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We're as nosy as the next person about the insides of people's homes. That's why we bring you a hot property pick each issue. This month: a mid-century lover in Tucson shares her favorite resources and finds. Story and photos by Rachel Miller.



Step inside Jennifer and Raul's 1955 midtown home and you might just expect a gimlet to appear in your hand. It's all there: the mid-century cool lines of Lane and Paul McCobb, as well as era and contemporary pieces by George Nelson. And then you catch the modern additions: the band posters, the family-created art pieces, the splash of color provided by a modern sofa and retro cushions, all keeping this home in the here and now.

Mid-century furniture is Raul's passion. He can often be found on the weekend scouring estate sales or Tucson's antique stores in hopes of scoring the perfect piece to fit in their home.

jenniferraul11 Who they are: Jennifer has lived in her midtown Tucson home since 2010. She shares it with husband Raul.

About the home: Built in 1955, 2,000 square feet

Describe your style: Mid-century modern, which is perfect for this house since it was built in that era. We try to break it up with some contemporary bits, so it doesn't end up looking too dated.

Your fave thing about your home? For me, it's definitely the backyard. I also love the open space and light of the kitchen and living room. For Raul, it's the exposed brick and vaulted wood ceiling in the living room and bedrooms.

Biggest splurge? The dual AC/heating unit in the office, which was a necessity since it had no heating and cooling.

Best Bargain: A side table by [mid-century designer] Paul McCobb, worth a lot more than the whopping $8 Raul paid for it at an estate sale.

My DIY moment: Taking out some of the dated pieces of hardware, like inside shutters that blocked the light coming in from the outside. Also, replacing the pendant lamps over the dining room table. We have yet to undertake any big projects, but have many in mind!


Favorite resources: Estate sales and garage sales. Most of our furniture, except couches and beds, is second hand. Raul collects and refurbishes mid-century pieces as a hobby. We love IKEA and Target for the other bits. And we are fans of M S Upholstery at 316 E. 1st Street, Tucson (Tel: 520 624 6753).

My Tucson treasures: The estate sale companies in town, Pop-Cycle, and Copper Country Antiques and Collectibles Mall.

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From left to right: George Nelson cigar hanging lamp,$269 from amazon.com; Gossip Armchair, $546.98 from allmodern.com; Eames chair and ottoman, $4,559 from Copenhagen Imports; Herman Miller Eames chair, $419 from allmodern.com; 'Always Arizona' poster, $30 (unframed) from Draplin Design Co.


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