My April-in-captivity refrain was Daisy Lane, Daisy Lane. As in, we should totally sell our house and move to 1057 Daisy Lane! It’s stunning! A 2,395-square-foot, mid-century modern ranch with full walkout basement in the Flowerpot neighborhood of East Lansing [for a great history of this diverse neighborhood, check out this article from ELi].
From what I understand, the house was built in 1958 for Michigan State University art professor William Gamble and his family. It has an internationalist flair as you can see from the historic photo below. This was about the same time that Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe was designing Lafayette Park in Detroit [more about that project here] and I’m sure his influence was felt here in East Lansing, ninety miles away.
Gamble, who I did not know, was a remarkable guy. He started an arts education program at Jackson prison, traveled to Japan to collect art for the Kresge Museum (precursor to our Broad Art Museum), and was both an avid painter and collector of art. You can see several of his pieces in this estate sale.
The home is ideal for displaying art, as seen above.
Here is a wider view of the same wood-paneled wall.
And now a word on the staging because it is phenomenal! Everything about the way this living room is decorated is inviting and perfectly fits the era of the house. The mix of tailored fabrics on the chair and sectional sofa paired with the leather on the Eames lounge chair and ottoman plus the fur throw equal great texture! The shape of the tables: the hexagonal glass-topped coffee table, the narrow end table with shelving, the console table (is that grasscloth?!) are visually interesting yet tonally soothing. And the books and magazines, the cup of coffee and the impromptu bar set up, the variety of throw blankets — all absolute perfection!
The current seller – Melissa Itsell – did a phenomenal job of renovating this house, putting in over $100,000 in updates. She did it smartly, though; honoring what was unique about this property. The texture of the above wall, seen in the living room and also the entry, is one example. It reminded me a little bit of Hildi’s wild idea on Trading Spaces to slap hay on the wall with wallpaper glue. I thought that was the weirdest thing then and am eating my words now. This is abstract and really, very cool.
There is so much more to this house that I intend to share it in more than one post so you, dear reader, don’t become overwhelmed. Stay tuned!