Social networking has connected us with lots of people — friends from elementary school, college and beyond — but we never thought it would connect us with a great home. Jason and J.R. came to us through Facebook (Home Design on Facebook), and after AT readers requested more photos of their mid-century modern space, they were happy to comply...
My/Our style: Jason is more Dwell and J.R. is more Cottage Living. Combine the two and get a rural modern eclectic mash-up.
Inspiration: We love mixing high and low and mashing up different periods and styles. And J.R. complains if it gets too modern and uncomfortable. For instance, I think Wassily chairs are beautiful and J.R. thinks they're torture devices. We're both right.
Favorite Element: The screened in porch (we live out there until it snows), the vaulted ceiling in the living room, and that endless supply of fresh country air.
Biggest Challenge: Keeping bears out of the bird feeder, not strangling our neighbor's rooster who crows 24 hours a day (no exaggeration).
What Friends Say: "I love your house, but when is that damn rooster going to stop crowing?"
Biggest Embarrassment: We moved into this house as is. It was tastefully renovated and the perfect blank canvas for our stuff. No blood, sweat, or tears at all. Don't tell anyone.
Proudest DIY: None. We're not DIY kind of guys. Does installing shelves count?
Biggest Indulgence: We splurged on a beautiful couch and chair from Room and Board, Bertoia stools (J.R. got them cheap from his boss), a nice big hi def tv, and a kick ass modern wood burning stove.
Best Advice: Don't be afraid to mix periods, styles, patterns, and colors. I used to be a hardcore mid century modernist, but I'm much happier now that I'm mixing things up.
Dream Source: Aero Studios/Thomas O'Brien (the expensive stuff, not the Target line, although I like that, too.)
Resources: magazines, design blogs, flea markets, junk shops, ThreePotatoFourShop
Appliances: Nothing special
Hardware: Nothing special
Furniture: (See notes in slideshow)
Accessories: Lots of non-pedigreed flea market finds, Ikea, some Jonathan Adler pillows and vases, and Alexander Girard folk art figures,
Lighting: (See notes in slideshow)
Rugs and Carpets: The red striped area rug in the living room is from the Crate and Barrel outlet.
Tile and Stone: Nothing special
Window Treatments: Thomas O'Brien for Target curtains and Ikea solar shades
Beds: West Elm beds with Dwell sheets
Artwork: Steve Keane, Aesthetic Apparatus, Alvin Lustig, Charley Harper, vintage Smiths posters, tacky souvenir plates, target practice posters
Paint: Nothing special
Flooring: Nothing special
Thanks, Jason and J.R.!