Our Modern Home

The house is tucked at the top of a charming private drive, even more charming in early May when the sun is shining through the green leaves and trees that form a canopy over the lane.  When we reached the top, the house didn’t look like much…a ranch house that are a dime a dozen around here.

As we pulled up to the house, I saw through one of the front windows, a wall papered with Peanuts.  Yes, Peanuts.  As in Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally and Lucy.  Strange, I know.  My first thought should have been, “that’s got to be the first thing to go.”  Instead, it had me at ‘Hello.’  I have a Peanuts thing.  What can I say?

Turns out I didn’t need Snoopy to convince me.  The curved brick wall at the entrance that continues into the house and becomes the fireplace.  The cedar panels of the ceiling in the living and bedrooms.  The solid beams running through the house and out to the porch.  And the land.  Oh my, the half-acre of land that backs up to a green belt with a gully.  A private park of one’s own.

And as if that weren’t enough, the architect is a well-known Seattle mid-century architect, Fred Bassetti.  A student of Eichler-esque post and beam lines and indoor/outdoor living, Bassetti designed a home filled with light and clean lines.  Fred Bassetti designed our new home, 47 years ago.

(P.S.  Staging furniture.  Don’t panic. We didn’t go sell all our stuff!)


25 Responses to “Our Modern Home”

  1. Savvy February 17, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    McMansions are taking over the cutest ranch house properties out her in California. One day people will look back and weep the way I weep over making my mom give away her “Ugly” midcentury dining room set she got in 1963. OMG I wish I had it back. In the 80s it wasn’t vintage, it was junk. I want to cry just thinking about it now.

  2. Hillary Ryan September 17, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Just found your blog. We are about to purchase a mid century modern in Tacoma. Needs love but we are so ready. We have 2 kids,1 dog and *umm* 6 chickens. Should be an interesting challenge.

    • October 2, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      Hi Hillary,
      I want chickens so badly! But with the two dogs, I can’t bear the idea that I may someday find bloody feathers. Please keep me updated on how your progress goes. Best of luck!

  3. Asia @ Cape Cod Dreams May 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    I’m in love with your home! ❤

    • Brandy May 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

      Thank you! I am too!

  4. emily May 2, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Your home is amazing! Im in love. Im obsessed with all things midcentury and I love following MCMlove on FB!

    • Brandy May 2, 2012 at 11:50 am #

      Thanks, Emily! We sure love it too!


  5. rrrgonzalez April 17, 2012 at 5:52 am #

    Love the dining room especially!

  6. janis - pinecone camp March 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    Your home is exactly the kind of home we had been looking for. Not many of them left in the Vancouver area, sadly. You’re a lucky bunch!

    • Brandy March 4, 2012 at 8:32 am #

      It is so sad when these are torn down to make way for McMansions, which is what happens around here all the time. We were very lucky indeed!


  7. James February 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Hi Brandy,
    Found your blog on Apartment Therapy…and love, love, love it!!! So glad that I found you. We have an early 70’s ranch that we are currently updating. Wish, wish we had a home with more character like yours…..check us out ….you already have a new follower in me..
    All my best,

    • Brandy February 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

      Hi James!

      I just looked at your blog and it seems like you have such a lovely passion for your home and family. I love it. It’s funny because I am a native Texan myself and so many of the people I’ve connected with in the blog world are Texans too! Have you checked out Mommy’s Cigar or Mid2Mod? Both Dallas-based and very cool people.

      Thanks so much for the kind words about the blog. We are having a great time and are glad you enjoy it!


  8. Lynne van den Berg October 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    Hi, we inherited a beautiful MCM home in Iowa City. Your home is very beautiful and shares some similarities to the textures and vibe of our home. We just began a demo of the kitchen which had alot of issues because of critters visiting in the past. I will enjoy reading your old and new posts. I would love sharing pictures of our house if you are interested. Lynne

    • Brandy October 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

      Hi Lynne,

      I would love to see the photos of your home and for you to share your experiences here on the blog. We are all about sharing and learning from each other. I will send you an email. I am glad you are enjoying the blog!


  9. Jacqueline McArthur October 10, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Your house is da bomb…atomic that is. My husband and I are MCM junkies. Please send me your email and I’ll send you some pics.

    • Brandy October 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      Hi there!

      Thanks so much. It’s good to be connected to other MCM enthusiasts. I sent you my email address. Look forward to seeing your house!


  10. rhanvintage September 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Stunning! and what a piece of land you have. Wow.

    • Brandy September 18, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

      thank you! we feel incredibly lucky. it’skind of a magical place.

  11. Carl Schroeder August 31, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    What a cool house!

    • Brandy August 31, 2011 at 9:35 am #

      Thank you! We really love it. There is a soul here that isn’t apparent in the photos. Appreciate your comment and hope you enjoy the blog.


  12. viniture August 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm #


    Love it. We just published it on our facebook page. Would you ever consider doing a guest blog post?

    • Brandy August 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

      Absolutely. I would love to do a guest blog. I will send you an email! Thanks! – Brandy

  13. wadejohnston1962 July 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    You have an absolutely stunning house in a stunning location, and to top it off it’s by Fred Bassetti! I love it.

    • Brandy July 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

      Thank you! We love it. We welcome comments and suggestions as we feel our way through this process!



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