House Tour: Karl's Mid Century Minneapolis Retreat

House Tour: Karl's Mid Century Minneapolis Retreat

Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 7, 2008

Name: Karl Madcharo
Location: Golden Valley, MN (Suburb of Minneapolis)
Type: Rambler built in 1948
Years lived in: 4


Karl Madcharo makes his home 4 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Having lived previously in Atlanta for 11 years and South Carolina before that, he has settled nicely into this Western suburb of a thriving Midwest city. Karl's mid-century house comes with a few suburban perks, such as, no neighbors across the street (only woods and trees) and a two car garage to keep his beautiful 1964 Pontiac Catalina in.

Karl has done all the renovations to his house himself and has even taken some matters into his own hands when it comes to having great style without breaking the bank. He decided that after searching local stores and looking online, that he would take matters into his own hands and make his own front door. Being an Art Director for a local Ad Agency, he uses a keen eye to keep his home on point stylistically and to come in on budget with his renovations.

AT Survey:

My Style: Born Too Late

Inspiration: Whatever I come across. Eichler houses, Atomic Ranch magazine, a lot of books and years of being around some great, creative people.

Favorite Element(s): I have a lot of elements I like about the house. The location and park like setting (sounds like a real estate ad). My hammock. The red arrow in the den/living room. The 1948 roper stove i bought off Craigslist. The original Bubble light i came across at Succotash (MCM store in St. Paul.) The front door I made because I couldn't buy anything new that I liked ( or was in my price range). One story living!

Biggest Challenge: I think it will be the kitchen when I get to it.

What Friends Say: "It suits you." "Your house is too clean." "Your house is art directed too?" "That chair doesn't look comfortable." "I think he may be gay." "You where born too late." "Where's my gin and tonic?"

Biggest Embarrassment: Kitchen floor and basement.

Proudest DIY: Front Door

Biggest Indulgence: The bed from Modernica and Millers Westbourne Strength Gin

Best Advice: Don't do drugs or McMansions.

Favorite Sources: Succotash and Swank. Retro/vintage stores in St. Paul. Ebay. Craigslist and Various Thrift stores around the Twin Cities.


Art and Furniture Resources:

Den/Living room:
Brown couch is from ebay.
Danish nesting side table and Nocuchi lamp are from a moving sale.
Danish Nesting side table and coffee table are from Succotash in St. Paul.

Lamp on table is from Retro at Pete in St. Paul.
Black Overman chair is from Ebay.
Eames chair is from my office (they were throwing it away because the base was broken) so I just bought the rocker base from Modernica.
Circle rug from Home Depot (yes, Home Ddepot)
Mosaic table is from Succotash in St. Paul.
Larsen Chair is from Theater Antiques (now out of business, which sucks)
Pole light with 3 fixtures is from Ebay
Shag (titled: Congo Girls At Rest) print is from Shag and the OX OP Gallery (now closed , which really sucks)

Clybourn media credenza is from Crate and Barrel.
Red Flashing arrow is from Wesley Treat (Author of the Weird Arizona book).
Prints above Fireplace are from a gallery in Carmel, CA.
Sputnik light from Swank in St. Paul in St. Paul.
Curtains from Ikea.

Master Bedroom:
Case Study Fastback bed is from Modernica.
Painting of the side mirror on my 1964 Pontiac Catalina by my dad.

Herman Miller side table is from Room and Board Outlet.
Dresser (not shown) is from Room and Board Outlet.
Eames chair is from my office.
Lamps are from Remnants in Minneapolis.
WWII poster is from some gallery I visited in LA.
Curtains from Ikea.

Guest Bedroom:
Bed from Ebay
Nightstand from a thrift store (Newsflash: As I'm writing this I'm going to go buy a Broyhill "Brasilia" nightstand/endtable from Craigslist this afternoon.)
It will match my....
Broyhill "Brasilia" Dresser/chest of drawers i bought from Swank in St. Paul.
Panasonic clocks I bought 1 locally and the other 2 on Ebay.
Square EXIT sign is from my Parent's bar in one of our houses in Columbia, SC.
The Round EXIT sign and Clock are from Succotash in St. Paul.
WWII poster is from some gallery I visited in S.F.

Kitchen and dining/sitting room:
1948 Roper gas stove I bought off of Craigslist.
New vintage looking phone from Restoration Hardware.
Bread box from Succotash in St. Paul.
Brown Circle rug from Target.
Herman Miller dining table from Succotash in St. Paul.
White chairs from Room and Board Outlet.

Original Eames bubble light from Succotash in St. Paul.
Bicycle Northeast poster by Turman (bought during Artcrank showing at One on One bicycle shop).
Blue Heaven dishware from Craigslist.
Painting of the dash in my 1964 Pontiac Catalina, again done by my dad,
Danish Loveseat with barkcloth fabric is from Timelines Antiques in St. Paul.
Paul McCobb stools from Ebay
White shag rug is from Target.
Small black side table is from Ebay.
Unpainted table is from Target.
Hanging light and curtains are from Ikea.


(Thanks Karl!)

Photos by Karl Madcharo

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