Just Here March 28, 2018 Share March 28, 2018 On 1/30/2018 at 10:36 PM, chessiegal said: OMG! Restored by the Fords completely destroyed/ruined a wonderful mid-century modern that an architect designed for himself. That whitewashed rope chandelier was trash! Are you referring to the Don Owens house, which had the foyer with the water feature and bridge-style walkways? (HGTV.com video links: Mid-Century Mess Makeover, The Oasis, Part Two). The whole house was basically whitewashed of any character. Except for the indoor pool, which they painted black! From a Mid-Century perspective,* especially with a Frank Lloyd Wright influence, some features of the home were somewhat problematic, such as the stone fireplaces and the dark kitchen cabinets, and some things were very problematic, like the very 1970s-looking master bath (avocado!). But, some of the design choices, such as as replacing the dark wood paneling with white painted paneling in the main room, and stucco-ing over the (fake?) stone fireplace in the master suite? For the fireplaces, I would have considered either adding Mid-Century-looking stone veneers or even completely replacing some/all of them. *I'm not sure if it was mentioned in the episodes (I only skimmed them), but the house was built in 1969, which strictly from a time perspective, puts it after the Mid-Century Modern design period. For comparison, here are two earlier examples of Pittsburgh-area homes designed by Don Owens: 118 Cardiff Road (Zillow), 470 Woodland Road (Zillow) . These two homes were built in 1960 and 1961, respectively, and are much more true to the Mid-Century style. Both homes do show some signs of minor renovations (mainly newer tile flooring), but they still retain their original character. Link to comment
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