Remodeling Plans: The Exterior // Art Deco + Palm Springs

The current state of the house is almost identically as seen in this photo from Google Maps. While the architecture itself really excites me, there are some details surrounding it that could use a little attention to bring out the stylish factors and potential. Namely, removing the plantation shutters that block the effect the windows boast. That's simple enough, and has already happened upstairs! We are replacing them with woven grey bamboo roman shades that maintain just enough of a modern and boho vibe. From the outside, you can hardly see that they are there, yet instantly provide enough contrast to allow the original casement windows to do their beautiful thing. Total privacy from these blinds, too. An additional bonus? They are the same kind of structure, though a modern take, as the original roman shades that were installed by the family that's owned the house the whole time. Throughout, I'm attempting to honor the history of the home and the family while adding our spin.  Beyond highlighting the windows, we're looking forward to replacing the garage door, updating the balcony railing so it's tall enough to meet code (and so Nora doesn't fall off, oops), update the porch finishes, and perhaps most dynamically -- completely overhaul the landscaping.

The current state of the house is almost identically as seen in this photo from Google Maps. While the architecture itself really excites me, there are some details surrounding it that could use a little attention to bring out the stylish factors and potential. Namely, removing the plantation shutters that block the effect the windows boast. That's simple enough, and has already happened upstairs! We are replacing them with woven grey bamboo roman shades that maintain just enough of a modern and boho vibe. From the outside, you can hardly see that they are there, yet instantly provide enough contrast to allow the original casement windows to do their beautiful thing. Total privacy from these blinds, too. An additional bonus? They are the same kind of structure, though a modern take, as the original roman shades that were installed by the family that's owned the house the whole time. Throughout, I'm attempting to honor the history of the home and the family while adding our spin. 

Beyond highlighting the windows, we're looking forward to replacing the garage door, updating the balcony railing so it's tall enough to meet code (and so Nora doesn't fall off, oops), update the porch finishes, and perhaps most dynamically -- completely overhaul the landscaping.

Though I want to complete every single detail of the exterior update prior to painting, I'm leaning towards the house wearing a slightly more saturated hue of pink. Waiting to make the call because WHAT IF THE CHANGES MAKE IT LOOK MORE PINK AND THEN IT IS ALREADY PAINTED PINK AND HOLY TERROR ENSUES?! The photos on the left show that perfect shade of peachy warm pink that I think would suit the style wonderfully. True Streamline Moderne houses, such as inspired ours, and as you can see an example of in the bottom left photo, were designed to almost exclusively be white or pastel colors. As shown in the top pictures, we'll rely on true palms (and agave, and cacti, prairie grasses and decomposed granite) to evoke the relaxed Palm Springs energy I so desire. In order to lean more into the modern potential of this property, the garage door will be this matte black windowless option.  *******Image credit, clockwise from top left: 1. Inspiration with soft pink house and giant plants. 2. Inspiration photo with desert plants and decomposed granite. 3. Inspiration for the garage door. 4. Inspiration for the paint color on a Streamline Moderne house in San Antonio.

Though I want to complete every single detail of the exterior update prior to painting, I'm leaning towards the house wearing a slightly more saturated hue of pink. Waiting to make the call because WHAT IF THE CHANGES MAKE IT LOOK MORE PINK AND THEN IT IS ALREADY PAINTED PINK AND HOLY TERROR ENSUES?! The photos on the left show that perfect shade of peachy warm pink that I think would suit the style wonderfully. True Streamline Moderne houses, such as inspired ours, and as you can see an example of in the bottom left photo, were designed to almost exclusively be white or pastel colors. As shown in the top pictures, we'll rely on true palms (and agave, and cacti, prairie grasses and decomposed granite) to evoke the relaxed Palm Springs energy I so desire. In order to lean more into the modern potential of this property, the garage door will be this matte black windowless option. 

*******Image credit, clockwise from top left: 1. Inspiration with soft pink house and giant plants. 2. Inspiration photo with desert plants and decomposed granite. 3. Inspiration for the garage door. 4. Inspiration for the paint color on a Streamline Moderne house in San Antonio.

BEFORE. On move-in day, I snapped a closer shot of the porch for future comparisons. The plant is overgrown and too close to the house. The address sign, door, and porch light all echo exactly the indiscriminate style that remains, though not specifically one that would have been sensible for the home's origin. Translation? A sweet elderly woman lived here, leaving a decorum that is distinctly grandmotherly. My goal is to get some finishes on the house that pay a nod to the Art Deco history as well as some desert influence, which surprisingly isn't that far off the Oklahoma plains. Let's inject charm that way, shall we?

BEFORE. On move-in day, I snapped a closer shot of the porch for future comparisons. The plant is overgrown and too close to the house. The address sign, door, and porch light all echo exactly the indiscriminate style that remains, though not specifically one that would have been sensible for the home's origin. Translation? A sweet elderly woman lived here, leaving a decorum that is distinctly grandmotherly. My goal is to get some finishes on the house that pay a nod to the Art Deco history as well as some desert influence, which surprisingly isn't that far off the Oklahoma plains. Let's inject charm that way, shall we?

Work with me here for a minute, would you?! While I don't plan to have the front door a color, but rather black, I could not find a porthole door photo to better explain my concept than this. Again, that's some Art Deco influence that would have been in line with the Streamline Moderne architecture of the time, yet quite cohesive with a modern aesthetic.

********Inspiration pics, clockwise from top left: 1. Art Deco Porthole Door. 2. Flushmount Light Fixture. 3. House Numbers. 4. Inspiration for Balcony Railing. 5. Planters for Porch. 6. Art Deco Doorbell

The glass block, mail slot and handrail absolutely stay! I've yet to reach an adequate solution for the floor covering, as the porch does catch a large amount of rain. Anything smooth would become dangerous and slippery! That will come when I actually think to look it up, no doubt.

The glass block, mail slot and handrail absolutely stay! I've yet to reach an adequate solution for the floor covering, as the porch does catch a large amount of rain. Anything smooth would become dangerous and slippery! That will come when I actually think to look it up, no doubt.

The current door is red with a brass eagle knocker. While I like the eagle fine, it wouldn't do to cover the porthole in the door that will hopefully be there! I'll figure that out as we get there.

The current door is red with a brass eagle knocker. While I like the eagle fine, it wouldn't do to cover the porthole in the door that will hopefully be there! I'll figure that out as we get there.

Some major changes coming this way, yet we threaten to not actually touch the majority of the house in terms of paint on the concrete blocks. 

We recently had a neighbor tell us that she'd often looked at our house and longed for it become Mediterranean style, adding a roof with clay shingles, a trellis down the side, and such. I can't bring myself to stray so far from the architectural style of the house (and also am not into that, anyway). I'm sure everyone could look at it and see a different future for it, but I'm very excited to make it one that looks like the best possible version of its past.

So... when do you plan on showing up with your shovel? Let's move some plants outta here, folks!

Peeking into the interior shortly! For now, take a look at this straight on image of the house from Google Maps, and hope that it's not exactly like this much longer.

Note the plantation shutters in all of the windows! While functional, they mask the original casement windows, and muddy the style. As of now, they're already gone!

Note the plantation shutters in all of the windows! While functional, they mask the original casement windows, and muddy the style. As of now, they're already gone!

// What are your thoughts? Are you new to Streamline Moderne architecture, and would like to see a write up about them? I'm happy to oblige! Want some remodeling help of your own? Send us what you're thinking here!