Moore Mexican Hot Chocolate & Nile Blue, to better go with our scheme.)

I might not choose such a spiderific light fixture, but I would choose the streamlined furniture.

As for the complimentary bedroom with existing bedframe and desk unit (on the unpictured wall)...



...it could become a charming office/multipurpose room that's baby approved.

But wait, there's more.  This listing isn't just for one home, but for two!  There's an 850 square foot home on the same lot.  It looks enough like a dollhouse that I had to include it.


{Unique Home Stays}
(via Tiny House Swoon, which had me at its blog name.)

All you can do in that space is play up the cute and let your guests enjoy their stay. 

By the way, there's also a Des Moines, NM, for you geography buffs out there.  Its views aren't of grain or of water, but an inactive volcano.   They don't have any current real estate listings, though, because you know I checked.   Maybe next time.














4 comments :

  1. This house has so many cool architectural features! That kitchen is gorgeous!!

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    1. Hi Kristy- I thought it was time to mix it up with some mid mod and a wood-toned kitchen for a change. Have a good week!

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  2. Vicki,
    I don't especially care for midcentury modern, but you've wow'd me with the examples you've shown us. Besides, with the views this house seems to enjoy, I could pretty much make the architecture work for me. I'll have to check out small house swoon, since I'm partial to cottage sized homes.
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. Hi Karen- I think you'll like that site. I know you'd find a way to make mid century modern cozy and homey, especially the guesthouse.

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