I'm so excited to finally share #1 of 2 homes that I photographed during a Home Show that took place a few weeks ago in the fantastic neighborhood of Northcrest, right here in Atlanta! It is a little known gem (although becoming more and more well-known!) full of original Mid-Century Modern homes. You might recall me talking about when I actually stumbled onto this neighborhood via Craigslist (of all places!). Apparently a neighborhood full of MCM homes was having a garage sale one weekend and I was like "What?!" And even crazier than that: it's like a mile from my home.
Needless to say I was a wee bit excited. That was also the time when buying a new home was very newly on our radar and I saw a home for sale in that neighborhood that was pretty much my dream home. But after some research, we realized it wasn't the best school zone for Elementary schools (although they are zoned for good Middle and High Schools). If our kids were grown and out of the nest, we'd live in this neighborhood in a heartbeat.
Ironically, while visiting with my new friend Jordan (who read my blog post about the neighborhood last year and contacted me) during the Home Show, she introduced me to the couple that owns the house that was for sale! I was so happy to hear that they decided to take it off the market and are staying put. It's such a beautiful home, so I can understand why they'd want to stay!
There were only two homes on the tour, but I managed to photograph both and interview the owners. This tour is the home of Steve Gorman. Here's what he shared about his home:
Here's an exterior view of the home. Cooper went with me and loved it to my surprise. He said he wanted to go on Home Tours "once a month".
How long have you lived in your home? Two years. I “discovered” Northcrest 8 months before that when I began to look for a house to purchase.
Where are you originally from? I was raised in Caracas, Venezuela. That is where I got a strong exposure to Modernism without being aware of it. Venezuela and Brazil were the two South American countries that embraced Modernism (especially in their architecture) in a big way during the 50’s and 60’s.
Have you always been inspired by Mid-Century Modern design or did owning this particular house inspire you to collect these MCM pieces? Looking back, I see I had subconsciously always been buying furniture and accessories with a Mid-Century flavor. After a change in marital status created a need to set up a new household, I began gravitating to vintage pieces. I’ve been collecting for about 5 years now.
Lighting in Kitchen
Kitchen, left - Living Room, right
Details in the Kitchen and Dining Room
Can you share some of the designer names that go with your furniture pieces? You know, I try not to get too caught up in designer names. While I’m aware of them, to me that is very secondary to how I like the item. But as my taste evolved, I’ve gravitated to Danish Modern teak pieces.
What is your professional background? I’m in IT – A senior systems engineer. I sort of gravitated to the field after getting exposed to it in a major way for the first time while working for the Atlanta Olympics. Up until then I had thought IT was pretty cut and dry but was pleasantly surprised that it has a very creative element to it. And I discovered I had a knack for it so I dove in.
Details in Living Room
What original elements have you preserved of the home? Well, when I purchased the home, it had been completely redone by the seller. He inherited the house after his mother passed away. He was a builder by trade and took a year to work on it in his spare time. So it is completely updated. While the workmanship is excellent, he did not redo the bathrooms and kitchen in mid-century style. The exterior is completely original.
Where do you find your MCM pieces? Craigslist? Estate Sales? Ebay? All of the above. On average, I probably spend an hour a day looking. It’s incorporated into to my lifestyle at this point. I’ve even made a few eBay purchases from sellers in Europe. It’s a great source for Atomic looks that never made it to the US. Shipping is reasonable if the item is small and not heavy.
Details of Various Bedrooms & one last shot of the Dining room (above left)
What is your favorite vintage piece? My most recent purchase. For the first few weeks I take it in continually until my next purchase. At this point, anywhere my eyes fall in a room, I get a great sense of satisfaction and enjoyment from whatever piece I’m looking at.
Are there any pieces that you are on the lookout to own? Yes, collecting is a work in progress and as taste evolves, there is always a desire to upgrade.
Basement Room Details
Are there any modern brands that you like that family well with your vintage pieces? West Elm, Container Store and CB2 occasionally have interesting pieces. A couple of years ago CB2 had a bird feeder that looked like a flying saucer. I got one of them but now I wish I had bought a few more. But I pretty much stick to vintage.
Thank-you Steve for sharing your gorgeous home with us!
I'll have the second Home Tour coming later this week.
Want to see another lovely Home Tour? Check out this one from a cute couple in England.
It's Vintage Kitsch Heaven.