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Mad About Modern Homes

Today I'm sharing some mid-century modern eye candy from Charlotte's Mad About Modern Home Tour!

Happy Friday and today I’m sharing some mid-century modern eye candy! I wanted to share some updates from one of my very favorite events of the year, the Mad About Modern Tour! The tour takes place in Charlotte and benefits the Charlotte Museum of History. 2018’s tour was this past Saturday and we had the best time getting to take a peek inside some cool beauties.

I’ve been on the tour planning committee for Mad About Modern for several years, and also lead the teams that do the artwork and marketing for the tour. We did much of the identity and web site work below this past year at BOLTGROUP.

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We have an awesome planning committee overall and I love everyone I get to work with to make this tour happen! The homes are carefully selected by our homes team, led by Jennifer Felts of Habitude Interiors and Mike Gibbons of Savvy Realty. Here are a few of the houses we selected to be featured this year’s tour.


Year Built: 1966
Size: 5BR/5.5BA (4,700 sq ft)

This is a recently renovated classic 1960s ranch with an eye to maintaining the home’s midcentury charm. The renovations modernize and expand the living space, while utilizing midcentury architectural details in the new design: a low-slung, low-pitched roof with deep overhangs; large expanses of glass to let in natural light; and exposed structural beams. Scroll down for the custom-designed, floating bookcase for the homeowner’s Lego collection at the stair landing!

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Year Built: 1956
Size: 3BR/3BA (3,200 sq. ft)

When the current owners purchased this home 19 years ago, the home was on the verge of being torn down by developers. Since then, the owners have renovated the interior while leaving the footprint of the home intact. The home now bears an open floor plan, updated windows and skylights, and renovations to the original kitchen and baths.








Year Built: 1955
Size: 4BR/4.5BA (2,900 sq ft)

Designed by architect B. Atwood Skinner, this remodeled ranch house boasts stunning cantilevered front bedrooms that make the home appear to float above its site. There were some great original features like massive, poured-in-place concrete fireplace caps, red oak floors, solid cherry doors, and repurposed original wood paneling from the study that has found a new home in the master bath. A period-sensitive cantilevered addition mimics the original vision for the home, and added valuable space for a master bathroom and closet for the current owners.







Year Built: 1955
Size: 5BR/4.5BA (4,900 sq ft)

This was hands-down my favorite house on the tour! Originally designed by Ralph Mesrobian, this home has been renovated in a “warm modern” style. The open floor plan gives expansive views from virtually every room in the home. Upon entry the homeowner’s theme of “fire and water” is emphasized, tying together the great room fireplace, a beautiful pool, and a second fireplace at the rear of the home. Contrasting uses of glass, black metal, and stained horizontal wood evoke the home’s midcentury roots. The footprint of the residence has been enlarged to include a guest and master suite that echoes the clean lines of the original design.


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Year Built: 1958
Size: 3BR/3BA (2,750 sq ft)

Built in 1958, this L-shaped ranch began life as a Crosland model home. The original design included a dramatic wall of windows, which have been tied into the newly renovated interior. The original windows and header beam were duplicated in the addition for a seamless feel from old to new. The homeowner collects of midcentury furniture, artwork, and kitschy trinkets.







Year Built: 1965
Size: 4BR/3BA (3,200 sq ft)

When the owners of this home purchased it in 2017, they immediately set to work on their “diamond in the rough.”  The 1965 home includes several distinctive midcentury features: horizontal windows; deep, overhanging eaves; a strong connection to the natural world; and one-story brick construction.


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Year Built: 2018
Size: 3BR/1BA (357 sq ft)

This was very cool – we also had a brand new land ark parked on a street to tour! Drake is the debut model from Land Ark RV. A fresh addition to the mobile typology, Land Arks emphasize natural light, energy efficiency, open living, four-season functionality and a simple, modern aesthetic. Black, corrugated steel siding on the exterior contrasts the white washed pine interior. The interior feels much larger than the footprint suggests with 10′ plus ceilings throughout and ample glazing. Land Arks’ trapezoidal shape creates a distinct visual, adds usable square footage and creates an expansive feel to the interior. I was obsessed with the Land Ark and may be changing my tune on riding around the country in an RV someday (which my husband is dying to do!)





Photo credits: Dustin Peck Photography


2 comments on “Mad About Modern Homes

  1. Mer Lessons

    You all did a great job with the tour this year – I’ve been several years in the past and the houses showed really well this year as well as the whole process seemed smooth and enjoyable. Congrats!

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