A fun Desert Modern midcentury modest house in Las Vegas

desert-modern-housenpf-2016Day #2 of my coverage of the Nevada Preservation Foundation’s 2016 Vintage Vegas Home & History tour and oh happy day, let’s take a look inside this just-about-perfect Desert Modern midcentury modest house. Isn’t the kitchen adorable — and just wait until you see the blue bathroom, complete with vintage foil wallpaper that the new owners were oh-so-smart to keep!

About this house, Nevada Preservation said:

This home belonged to Las Vegas showgirl Billye Long, whose husband was reportedly a Mob connected pit boss at The Flamingo. The house remained in the Long family for over fifty years until the current homeowner took over. With original kitchens and bathrooms, period wallpaper and exposed beams, this 1955 Desert Modern ranch is mid-century at its finest!

vintage-las-vegas-5Above: The kitchen cabinets are all original. And dig those wood beams tracking the roofline — in most of the post-1955 or so houses we saw, this was a regular feature. I think that historically, the roofs were not insulated. The solid surface countertops are newer, as are the floor tiles, I am sure.

vintage-las-vegas-4NorthStar refrigerator.

vintage-las-vegas-11The new owner, shown here in the foreground with my wonderful guide for the day, Michelle Larime of the Nevada Preservation Foundation, explained that the kitchen had originally been enclosed with a wall. You can see where the wall ended — at the edge of the tile. The owner took down the wall and braced the part avoe with wood and steel. The open-ness was quite nice, and I like how they added that splash of retro-industrial feel with the steel post. Oh, and the cookies and lemonade came in handy, too — it was a busy day!

vintage-las-vegas-22A big picture window in the living room brought the outdoors right in….

vintage-las-vegas-12And oh how I hyperventilated when I saw this bathroom!

vintage-las-vegas-16There were two sinks, around the corner from each other.

vintage-las-vegas-15Hollywood Regency sconces and wallpaper.

vintage-las-vegas-2-2A recessed tub. Note: I wore a vintage Lanvin shirtdress, purchased at Retro Genie’s in Northampton, for my remarks and the tours. It was outrageously loud. I love it!

vintage-las-vegas-14And the floor!!!! I did not ask if it was original. I tend to believe it was. But even if not — they did a great job! Penny round tiles with little blue flowers inset. ADORABLE!

vintage-las-vegas-1-2Another look at the floor with my toesies, requisite shot.

vintage-las-vegas-20Out back: Kinda heavenly.

vintage-las-vegas-21Along with a place to do some serious bbqing, of course!

vintage-las-vegas-1And I also liked the lamp out front!

Thanks to the owner of this fun Desert Modern house for sharing the love on the Vintage Vegas Home & History Tour!

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