Tammy’s fabulous 1961 ranch house for sale — “The Lady is a Tramp” is hitting the road!

midcentury kitchen

Tammy has begun chronicling this adventure in her blog, The Lady is a Tramp.

Tammy is poised to launch an exciting new chapter of the American Dream: She’s quit her job, scheduled an estate sale, and this week put her meticulously restored 1961 Seattle house on the market — all so that she can travel the U.S.A. in “Nellie,” the 33′ Newmar Ventana RV that she bought last month. Tammy has lived in her beloved midcentury modern ranch home for 13 years, and her renovations and decorating — impeccable! Let’s take a look — and also hear about her plans to hit the road!

midcentury house exteriorTammy is a reader of the blog — we first met her when we spotlighted her GE Partio Cart last year — so she reached out to us with her story as soon as her house hit the MLS. We asked her to tell us more about the house and the changes she had made to it over the years.  She wrote:

The house was built in 1961 and had one owner before I purchased it in 2002. They aged in place, so the home was in a bit of rough shape at that time.

aqua kitchen retro

I built the backyard cabana and remodeled the kitchen in period style with updated modern appliances.

vintage furniture

I also took out a wall between two bedrooms to create a master suite, and converted the MIL downstairs into a wet bar.

midcentury living room

The furniture is all mine – not staging furniture. Most pieces were estate sale, Craig’s List and Ebay finds! (Although I must admit the Philippe Starck Bubble Club outdoor furniture was purchased at Design Within Reach, and the turquoise outdoor furniture was purchased at Dazzles in Palm Springs.)

vintage pink bathroom

And of course, you know about the Partio Cart!

midcentury back yard

My friends and I named the house “The Atomic Abode.” I have loved living here and throwing parties, but I am in the process of selling all my worldly possessions, jumping in an RV, and traveling North America.

Thanks for your interest in my place. It makes my heart happy.

Gorgeous house!!!! But…. tell use more about your new quest! The “sell everything and hit the road” quest. Wow!

Q. What made you decide to leave your gorgeous home and hit the road? We read on your blog that wanted to leave your job as an attorney, but was there a specific moment/catalyst when you decided to take it from a dream to reality?

vintage pink bathroom

A. As much as I enjoyed collecting my “curated hoard,” for the last couple of years my possessions weighed on me, and keeping them meant continuing in a career for which I was no longer passionate. I decided that living more simply also meant more frugally, which gives me the freedom not to work and to do the one thing I love most of all: travel!

Q. I see you mentioned that you started collecting midcentury furniture and decor back in 2002 after you bought the house — have you noticed a big change in the market for such furnishings in your area since then?

danish teak furniture

A. I actually started collecting back in the 1990s, with 1940’s/1950’s dresses, handbags, hats and shoes, because I was swing dancing back then.  That morphed into 1950’s vintage, which then morphed into Danish Modern. The good stuff is getting much harder to find (I don’t even try thrift stores anymore, which used to be one of my go-to places back in the 90’s/early 2000’s), and when you do find something, sellers generally greatly overestimate value (especially on Ebay!)  Estate sale tips are the best, especially in the Pacific NW – big MCM collectors in Oregon and Washington.

tammyAnd lookie this! Tammy adds:

I owned a 1955 canned ham vintage trailer, “FiFi,” depicted in the photo above.  I recently sold her as part of my quest.  It was hard to let her go!

That must have been the cutest vintage trailer ever!

Tammy, you and your story are inspirational — especially since I’ve been reexamining my own relationship with stuff recently. It is obvious that you have impeccable taste and you seem like such a fun person, who I am sure will have some great fun out on the open road. Kudos to you for having the bravery to make a change in your life and begin an exciting new adventure.

Tammy has agreed that she’ll send us periodic updates about her travels so we can keep up with her journey. You can get all the updates on her journey via her personal blog, The Lady is a Tramp.

Mega thanks to Tammy for sharing her story and to realtor Craig Blackmon, R7 Photography and Lance Wagner at Seattle Retro Photography for letting us feature this fantastic property and wonderful photos on RetroRenovation.com.

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  1. Graham says:

    Great house.

    Hopefully the future owners will appreicate the character of the home.

    Can you tell me where you got the Vegas prints and pictures?

  2. Tammy says:

    Graham, I looked on the back of the Vegas print, and I cannot find any information about it! I purchased it at a store that is no longer in business. Sorry! Come to the estate sale and buy mine! 🙂

  3. Mary Elizabeth says:

    Hey, we used to make a “Sputnik” cocktail party dish that was a cabbage hollowed out enough in the top to hold a small dish of mustard or homemade cocktail sauce. Then we stuck miniature wieners/hot dogs into it with large toothpicks/small kabob sticks until it looked like a satellite. The last time I made it was 1973 or so, and it was a retro dish even then.

  4. Nancy H says:

    I went to the estate sale and it was CRAZY! As expected, a line down the block to get in, and most of the furniture was tagged as sold by the time they got to my entry number. Still, it was lots of fun! I bought a baby blue vintage Trifari necklace, earring, and bracelet set, an Egygtian themed Christmas ornament (there was an entire room dedicated to King Tut!), a retro Bull/Bear Market cocktail glass, and an awesomely ornate red Chinese-inspired waste paper basket.

    I hope when my husband and I sell our 1961 home in the upper Crown Hill/Northbeach area next year, a wonderful mcm-loving family buys it and covets our original kitchen cabinets, blue bathroom, yellow bathroom, and rose quartz fireplace wall as much as we do. The house was build by a local builder for his family, and we are only the 3rd owners.

  5. Tammy says:

    Nancy, I am glad you were able to get some treasures! That jewelry set has especially fond memories for me. I purchased it in Palm Springs. Enjoy!

  6. Greg N. says:

    May I assume the Partio Cart was sold at her estate sale? If by some miracle she is looking for the perfect home for it, our 1957 ranch in Dallas, with turquoise patio furniture (1961 Brown Jordan Tamiami), would possibly fill the bill.

  7. Marie Byarlay says:

    I’m trying to find a Partio Cart. Any suggestions? I have a few mid-century pieces my self. Ebay prices are ridiculous! I’ve found most on craigslist. I live just south of Tacoma Washington

  8. Rick says:

    all the best – most people will only dream of doing what you’ve planned. myself, I’m at the point of focusing in on what I really need & being honest with myself & getting rid of all that extra stuff that has no place anymore. Now, I prefer to keep only “key pieces” & not every single knick knack that I happen across !! May your travels be happy ones !!

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