Name: Liz Eckstein & Chad Molter
Location: Old North Boulder, Boulder, Colorado
Size: 2,134 square feet
Years lived in: 3.5 years
When Liz and Chad moved to Boulder from D.C almost five years ago, they decided to rent for a while so they could take their time and really figure out where they wanted to live. Then they teamed up with a great broker that specializes in mid-century real estate and after looking at close to fifty homes, found the perfect one.
Liz, a crafter, caterer and finance guru, was drawn to the home because of the spacious floor plan and abundance of natural light. An avid estate sale shopper, she's accumulated years' worth of mid-century furniture and artwork that fits seamlessly into the home.
The house is a great shared space for Liz's creative ventures, Chad's music, and lots of wildlife. The couple receives regular backyard visits from deer and other critters that come down from the mountains.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Mid-Century Messy or Mid-Century Crafty
Inspiration: The 1940s through 1970s. We like different elements from all of these decades: art deco, industrial design, space age, and all groovy things! Also, I love the color combination of orange and green. They're so vibrant when you put them together.
Favorite Element: The vaulted ceilings and open living room and dining room area.
Biggest Challenge: Convincing Chad to let me buy things.
What Friends Say: That our house expresses our creativity and sense of fun.
Proudest DIY: Reupholstering our 1960s couch.
Biggest Embarrassment: After recovering the 1960s couch, we realized the fabric choice was not ideal. It's fading in the face of the Colorado sun! It's also a wee bit lumpy.
Biggest Indulgence: Vintage fabrics (mainly barkcloth and feedsack) and buttons (carved, plastic). I can't stop buying them, especially buttons. But really, they're so small and easy to store. Chad's is records.
Best Advice: Scour vintage stores, consignment shops and thrift stores! There are so many treasures out there, not to mention that's it's eco-friendly to buy secondhand.
Dream Sources: Every flea market and thrift store that we haven't visited yet!
Resources of Note:
• Vintage 1970s dresser from Mod Livin'
• artwork by friends or bought from various estate sales, thrift stores, Etsy
• vintage 1960s couch from Mod Livin'
• Pillows made by me
• vintage coffee table (George Nelson bench knockoff), Washington, DC estate sale
• rug, West Elm
• vintage TV cabinet, Boulder estate sale
• vintage Paul McCobb china cabinet, Millennium Decorative Arts
• Globe lights, vintage and new
• Various pottery, mid-century pieces from various sources including Miss Pixie's, Brass Armadillos around the west, Mina's
• Danish modern table with leaves, Mod Livin'
• green vinyl chairs, Denver resale shop
• orange swivel chairs, Boulder consignment shop
• art from various thrift stores and estate sales
• artwork by my niece (age 7)
• Cathrineholm dishware
• my pottery collection, mostly made by myself at Hinckley Pottery but I have many pieces bought from there as well.
• vintage barkcloth as pantry curtain
• remodeling by ReNew Construction
• Marimekko shower curtain
• ceramic pitcher from antiques mall
• vintage 1970s sewing table from Mod Livin'
• bench from estate sale, recovered with vintage barkcloth
• metal file cabinet, FactoryMade
Thanks, Liz & Chad!
(Images: Ashley Poskin)
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