Your tastes at home may be Mid-Century Modern, but what about when you travel? Charles and Ray Eames’ great style and vision can easily be a part of your vacations too.
This amazing Mid-Century/Eames style place is for rent in Madrid for $106 a night.
Check out airbnb– Rooms for rent all over the world with incredible Eames spirit. airbnb is a website that lists rooms for rent in people’s homes around the world. If you have an extra room you can rent out on a nightly basis and like the b and b concept or if you’d like to visit an exotic location you have always dreamed of but don’t want to stay at a chain hotel this may be just your ticket! Click here for the specific “Eames Spirit” rentals.https://www.airbnb.com/wishlists/eames. Other types of rentals are available too. Even if you can’t take off and visit these places you can look at and dream about them!
Hollin Hills is a unique neighborhood of mid-century modern homes, but it isn’t only the buildings that are unique, it is also the amazing amount of literature and advertising documents available from when the homes were originally being sold that makes it stand out.
Today the advertising can often be found online to view, but some of the Hollin Hills homes also had landscaping plans drafted by Dan Kiley or Voight that are on file at Harvard University under the original owner’s name. This creates an opportunity to go on a treasure hunt of sorts to find the landscaping designs for specific Hollin Hills homes.
As Hollin Hills prepares to be designated as an historic neighborhood this summer (fingers crossed) the original information is even more exciting and helpful for understanding what it was designed to be by Charles Goodman and what it has become. My Hollin Hills home actually had a plan to add a slide off of the deck beside the second floor front door. I must confess I had never even considered that!
Perhaps your neighborhood has something special about it too. You may be able to find old documents, floor plans or maps of that show how it was at the start of development or even earlier than that. Here in the Alexandria area, many homes have been built on land that was part of George Washington’s original five farms of Mt. Vernon and they are fortunate enough to have documentation to prove it.
If you have anything so special for your home, consider framing it for your wall as a fun conversation piece. If you are selling your home, certainly include it in the information potential buyers see, it helps clarify what is special about your home from all of the others. With the large amount of moving that happens regularly in the D.C. area, an emotional connection to a property is a big deal. Feeling like you are buying a piece of history is a great way to accomplish that.