For your perusal, some mid century modern home decorating and design from the June 1945 issue of Ladies Home Journal. The image below is from an ad for Armstrong linoleum floors. It is a redesign of a sun porch turned music room. Notice how they had the linoleum cut to form a pattern reminiscent of a musical note.
I pretty much love everything about this room, from the black ceilings, to the bamboo trim, wrap around sofas , leopard pillows and ottoman . The ad says the room is “modern, suave and restful” which is a perfect description. But what about those strange ear lamps? Not sure I’m crazy about body parts used as decorative accents.
A scale model of a home design by architectural visionary Frank Lloyd Wright. He named the design Opus 497, which supposedly indicated the amount of works he had produced up until that time.
From the Ladies Home Journal article. “The world’s most distinguished architect designs a crystal house, for town or country, which can have far reaching effects on future living for all of us.”
“The glass , metal, concrete and brick which its famous architect has indicated for its construction are not only available anywhere, at any normal time and basically inexpensive, but as Wright remarks “they make the house fireproof, verminproof, and pretty near foolproof.” However, it is Wright’s manipulation of these four simple accessible materials which gives his house the special kind of livability that carries it way beyond everyday comfort and convenience.”
Here is a view of the outside of the house with a picture of its layout above.
And here are pictures of the interior living/dining areas. As you can see, Mr. Wright was a fan of bringing the outside indoors by extensive use of glass to provide sweeping views, and also by the installation of indoor gardens.
There is an actual Opus 497 house that he built that was owned by Lowell and Agnes Walter. It was donated and is now managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. You can read more about this amazing house in this article.
Next up- Food and recipes from 1945. Hint-it ain’t pretty!