Wednesday, March 16, 2011

1958 Better Homes & Gardens Idea Home

Hello, Dear Ones! Are you familiar with the Better Homes and Gardens Idea Homes? Well, my daughter and her husband along with little Carter just bought one! A 1958 modern ranch.

It's featured in this olden BHG magazine! Isn't that the coolest thing!
That's her kitchen on the front cover - almost! :)

It's much bigger on the inside than it looks - almost 4,000 square feet and with a full basement.

Here's the floor plan in the mag. Her kitchen is must bigger though.

It has glorious windows and lovely wooden floors where little Carter just flies in her walker!

She would give me this olden Hoosier if I had a place for it! Shoot!
They found the olden music cabinet while living in England.

But my favorite part of the house is the kitchen! Now like I said, the house is very olden and not much has been done to it. It was state of the art when it was built and has lots of wonderful features throughout the house and here in the kitchen. There are cabinets galore! Now if you're a Texas Baylor Bears fan, you're going to love the green and gold/yellow kitchen.
Original colors, I kid you not!
Well, my daughter is going to change things as soon as she can! :)

Look at this wonderful gas cooktop area.
It's surrounded by tile and I'm in love with the hood!
Well, not as much as I love little Carter, just sayin'. :)

There's a huge loooooooooong island in the center of the room (you can see it in the mosaic above) with the sink and a Jenn Air electric cooktop and grill! Can you believe it? Gas and electric cooktops. I do believe I lost weight while helping my daughter in this kitchen!
Almost walked my tiny little short legs off! :)

Then the breakfast room is at the end of the kitchen surrounded by these wonderful windows! I love this! You can see the table is set for little Carter's Birthday Party!
The long wooden table was built for them by their neighbor while they were in England. It is built the olden way with pegs - not one nail or screw.

Here you can see the electric cooktop and grill. The house is on a very large lot, almost an acre. To the right is a swimming pool and there are many beautiful trees as you can see. They live in a neighborhood with other homes but there is a bird sanctuary about a half a block away and guess what I saw?
Four wild turkeys running across the road! I'm talking about birds with feathers not crazy people! :)

Now this made Mr. Precious' heart sing! An olden intercom. Do you recognize it? Well if you visit me often, you've seen this baby in our house too! Oh, my Lord! This is not my favorite thing!

Yes, you were seeing snow through all those windows and this is what the house looks like at the moment! Yep snow! and tons of it! I actually had to wear a wooly coat! :)

My daughter and husband have plans for their new olden home and will begin to change things soon. They haven't completely gotten things together as they just moved in about a month ago. We kinda barged in on them and for a visit so we could be with our little Carter to celebrate her birthday! :) Grandparents can do those sorts of things you know! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Somewhere That's Green

I know Seymour's the greatest
But I'm dating a semi-sadist
So I've got a black eye
And my arm's in a cast.
Still, that Seymour's a cutie
Well, if not, he's got inner beauty
And I dream of a place
Where we could be together at last

A matchbox of our own
A fence of real chain link,
A grill out on the patio
Disposal in the sink
A washer and a dryer and an ironing machine
In a tract house that we share
Somewhere that's green.

He rakes and trims the grass
He loves to mow and weed
I cook like Betty Crocker
And I look like Donna Reed
There's plastic on the furniture
To keep it neat and clean
In the Pine-Sol scented air
Somewhere that's green

Between our frozen dinner
And our bedtime, nine-fifteen
We snuggle watchin' Lucy
On our big, enormous twelve-inch screen

I'm his December Bride
He's Father, he Knows Best
Our kids watch Howdy Doody
As the sun sets in the west
A picture out of Better Homes and Gardens magazine

Far from Skid Row
I dream we'll go
somewhere that's green.
~ from the movie "Little Shop of Horrors"


  1. Lovely home! I love the older homes, they seem to really have character to them. What a gorgeous view out the windows! Loved the post on little Carter's birthday too. she's such a doll. How's your toe?
    Thanks for dropping in with your kind comments.

  2. Their home looks wonderful! I love the ranch homes of the 50's....

  3. Love this home! Those big windows are awesome!

  4. Hi Shelia, Beautiful home and so big!! Her kitchen is wonderful and how nice to have all those windows bringing in natural light. It will be a lot of fun for them to turn it into their own! Martina

  5. I hope they don't change TOO much, there are LOTS of mid-century fans who might want what they do decide to take out. You could refer her to Pam at Retro Renovation for ideas, PLEASE!!

