- measuring tape
- birch veneer plywood
- circular saw
- 2 x 4's
- portable drill with a phillips head screwdriver bit
- piano hinge
"Why, of course. Just allow me to wind it up for you."
At least, that's what I WOULD say, if I snagged myself a pair of these Salt & Pepper Bots. "[These] condiments have come to life! They will waddle wherever you tell them to,so the next time someone wants the pepper, wind up the key, and pepper they shallhave! Mercilessly marching towards them like the terminator, more of a threat to dull
tastes than the human race."Continue Reading
Plan 59 is an online museum and gift shop of mid-century illustrations and art. Full of vintage advertising images, sales literature, and just plain old retro art, it's the kind of place in which you can get lost for hours. They even have a collection entitled "Decor" where you can resource and get inspiration for your own mid-century spaces.
Hearts. How very country, no? No. In fact, hearts were very big in the mid-century. Even Alexander Girard jumped on the peace train and took inspiration from the folksy heart and gave it a bold and playful mid-mod twist. You can add some Girard love to your space with the help of Urban Outfitters. The International Love Pillow (pictured above) features the word for 'love' in 19 different languages and measures a generous 17" square. Continue Reading
Photo Images: Zach Dobson Photography
Who wouldn't love these authentic Mid Century Modern Bullet Lights? They really MOD-ify a room, especially in orange. Big drawback - they are uni-directional spotlights and may cause your partying house guests to either go blind or confess to a crime they didn't commit. My friend Baz, MCM aficionado Continue Reading
Amish-made gliding rocking chairs are super comfortable, will last years, and no matter how hard you try, will never match any contemporary decor.
But rocking is fun, even for modernists! For a softer version than the standard Eames Rocker, check out this one from Bo Concept:
Elvis's mid-mod digs is a far cry from Graceland. Located in Las Vegas, the home was actually owned by the International Hotel (later The Hilton Hotel). It was the rest stop for entertainers that frequented the strip. Entertainers like Dean Martin and, yes, Elvis. Because of the King's occupation, the house became known as 'The Elvis House'. A few years back, when the houseContinue Reading
WHAT, you might ask, does a mid-century artist of Mondrian's magnitude have to do with a 70's sit-com? Well, the Partridge family bus just happened to be painted in the unmistakeable Mondrian style. As far as this unlikely union producing an afghan offspring, that Becky's doing. She started with a pattern at Lion Brand, changed some colors and sizes, and then got busy crocheting. Done in the Tunisian stitch, the outcome is quite remarkable. Continue Reading
I was at my local craft store the other day looking of retro scrapbook paper. They had one. ONE. A search of the internets, however, uncovered Apple Scrapbook, which has a dozen darling retro scrapbook papers you can download for free. Perfect for virtual scrap-booking, of course, but also great for craft projects.Continue Reading
Anne Ditmeyer over at design*sponge recently interviewed Mad Men's Adam Rowe, an art assistant on the show. As you can imagine, recreating the mid-century in such detail is a challenge, but from how Adam describes it, it's also a blast! Continue Reading
When we think of Ikea, we probably think modern, affordable, flat-packed furniture. Of course not everything Ikea sells is flatly packed and some of it evokes a modern of the mid-century variety. Here's a couple of cases in point. Pictured above is the Docksta Dining Table ($149) and below is Eero Saarinen's white laminate Tulip Table ($1,543.00).
Most people don't think about their mailboxes much. And why should they? Mostly they're just repositories for unwarranted credit card applications and announcements for rug cleaning services. On the other hand, whether the box is the kind that hangs next to your front door or, like mine, it's on a post at the end of the drive, mailboxes are often the first thing that greets visitors to your home. If it's time to reassess your postbox presentation, you might want to start with some of these offerings, which have a very Palm Beach circa 1950's feel. (Each are made in New Zealand, but can be shipped anywhere in the world.)Continue Reading