My grandfather was Dean of Architecture at the University of Florida.
He gave his students extra credit for helping build his family home in 1951. What you can't see from the picture below is what made it the coolest home in Florida before the popularity of air conditioning.
Each morning my grandfather took out a long pole and cranked open the front windows above the family room (you can see them on the front of the house in the first picture and my dad's family is standing under the windows from inside the house in the second picture). Then he would push the sliding glass doors that spanned the whole length of the back of the house into their pocket, opening up the family room to the screened-in porch creating a perfect cross breeze - and a much larger house. The three bed rooms also had pocket glass doors that opened up to the back porch.
The home was filled with mid-century modern furniture and accessories. So many great colors, lines, textures... all there for me to enjoy in the 70's and 80's when I would go visit.
Mid-century design is my inspiration - it makes my heart beat just little faster. That is what I strive for in my designs. Simple, but not minimal. Saturated colors that look great all by themselves or paired together. Complex textures. Modern style.