The Gonce House and their fabulous 1960s Bass sofa


It seems like there are a lot of new readers lately, including those with their own blogs. I hope this means that (1) the real estate market is picking up, (2) midcentury homes – “modern” and “modest” alike – continue to gain appeal and there are people who want to preserve their charms, and (3) you all are having so much fun reading this blog that you want to start your own. Hey: That’s the way it should be! A recent addition to our retro renovation community:  Susie, who writes, ” …We recently bought our first home, built in 1957, and we”re having a ball getting settled in and putting our personal touches on everything.  I’ve really enjoyed looking at your site, especially the flooring section (getting ready to redo our kitchen, probably with classic black Armstrong).”

Read more about Suzie’s new-old house which includes the fabulous “Exclusive Style Crest Custom Quality by Bass Bros.” sofa pictured above, at her blog, The Gonce House. Welcome, Suzie!

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  1. Tikimama says:

    Can’t comment on the real estate market (although I HOPE it’s picking up), but I know that the enjoyment I get from this blog is one of the reasons I started my own!

    Can’t wait to check out the Gonce House blog! I’ll add it to my ever-growing list of daily reading! If the rest of the house looks anything like the picture featured here, I can tell I’ll be drooling!

  2. Kristin says:

    We have the same coffee table! Who made it? Too bad we don’t have that killer matching side table!

  3. The good news is that mid-century modern and mid-century modest have been gaining in popularity over the past few years. The even better news is the increased appreciation for original details, fixtures and finishes.

    Sure the Home Depot fairies are still at work. But the more we can share and celebrate mid-century gems the better the chances we can stop the neutralization.

  4. Femme1 says:

    When I first looked at the photo, I thought that was a planter in the back of the sofa. The ivy could trail over your resident couch potato.

    So is that a piece of wood? For setting drinks upon?

  5. Daniel says:

    That is one awesome sofa!!!

    You are very fortunate to own such a beautiful piece.

    I just may have to buy a MCM house.

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