INSPIRED BY: Dream Vintage Homes

Beware of watching White Christmas too many times! It might lead you to staying awake at night planning your own version of the beautiful ski lodge in the movie. Ever since I first saw that movie as a little girl, I’ve dreamed of a wide-open mid century style home complete with a sunken living room, built-in seating areas (a la Frank Lloyd Wright), and a grand fireplace to anchor it all.

When I was in design school, I had the opportunity to design my dream home (with certain parameters, like square footage), and funny enough, it kind of resembled the home pictures above. Phil and I just bought our first home almost exactly a year ago, and who knows if or when we will ever move, but for some reason, I can’t stop thinking about my dream home design and floorplan! As in, it actually keeps me up at night. Who knows? Maybe some day I will have the opportunity to design my own home! What about you? What would you want in your dream home? My biggest wish would be for a beautiful wide-open living, dining, and kitchen area. An entertainer’s dream!

Images were found on Flickr and are linked to where I found them.

9 Responses

  1. Love the first one! My husband and I really want to add a midcentury inspired wall of shelves to our home. Maybe one day when the budget allows. And I would love to have ceilings like that.

  2. Oooh…that third one down with the second level is dreamy!! The mister and I want to build a built-into-the-hill, eco-friendly, cabin-ey thing one day…we have dreams…but we’ll see if it actually gets done!! lol. :) These are gorgeous!

  3. Becky W says:

    I love it all and want it all! Do you love the sunken living rooms of Don and Megan Draper and Mary Tyler Moore’s first apartment?

    • Mandi says:

      Duh! ;) Love them! I used to get “in trouble” in design school for making sunken everything. Because it’s not wheelchair accessible. Sigh.

  4. Suzy8track says:

    Ever since I was a kid, it has been a dream of mine to have a sunken in living room.

  5. oh.the.hours. I have spent designing my dream home in my brain.
    A very large 2 story pre 1950s aged brick home in the country covered in ivy with a big brick wall surrounding the lot. Huge mouldings and original hardwood floors dark with age. Bathrooms with white subway tiled walls, claw foot tubs and hex tiled floors. Glass door knobs…fireplace.You get the picture :) I love a traditonal old house with eclectic decor and furnishings. I have a little bit of traditional like my camel back chippendale sofa and a pair of rust colored velvet chairs with a mid century dining table+fiberglass chairs. The collected look is for me!

  6. Lovely inspirations! I want wood. Wood wood wood. Or even this or this!

  7. Meredith says:

    that sunken living room is SO DOPE!!! (as the kids say)