Style Guide- S.4: Modern Mid-Century

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The Mid-Century Modern style is trending thanks to a variety of pop culture influences including the acclaimed TV show “Mad Men” (a personal favorite).

Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks), Lane Pryce (Jared Harris), Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), Roger Sterling (John Slattery), Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Betty Francis (January Jones) and Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) - Mad Men - Season 5 - Gallery - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

This style spanned a roughly 25 year period in the middle of the 20th century, from the mid-1940s to 1970. It can be identified as simple, clean and uncomplicated, with a futuristic twist. Mostly seen in California, the Mid-Century Modern style shines brightest in places like Palm Springs. Having just visited, I reveled in the mid-century modern architecture and amazing design boutiques giving center stage to this style!

Houses in this style are characterized by “butterfly roofs”, large sliding glass doors, open floor plans with changing elevations and a seamless integration with the outdoors.

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Butterfly Roof

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Large Sliding Glass Doors

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Changing Elevation

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Open Floor Plan

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Seemless Intergration with the Outdoors

Mid-Century Modern furnishings were stripped down to their essential forms, with no excess detailing or unnecessary flourishes, highlighting their clean lines and architectural structure. A few masters who created some timeless, quintessential pieces include:

Charles & Ray Eames: the Molded Fiberglass Armchair, designed for Herman Miller

Fiberglass chair

Harry Bertoia: the Diamond Chair

Diamond Chair

Arne Jacobsen: the Egg Chair

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Le Corbusier: the LC-4 Chaise Longue

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Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe: the Barcelona Chair

Barcelona Chair

Eero Saarinen: the Womb Chair

womb chair

Iconic pieces like these can still be found integrated into today’s homes. Originals are of course extremely costly and sought after, but impressive knock-offs are easily available as well.

Re-creating the Mid-Century Modern look in your home is not trivial. Most people don’t want to live in a home that looks like it’s from another era. I’ll show you examples of how to get a retro-inspired look without feeling like you’re living in a time capsule.

Inspiration Photos – Mid-Century Modern Done Right!

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Modern Mid-Centruy Accessories/Furniture Pieces

If you dont want an all-out Mid-Century Modern style in your home, intergrate one or two of these pieces into yuor room for a modern eclectic look.

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This piece could be used as a buffet in your dining room or even a TV console.

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This lamp has a great shape and would look amazing just about anywhere!

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Modern Mid-Century was known for bright, bold patterns. I love this one because its colors and pattern are extremely relevant today.

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Remeniscent of the Eames Lounge Chair (1956), this office chair would be a great addition to any desk!

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The hexagonal pattern seen here is a popular one for this style.

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How fun is this multi-tierd table?

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The sunburst light fixture has become extremely popular in homes of all styles. This fixture brings a whimsy modern touch to any room.

 

 

Style Guide: Modern Farmhouse

 

Welcome to the second edition of my Style Guide Series where I highlight a trending style and describe what makes it unique.  Hopefully you can use this series to hone in on your likes and dislikes and identify your own style!

My first installment featured what I like to call “Industrial Chic”, the blend of urban edge and utilitarian design.  This week, I’ll be focussing on a style I like to call “Modern Farmhouse.”  Modern Farmhouse delivers rustic and nostalgic elegance with a fresh, modern twist.

Currently this is my favorite style as I often find myself gravitating towards these elements and “pinning” examples on my boards.  You may be asking, which characteristics are associated with Modern Farmhouse?  Crisp whites and contrasting blacks, painted wood paneling, muted florals, pops of “barn red,” hand-forged metals, farm or apron front sinks, and antique bronze finishes, just to name a few.  I believe this modern farmhouse style is currently popular because of its comfy lived-in feel achieved through recognizable elements, but done in a clean and minimalistic way.

Here are some beautiful examples of this Modern Farmhouse style.

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Modern Farmhouse Items to incorporate into your home….

Anson+Side+Chair

Nantucket+Beverage+Dispenser

3+Tier+Stand

Safavieh-Feuille-Sideboard

EMB+RING+RED+10.25D+PIE+PLT+GB

Preston+Wall+Organizer

Personalized+Brantley+Drinking+Jar

6+Bottle+Tabletop+Wine+Rack

Elmwood+Storage+Basket+in+Denim

Daniella+Stool

 Roscoe+Pendant

Set+of+4+berry+baskets

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Style Guide: Industrial Chic

Welcome to my first installment to my Style Guide series, where I take a closer look at unique styles for your home!

One of my favorite current trends is “Industrial Chic” decor. Industrial Chic blends the urban edge of utilitarian design with the warmth of aged woods and worn textures. The easiest way to add industrial elements to your home is through accessories. Industrial accessories can be mixed with just about any style. In traditional settings, it can bring a masculine, modern edge. Conversely in a modern setting, it can add depth and warmth. 

Here are some examples of this new style, Industrial Chic….

1. Sepia-tones gives this bedroom a vintage look. The iron globe chandelier, worn suitcases and counterpoised tasks lamps are all elements of industrial decor.

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3+Piece+Liverpool+Trunk+Set

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counterposied task lights

counter-poised task lights

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iron globe chandelier

2. This great room is an example of how you can use industrial finishes such as the exposed architectural beams and industrial hood. The worn, greige (grey + beige) hardwood floors are the perfect foundation for the mix of woods in the room. Last but not least, the iron-swivel stools with rustic wood seats are great industrial accessories!

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the exposed bulb gives this fixture an industrial edge.

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3. Although subtle, this kitchen has industrial elements in its lighting and dining furniture.

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dining chair

pendant

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4. These dining spaces incorporates fun industrial/vintage metal chairs. You can buy or paint them in a variety of shades to add color to your room.

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metal chairs

Other examples of “Industrial Chic”…..

Shelving

 

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DIY Shelving

 Accent Tables

2-Piece+Dawson+Nesting+Table+Set

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Lighting

Luca+Wall+Lantern

LOVE sign

 Upholstered Items

Traveler+Ottoman

 

Brenton+Leather+Arm+Chair

worn leather

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textural natural textiles, linen & burlap

Now that you’re an “Industrial Chic” expert, see if you can spot the elements in these spaces….

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dining room