  6. That house is gorgeous! I have a Hoosier cabinet that looks just like that, unfortunately, I don't have room for mine either so it's all wrapped up in plastic in the garage until we move next year. Enjoy that baby!

  7. Oh! That's wonderful!! I was married in 1958, and that type of house was certainly my dream home at the time. Not so much now - I need tiny spaces for my short little, old legs. But, what a great house for a new family. Sally

  8. Hi Shelia,
    I love your daughter's house!!! If I had it, I would be so tempted to leave everything original, so long as it was working. I'm sure it will be lovely once she has put her stamp on it. What a beautiful lot and so much square feet!! Good for her.
    It was lovely seeing your tiny little face and form out in front of it.
    Hugs, Cindy

  9. What a lovely olden home your daughter and her family has! Happy Birthday to your sweet little Carter.

    Have a wonderful day,

  10. That is too fun! It makes my heart hungry! What a beautiful home. And how fun it will be making it their own through the years. I can guarantee you BHG would probably love to do a reshoot after they are done!

  11. Shelia, this is wonderful news. I love this house, and I can only imagine the potential.

    My cousin purchased a similar house twelve years ago, and you should see it now.

  12. We have many similar Mid-Century Modern homes like that here and I enjoy going through them and I really like the kitchens. Those kithchens were a big step outside the box from the kitchens of the 1940's. I know your family will enjoy this house.

  13. How fun to see this house! I have a BH&G book on decorating from about that era that I have intended to blog about one day, but I just haven't gotten to it yet. I am sure you all had a big time at the party!

  14. Wow that is an amazing home. The history of it alone is priceless. I hope your daughter and her family will be very happy there.

  15. It looks so beautiful...did they buy it because of the intercom??? Just kidding but it looks wonderful in the photos!!!
    Have a beautiful day!!!

  16. That home is a classic! I love the kitchen - colour and all! It's interesting to see the 'modern' features from the 50's. Thanks for sharing today. :-)

  17. What a beautiful home. I love the kitchen,and the gorgeous windows.


  18. LOVE THIS! Come on ova' and link up to my Linky Party! xoxokara


  19. The 50's ranch style homes are one of my favorite styles. We lived in a small one for a few months when I was in second grade. I can still remember that house and the layout of rooms. Yes, even at 7 my house obsession was evident.
    I can't wait to see what your daughter does with this wonderful home, Shelia!

  20. Shelia how fun is this. So much space, I would love it. I can't wait to see what they do to update it. Hugs, Marty

  21. How lovely and all those windows!! Lucky kids. Many good wishes to them.

  22. Hi Shelia,
    Thanks for the tour of their home. I am excited to see how they update it.


  23. What a great house! Mid century modern they call it now, don't they?!

  24. I enjoyed the house tour! Can't believe how much snow you still have! We have the air conditioner going and the ceiling fan flying! ♥

  25. Hi Shelia *hugs*
    Thats a lovely home. Your daughter must be very happy to be settled into her home and have you visit for Carter's Birthday. I don't think I would want to change too much about the house. I really love the colours in the kitchen and the counter and I like you like the kitchen fan.

    She has so many nice windows would be so nice and bright.

    Happy Birthday to sweet Carter! I'm sure she had a lovely first birthday.

    Where do they live? They do have lots of snow...more than we do.

    Have a great rest of the evening

  26. That is so cool Sheila. WOW what a spectacular home. All those gorgeous windows, I just love! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Wow! That is way cool! How incredible to have so much of the original even if they will be "tweaking" it! :-)

  28. This brought back very fond memories of the house in which I grew up. We had an intercom just like the one pictured!

    That kitchen is something else. Very colorful! Being from Texas, I almost went to Baylor.

    Hope they have fun putting their mark on their new home!

  29. That is so cool! I love older homes and their charm and history. I love what you've shared.

  30. What a beautiful house! It has such wonderful provenance being a BH&G house!

    Best wishes for your daughter, son-in-law and baby daughter for many happy memories in their new home.

  31. Shelia!

    Long time no see! I have missed you, my friend! Thank you for visiting me tonight. I am hoping to be able to blog more after next week. My life is not my own these days, but I'm not complaining. I have been needing to get these things done.

