LaVista Park may have bumped Northcrest as my favorite atomic neighborhood in Atlanta. Why? Location, location, location! While Northcrest has more Brady Bunch-worthy ranches per block, it’s up in the sleepy suburb of Doraville. LaVista Park, sandwiched between busy Briarcliff and Cheshire Bridge Roads, is a short drive or bike ride to some of the best restaurants, shops, and parks in central Atlanta. Here are 9 midcentury and contemporary abodes that caught my eye on an afternoon drive. All photos were taken by me while standing on public property.
When you live in a Lustron, you’re part of a story. The tale begins in 1948, when the Lustron Corporation debuted its prefabricated, all-steel homes manufactured in a former airplane plant in Columbus, Ohio. The company imagined an American landscape drenched in seafoam, pink, harvest gold, and the other enamel hues of its mail-order ranches, but it sold only about 2,500 over three years.
Photographer Charles “Chuck” Mintz picks up the Lustron story today, documenting people who are holding onto these quirky, increasingly rare homes. He has traveled the country over the past couple years shooting portraits of more than 100 inhabitants. After the jump, I’ll show you more samples from his series, including his shot of me and Andrea on our patio!
If you’re like me, your 2015 “clean slate” rapidly became scrawled with a to-do list. In the calm that followed our holiday travel, Andrea and I decided to tackle some home projects. Trouble is, that quiet time in early January became stressful as I imagined ALL the improvements our Lustron needs. The more I thought about my punch list, the more it sprawled (get better kitchen lighting, clean out the closets, shape the topiary pine, find the perfect fireplace, and on and on).
Just as DIY paralysis was creeping in, I remembered some advice from Jen Mazer, a teacher who helped me define a vision for Finely Crafted. Knowing that long to-do lists are overwhelming — and often lead this gal to plant her head in the sand — she told me to focus on a single task each day. Do one thing today to move your business forward, I recalled her saying, even if it’s as small as returning an e-mail you’ve been putting off. I decided to break my epic home enhancement list into single servings too, designing kitschy notes to announce the day’s chosen task. It was a fun project that tightened my grip on Photoshop drawing, and . . . it’s working! Here’s a sample of back burner projects we wrapped this month:
Want to check off some boxes of your own? Follow me after the jump to print sheets of to-do notes with midcentury style!
I made this wintry cocktail for my friend Shannon’s wedding last month, and I think it’s the perfect drink to clink on New Year’s Eve, too! (Plus this photo shoot was a convenient excuse for breaking in my new silver-foiled glassware, heh heh!) Pure tart cherry juice has an earthy, almost herbal flavor that I like to balance with spicy ginger and sweet navel orange (avoid cherry juice blends, which are dulled with apple and grape). The booze is added separately, so any kids and designated drivers at your party can enjoy a virgin punch. Assemble as many hours in advance as you can to allow the orange peels to release their oils. Two days ahead is ideal, but I know, I know — this post is a bit late for that.
get the recipe after the jump!
Tis the season of entertaining. And while we may have extra time off work to polish the teak-handled flatware and iron the poinsettia linens, all that holiday prep and socializing can feel so heavy! You can lighten the mood at your table with these fun place cards inspired by 50s diner signs, designed for my blog by Cindy Tomczyk of Paper Parasol Press. Download and print your own cards for free here (choose from two color palettes).