Unique original features and a mix of vintage and new décor make this 1958 MCM home in Idaho sparkle for the holidays—and beyond.
It’s a wonderful life in this 1958 home, situated in the Randolph-Robertson subdivision of Boise, Idaho.
The neighborhood was created during the post-World War II/Korean War “boom” and was named after the men who developed the area: W. Orth Randolph and the Robertson brothers.
After walking through this mid-century gem in 2012, Jessica Luque, interior designer and owner of Stussi Luque Design, along with her husband, Sam, knew it would be their “forever home.”
“We immediately fell in love with all the original features throughout the home; and, because I’m an interior designer, I had a vision for what we could keep and what we could improve,” says Jessica.
Filling the home wasn’t an issue for Jessica and Sam, who had been collecting mid-century furniture and décor for years before buying the house.
“We never had a huge budget or super-fancy, famous pieces, but we did collect affordable pieces we loved,” says Jessica. “We spent a lot of time shopping at thrift stores and estates—that is, when you could still find mid-century treasures no one else wanted. Our friends joke that we finally bought the house to fit our collection of mid-century décor!”
A Loving History
The home was built by Al Smart, along with the original (and only previous) homeowner, Bill Stith. Bill and his wife, Roberta, lived in the home with their three children until they passed away. Many unique, original features shine on in the home, including the kitchen, dining room banquette bar, living room cabinetry and sandstone fireplace.
“All our surrounding neighbors knew the family well and have shared stories with us about the Stiths,” Jessica shares.
MCM Holiday Home in Idaho: Rockin’ Around the Tinsel Tree
When the holidays roll around, Jessica and Sam love to pull out their vintage ornaments and décor, sourced from antique shops, yard sales, and friends and family (including a whole set of pink glass globe ornaments from Sam’s grandmother that he inherited after she passed away). In addition to having a real tree each year, “the pink-and-silver tinsel tree, as well as the aluminum trees, always come out. They feel very fitting to the 1950s vibe of the home,” Jessica notes.
To keep the cheer going throughout the season, the Luque family loves to listen to records while cozying up by the fire or decorating their trees. Jessica keeps her collection of vintage Pyrex, along with serving trays and bakeware, in the original dining room hutch. She loves to use these for all to enjoy during Christmas parties at the home.
How to Find Vintage MCM Holiday Décor Items
Here are some tips for sourcing vintage seasonal treasures:
- Whenever possible, sourcing your vintage finds locally saves on both packaging and costly shipping, and it’s also environmentally friendly. Try searching for nearby pieces on Craigslist or local Facebook groups, and make sure to keep checking year-round. You never know when someone might need to off-load a whole collection of vintage treasures.
- As with finding any vintage treasures, consistent hunting is key: Enjoy the search, and search often! Visit your favorite antique malls, swap meets, flea markets, etc. right after the holidays to catch sales.
- Are you looking for something specific? Try searching on Etsy or eBay, but be sure to thoroughly read the description, shipping information and seller reviews before purchasing. Don’t be afraid to ask the seller questions.
- Think outside the Christmas “box” (er, “present”?), and remember that certain colors can read “holiday” if styled correctly. Greens, reds, golds, whites and silver hues already in your home can be a part of the holiday display.
Looking for more MCM holiday home inspiration? Don’t miss All About Aluminum Christmas Trees and Shiny Brites 101: A Beginner’s Guide to the Vintage Ornaments. And of course, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest for more Mid Century Modern inspiration!