When it came to putting the final touches on her picture-perfect ranch house, citrusy shades and offbeat art were photographer Tosca Radigonda's favorite framing devices.
The 1941 ranch house is a mix of modern and vintage touches located in Austin, Texas. In her retro-style kitchen, an orange theme was an easy choice because it makes the owner, Tosca, happy. Her go-to hue effectively sets the tone for the room, from the citrus-printed Roman shade to the tangerine espresso maker. The motif peaks in the room's border, a series of Tosca's pictures of kids eating fruit hung above the cabinets.
After 20 years as a professional photographer, Tosca found her home piling up with the Polaroids taken at all her shoots. They were spilling out of drawers. Her solution? Convert them into documentary art, taped to the wall and held in place permanently with a Plexiglass overlay.
A king-size bed nook framed by ornate molding dominates the master bedroom. It reminds Tosca, who fell in love with the over-the-top design detail and highlighted it with white paint, of a hotel in Miami in the '40s. To act as a counterpoint to its curves, she added angular side tables and a vinyl headboard and bench.
With a paratrooper plummeting from the ceiling via fishing wire and U.S. Army posters on the wall, it's easy to tell who decorated Milan's room: Milan. A World War II buff since age 6, he uses his vast collection of hand-built model airplanes and soldiers to reenact historic battles, complete with sound effects.
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