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A Time Capsule House in Minneapolis

A Time Capsule House in Minneapolis

The Twin Cities Mid-Century Modern Facebook Group lit up like crazy this morning over recent photos submitted by realtor Tim Kindem's of this gorgeous MCM home which will be going on the market soon. Tim was kind to let me post these exclusive photos on my blog prior to an open house he'll be having this Friday. ("Oh, honey, drop all your plans. We've got an open house to attend Friday afternoon!")

Being an ardent fan of mid-century modern, of course, I'm biased: have you ever seen anything so dreamy? Time capsule homes like this do exist but they are few and far between these days as buyers (yes, with differing tastes and the right to do what they please) remove the iconic fixtures, decor and colors that make these homes so exciting to MCM lovers. When they do suddenly pop up — on blogs, on realtor home pages, on Facebook — it's thrilling to know that someone, for whatever reason, preserved the structure and the look. 

Oh that paneling! And the shag carpet, the freestanding (Preway?) cone fireplace, the light streaming in the windows. I could live in this room alone and wouldn't change a thing. Tim assured Facebook readers that this carpet is "not that shaggy" and is very easy to care for. I think it perfectly complements the paneling, drapery and the fireplace.

Sure "great rooms" are solidly in vogue, but you just can't argue with this kitchen and dining area — the gorgeous color palette, the mod floor tile, the texture and warmth of the space, and those beautiful built-ins. I imagine how wonderful it would be to fill those shelves with vintage Pyrex and some mod dinnerware.

Here are two of the three baths. How could you not leave for work every morning feeling a bounce in your step and a smile on your face after grooming yourself in one of these cheerful bathrooms? 

I took the next two photos during my tour of the house This wood and metal room divider is so "Mad Men".

 I hope the new owners don't tear down this wallpaper. It could never be found or duplicated again.

Wowza, look that that color below! Very energizing indeed. I would make this the workout room.

How about some billiards? Or sipping your cocktail at the long bar? Now that's a party room.

The house boasts 2,300 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a two-car garage with stairs that lead up to storage above the car area. You can see all the photos here.

Thank you Tim for allowing me to post these photos. 

Vera Neumann Ad from 1960s

Vera Neumann Ad from 1960s

Pattern Hunting at Succotash

Pattern Hunting at Succotash