California Trip- The Getty


The Getty Center in Los Angeles is a place where life is just a little more beautiful; there is a stillness all over the grounds, the sun shines a little brighter, and architecture speaks for itself.

Photos: Gretchen Lilly

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California Trip- Venice Canals

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Back in April- which was a small lifetime ago- we drove to southern California for vacation. We spent the first two nights in Venice, within walking distance of the canals. Oh, how I enjoyed those canals.

As a PNW native, sunlight makes me giddy.


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Hydrangea Walk

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This breathtaking home in Chatham, MA, known as Hydrangea Walk, has me daydreaming about a life of luxury on the East Coast. Check out the amazing before and after photos here.

Photos: Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders


FLW in the PNW


Frank Lloyd Wright is quite possibly one of the most famous architects of all time. He’s best known for building homes in the Midwest and on the East Coast (and his winter home in Arizona, blogged about back in February 2010), and I assumed that is where all of his buildings are. I was shocked to learn that there are two Wright homes in the Seattle area- AND they are both currently for sale!

The Tracy House on Puget Sound:

And as much as I love the water, this cozy little place in the woods is my favorite of the two:

Notice the furniture that was designed to go with the homes- I especially love the long benches.

So if you have over a million dollars budgeted out for your next home, you can own a Frank Lloyd Wright.

Listings found at which is a great place to geek out on mid-century and modern houses on the market.


Glass House

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We all know I could make some reference to people hurling rock-like objects, but let’s just focus on this beautiful house in Paris, shall we?

The “House of Glass” or “La Maison de Verre”. Photo: Francois Halard

This article from the New York Times lays out the story better than I can. There is also a great article in the September/October 2011 issue of Australian magazine Inside Out.

Also, the man that owns the house bought one of the three Maisons Tropicale and then donated it. I can’t find a picture that confirms which one he bought, but they all look something like this:

Found at Mondo Blogo. Original source unknown.


Eichler Homes


Add this to the list of reasons to move to California: Eichler homes. Joseph Eichler was a real estate developer who built modern, affordable homes in sub-divisions in northern and southern California from 1950 to his death in 1974. In addition to placing a value on the aesthetics of a reasonably priced home, Mr. Eichler did not discriminate and would sell his homes to anyone (which was not standard practice at the time). Mr. Eichler hired respected architects to develop the plans, which can explain why these homes have aged so well.


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