Name: Daniel, Erika, and Ezra Beahm
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Size: 1,366 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years; Own
Surrounded by a sea of McMansions, in a suburb Northwest of Denver, is the Dot House (named for its original owner). With views stretching from south of Golden up to Estes Park, the Beahms' home is a completely original mid century treasure.
The couple fell in love with the home on their first walk through and immediately made an offer. Since it was in original condition, the home hadn't gotten a lot of traffic, and the house was theirs! The listing realtor was so impressed with the couple's fondness for 1950's style that she called Erika to see if she wanted a closet full of 50s dresses and hats to put in her 50s home. She enthusiastically said "yes" and is now set for the red carpet.
Design challenges have changed a bit in the past year for the family, as 1 year old Ezra becomes more and more interested in mid century design! Thankfully, the home has many built -ins and storage spaces, allowing the more fragile pieces to be taken out of rotation for a while. Additionally, a detached recording studio is in the process of being built out back, complete with a butterfly roof and car port.
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Our Style: Erika likes 1940's and 50's, Daniel likes 1950's and 60's, so we live in an amalgamation of these eras — Danish Modern meets Panton Kubrick meets Kitschy Knick-knacks meets "Perfect Housewife".
Favorite Element: Daniel: I would have to say the Clairtone G2 is the coolest piece in the house, even though it has been a sore spot for our relationship in the past (though more jokingly now that nearly a decade has passed since the floating console stereo was procured). I won an eBay action for $250 and drove from Columbus, OH, to Chicago in a crazy blizzard to pick it up. I nearly died. Erika was pretty angry about the whole thing. And for now, the stereo is in storage, as it's the perfect height for toddler-destruction.
Erika: My favorite part of the house is definitely my "nook" in the kitchen. I love the view. I love my cherry table cloth over the Saarinen table. I love the light. This is my refuge. This is where I write. I also love the Marimekko style curtains in Ez's room and the vintage children's screen prints. And then there's the light in the living room at the golden hour… stunning.
Biggest Challenge: The landscaping. Living pretty with a one-year-old.
What Friends Say: Cocktails at Dot House at sunset!
Biggest Embarrassment: It's been five years and we haven't touched the master bedroom except to purchase a vintage floating Danish platform bed (Lee Alex Décor - Denver) and hang some vintage copper hanging lights (Mod Mood - Denver) as nightstand/reading lights. We actually had blankets over the windows for years. I guess we've at least hung the hardware for our panel curtains now (made from pocket door hardware), but the material hanging from the runners is still pretty hodge-podge (though at least vintage — scraps left over from one of our movie sets).
Also, Daniel is dying to get at the steel "shanty town" roof over the patio. Hopefully in the near future it will be replaced by solar panels.
Proudest DIY: The cedar patio fence. The cork floors.
Biggest Indulgence: The high chair was ridiculously expensive (luckily a bunch of our friends banded together for the baby shower), but it looks SO good with the Saarinen Tulip chairs in the kitchen! Everything else except the Nelson Bubble Light is a vintage score!
Best Advice: Craigslist. Craigslist. Craigslist. Also, visit our friends Heather and Theo at Lee Alex Décor on Broadway in Denver.
Dream Sources: We wish we could just buy whatever we wanted from 1stDibs.com or walk into a Knoll showroom and point! Even better yet, I'd love to have the kind of connections in Hollywood to snag vintage "left overs" from sets and sound stages there.
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PAINT & COLORS
Unfortunately the house had been "real estate whitewashed" when we moved in. We later found out that the mahogany panels and roof beams in the living room had been a nice translucent forest green stain the color of the exterior trim. Though we'd love to have things the original color, the white was actually a nice place to start from "ground zero." We've also left quite a few things white as the sunsets and sunrises do amazing things with color in the living room , entrance, and hallway.
We found our "Dot Blue" (the 50's aqua that runs throughout the interior and exterior) by matching a Hollywood style Heywood Wakefield swivel chair we had previously reupholstered in a nubby 50's aqua.
The grey/brown was selected for its warmth and neutrality while existing somewhere on the spectrum between dark brown and charcoal (it can exist nicely as either).
- • The grey/brown is Behr Premium Plus: Trail Print
• The "Dot Blue" is Valspar: Crystal Aqua
• The white is a giant 5 gallon bucket of Kwal-Paint that came with the house: "2810 White." It's a pretty good "warm white" without getting too yellow/orange.
• Downstairs in the "Peacock suite" we used a Ralph Lauren metallic "Regent Blue" that they've unfortunately stopped making.
- • Vintage hanging light (original to house)
• Burwood Peacock (Craigslist)
• Cork floors - "Cassatt" from Lisbon Cork co. ltd. (Lumber Liquidators) - check out Daniel's blog post on the subject here
• Cobalt Blenko Glass Collection (Blenko Glass)
• Gainey & California Pottery pots and planters (Craigslist)
- • Vintage sectional sofa (Decade - Denver)
• Saarinen coffee table (Craigslist)
• Curtis Jere chrome hanging light (Paca - Champaign, IL)
• LeCorbusier Lounge (eBay)
• Teak Moebler Bar with vintage Eric Buck stools (Craigslist)
• Blenko Glass collection (Blenko Glass)
• Pyrex Coffee decanter collection (thrift stores)
• 1950's Knick knacks (thrift stores)
• Gruendig Console Cabinet converted to utility bar (Furniture Lounge, Champaign, IL)
• Vintage Sunset landscaping/patio books (thrift stores)
• Vintage Hollywood tripod side tables (inherited from our friend Mo's parents)
• Original Cherner/Plycraft arm chair (thrift store in northern Michigan)
• Mystery "Panton" style rocker (gift from our friend Dan in Champaign, IL) -somebody please tell us who manufactured this chair!!!
• Unused Royal Haeger ashtray and lighter set (gift from Markas and Kevin)
• Vintage birdcage and stand (Furniture Lounge and Lee Alex Décor)
- • Herman Miller conference table (Furniture Lounge)
• Herman Miller leatherette covered shell chairs (Furniture Lounge)
• George Nelson bubble lamp, large saucer (Modernica)
- • Saarinen 42" round table (eBay)
• Saarinen Tulip side chairs (eBay - knock-offs and we regret it! Read the blog post here: http://realmod.blogspot.com/2008/04/we-commited-carnal-sin-purchase-of.html)
• Cherry oil cloth table cover (Traverse City, MI, boutique)
• Vintage General Electric P7 stove
• Vintage Osterizer blenders (thrift stores)
• Original boomerang counters
• Cork flooring (Lumber Liquidators)
• 27 Fondue pots! (thrift stores and family)
- • Millenium Falcon, 1977 Kenner Toys (Salvation Army)
• Mis-matched Marimekko style curtains (hardware: Ikea, fabric: Jo-Ann Fabrics)
• 1950's desk (Furniture Lounge)
• 40's TV cabinet converted to dresser (built by Daniel's great grandfather)
• 1950's Danish hutch as bookshelf and toy chest (family heirloom)
• Vintage 60's-70's children's screen printed wall hangings (Furniture Lounge and Salvation Army)
• 1950's toys (family, garage sales, thrift stores)
Thanks, Beahm family!
(Images: Ashley Poskin)
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