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Design Details // Vintage Travel Poster Art – Aloha Hawaii

I have a special affinity for vintage poster art. Old movies, concerts, advertising images, political propaganda – I love what graphic artists do. And I love the way this kind of art can easily give a space a point of view. Vintage poster art is usually graphic and vividly colorful. It also frequently captures the nostalgia of a bygone era, so it can bring immediate warmth and charm to a room.

I love the color combination and ruggedly adventurous feeling of this one!

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When I am helping my clients find art that is meaningful to them and gives me an exciting design direction, I often like to find out about their heritage, and the stand-out places in their memories.Then I see if I can find a vintage travel poster that reflects it. An actual vintage one is great if they are looking at it is a collectible piece, but a well-framed quality reproduction will also work. For some current clients who have just doubled their square footage and are in need of a lot of new art, Hawaii is the place. I hope they can choose just ONE of these images. We want the overall vibe to be eclectic, not “Tiki Ti!”!

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The image above is my favorite candidate. The bright colors and optimistic spirit of it would make it a great focal point in the Playroom that a little boy and girl will share. This blue and red one below could also work well to energize white walls.

Hawaii 3 This next image with the hula dancer is a bit more expected. The iconic symbol of Hawaii makes it a bit less interesting to me than the other choices, but I was drawn to this one by the color. We have a lot of blue in the house, and the orange would complement a couple of our areas beautifully.Hawaii 4All images are posters that can be found at All Posters. To personalize a search on the site, type in “vintage travel” and add the location that may evoke some good memories of your own.

 

Current Project // Eichler House

I’m very excited about this project that me and the team are working on – my first involving an architecturally significant house! Joseph Eichler was a mid-century housing developer who was intent on bringing good design to the post-war masses. He built some 11,000 homes in tracts in his day. The relatively few Eichlers that remain are highly sought after for the way they epitomize Mid-Century California architecture.IMG_5626The house that I am lucky enough to be working on has all the hallmarks of the Eichler style, including a very private front that unfolds upon entry into a beautifully transparent dwelling. There is an interior atrium, and glass walls that invite the eye to travel straight through the house’s interior Living and Dining area to a sparkling pool in the backyard. A connection between the indoors and the outdoors is often something I strive for in my interiors, but in this case, Eichler and the talented architects he hired have more than done the work!IMG_5606Still, there are many things that need updating with this old house, and my client is ready to make an as yet sparsely furnished space feel much more like a home for herself and her family. A kitchen remodel (in which we kept the original foot-print) is almost complete, and room by room, we are decorating the house. IMG_5616My client has a wonderful appreciation for Mid-Century furniture and has acquired a few ,key pieces so far, but told me from the start that she didn’t want her house to look like a Mad Men set! The decorating is a mix of vintage pieces along with new furniture and rugs in a modern eclectic style.
IMG_5576Thank you to Ilse Helgen for taking these cool pictures. She gave me the “Before” pictures I asked her to snap, and then threw in some art!

Catch Natasha Jansz on HGTV's "HOUSE HUNTER'S RENOVATION" October 28th 10pm/9c