Places of the Past

 

I absolutely love studying old photographs, books and catalogs for inspiration. I find it fascinating to see how humans have lived, assembled and crafted spaces throughout history. Sometimes very intentionally, other times not at all. 

 Could this wallboard get any better? I'm so eager to design a house sans drywall. Also, fun fact, my childhood bed. is very similar to those above.  Photo by  Nina Leen  for Life Magazine, New York, 1945.

Could this wallboard get any better? I'm so eager to design a house sans drywall. Also, fun fact, my childhood bed. is very similar to those above. Photo by Nina Leen for Life Magazine, New York, 1945.

From bedrooms to street grids, and with what seems like little (to no) resources, generations of people were able to execute, beautiful human-centered spaces. 

 Gathering on the porch at the home of  Edward G. Porter  on Saint George Island, Florida. The home was designed to keep cool, with an elevated foundation and a large, un-obstructed, wrap-around porch. A good example of a typical cracker ranch house constructed in the late 1800's.

Gathering on the porch at the home of Edward G. Porter on Saint George Island, Florida. The home was designed to keep cool, with an elevated foundation and a large, un-obstructed, wrap-around porch. A good example of a typical cracker ranch house constructed in the late 1800's.

 A beautiful expression of early 20th-century American interior architecture. The lighting, the indoor plants, the wood carvings are all so perfect. Source: New York Public Library.  Tompkins Square, girl at card catalog, ca. 1910.

A beautiful expression of early 20th-century American interior architecture. The lighting, the indoor plants, the wood carvings are all so perfect. Source: New York Public Library. Tompkins Square, girl at card catalog, ca. 1910.

 Matching drapery and bedding, makes the most of fabric on-hand and results in a perfectly coordinated room. Photo by Nina Leen, 1945.

Matching drapery and bedding, makes the most of fabric on-hand and results in a perfectly coordinated room. Photo by Nina Leen, 1945.

 A straight-to-the-point, 1920's kitchen.

A straight-to-the-point, 1920's kitchen.

 A very classic Windsor chair. Photo by Nina Leen, 1945.

A very classic Windsor chair. Photo by Nina Leen, 1945.