Spec House
surface area
3790 sq. ft.
Iowa City
project Type
New Construction
Jul 5, 2019

Parade Home Silver Winner - Parade of Homes 2019

A boho-styled home, this spec home was designed to be playful and rich with character.

Mid-Century Boho Design

The Mid-Century modern movement was a reflection of organic forms and creating  interior spaces that bring the outdoors in. Its style used simplicity and natural shapes to create whimsical contours. This unconventional style featured casual and free-form designed spaces with rich colors, bold textures, and mismatched patterns.

Materials and design are understated, echoing the 1960s populace desire that created the Mid-Century modern style. “We wanted to embrace new and modern,” explains Amy Pretorius, Builder and Designer of the home. “I wanted to use materials that had clean lines and a minimal appearance.” Because the mid-century modern style reflected organic and geometric patterns, Amy used materials like wood and metal to bring visual focus to the room. Natural elements such as in the kitchen with walnut cabinetry contrasting with unique shaped marble tile backsplash and marble-like quartz counters. Different colored hardware was used on the upper white-painted cabinetry and lower wood-stained cabinetry creating an organized layer to the design.

From entry, the foyer showcases industrial design elements with architectural patterns and natural colors. A custom metal welded railing circles the U-shaped staircase. Natural, neutral color palates include muted colors in warm tones of light beige complimenting the bleached oak hardwood flooring. The flooring is laid in a vintage herringbone pattern rich with character and detail.

The clean lines, organic curves, mix-and-match materials and multifunctional designs of mid-century modern are the perfect match for today’s lifestyle. These simple, well-designed spaces are timeless, still fresh and a popular trend of today’s homeowners.

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