    I adore your daughter's house! I like the colors and love the fact that it's in such original condition. I hope they keep as much of it as they can because a house that is done to period is always a good bet. And they have a LOT of square footage. Mercy! It really is a big place.

    Glad you got a chance to see Miss C. on her birthday. I'm going to check the post before this one because I kind of spied a cute baby face in it... yours of course and Carter's, too!

    Love you,

    Sheila :-)

  32. What an amazing house! I loved the photos and the magazine!

  33. Good morning Shelia, I missed these last two posts and I just spent a long time enjoying 'every' adorable photo of carter and your daughter's wonderful retro home. Oh my goodness, carter is the most beautiful baby girl with the bluest eyes. I so want to give her a great big hug. I did give her a cyber hug. Smile. How wonderful that you can visit and spend time with your family on Carter's birthday. I think the family photos and the cake photos are priceless. You all warm and fuzzy in the cold sow is so darned cute. I really am looking forward to meeting you Shelia.

    The 1958 home is such a wonderful find. I know your daughter and family are loving their new home. I am loving that huge kitchen with all the modern conveniences from the '50's' is amazing. Yes, we too had an intercom throughout our home which was built in 1969. My kids drove us crazy playing on that thing. I did enjoy the music in every room in the house. We lived there 15 years before we moved. I love that house and wonder who is living there now. I know the changes your daughter and SIL will make in their new home will be lovely. Just don't lose the wonderful original design. Keep us posted ok?

    Love to you and your darling family.

  34. Thank you everyone for wonderful feedback on the house. We are so excited and blessed to be in it. Now I must get modivated to finish unpacking ;)

  35. Congratulate your daughter from this blog friend on such a beautiful home! I love things like that from the 1958. We lived in a house similar to it in 1956 until 62 when we moved closer to the Astoria Queens, so my dad didn't have to commute so much as he did before from Long Is. The party for the little girl I'm sure was a lot of fun!
    Such memmories. I'm loving the huge kitchen your daughter must the oic it's huge!
    Happy weekend.

  36. Hey Pickle...I love their new home...oh my word and those glorious windows and kitchen...double ovens in the wall...heaven!!!!! I am so happy for them...I think her island is as big as my entire kitchen and girl I'd knock out a wall for that hoosier!!!!! lol Happy Birthday to that precious little Carter...she is a baby doll! So glad you came by ya girl...Picket

  37. Hi Sheila, Congrats to your daughter and SIL on the purchase of this wonderful home. All the windows are wonderful. You'll have to keep us posted on any changes they make. Thanks for sharing this lovely home at my new party.

  38. Now I think they bought that big olden house --- so you can come and visit often! What a great house.

  39. What a fabulous Home.... I'm sure it will be filled with lots of Love & Memories~

  40. What a home!! I love it!!!!!
    I kinda like the green......?

  41. Oooooh! Happy Birthday little Carter! Time sure flies!

    The house is nice. I hope you will share the pics of the changes when they make them.


  42. Love this post...thank you for linking up to Whassup Wednesday! Hope to see you tomorrow:)


  43. How fun to live in a Better Homes and Gardens Idea Home like this! I love everything about it--even those retro green cabinets. You don't see those every day, do you? And you're right that it doesn't look like it would be 4,000 square feet from the outside--amazing! I just loved seeing this, Shelia. Thanks for sharing it with us! :-)

  44. After seeing those great Fire King pieces, I had to click over to see their home, and I'm so glad I did. What a wonderful home, and how exciting for them! A lot of those ideas were so innovative that the home is very livable today. I would think that even the island in the kitchen was a fairly new concept at that time, and I'm sure nobody had both a gas and electric cooktop. It looks like that have found a fabulous "forever" home. laurie

  45. Oh. my. goodness. Love this house so much!! And to see it so lovingly preserved is just incredible. Oh I am jealous!

  46. What a wonderful house. I hope they try to keep true to the period with the modern conveniences of course. Thanks for sharing, it is fabulous. Blessings, Ginger

  47. Wow what a great home! I grew up in a home from the late 5o's but we sure didn't have a kitchen like that! Looks like a fabulous location too! Carter has a great home to grow up in!

  48. Hi Sheila, I just revisited your daughter's home. It is so lovely. I grew up in a 1950's home. It had a crazy shaped roof line and it sure does bring back memories. IT WASN'T NEARLY AS BIG THOUGH.

    Ok, now the RV. Smile.
    Love, Jeanne

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