Friday, January 29

2016: After Mad Men...

...and mid-century modern is STILL alive and well!

Jeez, as early as 2011 there were modern look decriers!

After the Mad Men wrap, style & decor geeks went a little wild trying to be the first to announce that Mid-Century Modern-- THE TREND-- Is Dead.

Or not.  This piece from CURBED last April gets a lot of it right, and why mid-century MODERN (not mid-century Colonial, Mediterranean or the other dozen mash-ups of styles between the 30's and 80's) is a way of feeling: SMART, sleek, sexy, fast-- low-slung if you will and YOUNG-- at heart.

So although this year's style mavens are treading a little more lightly on the "classic" MCM furniture greats (at least) I'd say it's a sure bet that last year's big trends:
  • Unique, one-of-a-kind period pieces
  • Renovations of period pieces (over-painting laminate)
  • Revival innovations
...will continue and expand.

Chrome base white credenza

White over-painting on vintage credenza cabinet

Custom couch from original 50's pattern 

Sunday, September 22

Today's Inspiration...

Sometimes I find great ideas on blogs that appear to have faded away.  Such is the case with the find "Today's Inspiration".   If you love the art of the 40's and 50's -- and I do-- check it out!


Saturday, January 5

Romantic Modern -- FINALLY!

For at least two years I've been working to put together romantic and modern.  This must be the same urge home decorators had in the 50's and 60's when they found the sparse and uncluttered lines of mid-century Danish leaving their homes full of flesh and blood people (not designers) feeling unwelcome somehow.

Why we who live with at least one foot outside the highly vaulted walls of pure aesthetics need the curved and luscious, may be an answer only social scientists or neuropsychologists can answer, but I know I crave something soft and glittering with my clean and elegant; if you're on a budget or your decorator is skiing in St. Moritz this week, somehow you have to find it for yourself!

Today, on the interior goods site Graham & Brown, I found this pairing of Art Nouveau and Mid-century modern and nearly gasped!

Of course for the modernist this makes sense, modern is modern is modern, and Art Nouveau was one of the earliest reductions from decoration, but to see them together-- and in this wonderful combination of wall treatment and furniture-- really, I feel so vindicated.

Sunday, December 30

Grain Edit

Stumbled across this Wordpress blog today. So far looks wonderfully populated with vintage images from the 50's through 70's. Lots of inspiration potential...

Saturday, December 29


I'm a numbers person.  I like the way they work, one-dimensional and easy to interpret.  I'm also a visual person and numbers are graphic and unadorned.  So from a strictly personal point of view the year 2013 looks nice, but for all the childhood and illogical reasons behind it, the idea of seeing the number "13" a dozen times a day for the next year somehow makes me feel nervous! 

That said, let me add that I'm also a practical person, so I'm rolling out a general New Year's Theme (resolution for handling that scary "13" imbedded) for the Year: BLOCKBUSTER: Use fear and frustration to break up blocks and create a great future!

So from here on every time I stumble over a complication in my day I'm not going to just feel frustrated (or fleetingly worry that somehow the whole year is "doomed").  I'm going to see it as an opportunity to break through whatever habit set me up for the stumble and choose to do things differently RIGHT NOW!

What will this mean for my business and collection decisions?  Personal life and home decor?

Who knows, but at least things will be different and for me, that's ALREADY a great start for the New Year!