Rustic home décor has become popular lately, and not just in cabins or mountain homes. Natural elements like wood, glass, iron and wool fill these spaces, and with a bit of strategic decorating they can be totally chic and stylish. And while they can have the tendency to be pricey, we've culled through the internet to find some affordable options. Keep reading to check them out.
Laura's living room was a "basic builder's beige" when she and her family first moved into her home. It is a lovely space and seemed to have nice natural lighting thanks to a couple of long windows that flank her fireplace, but that "builder beige" seemed to act like a sponge, sucking it up
There's nothing like an iconic mid-century classic to set your home apart. Your home can be as contemporary as can be, but add even one Saarinen or Eames piece to your space, and you've connected with a movement. You've invested in a piece that, fifty or sixty years later, looks as elegant, playful, and amazing as it did when it was first unveiled.
'Cept, here's the deal: these guys can be expensive. While you're paying for comfort and style, you're also paying for the time of some of the most talented artists of the 20th century, quality materials, and, true, some copyright.
So, get creative, and make your own mid-century classic!
Corrie Beth's maidenhair fern mobile takes me to a place of tranquility. It's so light and delicate and dreamy, don't you think? As you can probably imagine, the supplies to make one are minimal, and include
It's no secret that we at casa Curbly are big lovers of everything mid-century modern (MCM). The classic, clean lines of this style of furniture make it timeless and easy to blend with different styles. But true MCM pieces can be hard to come by, and even harder to afford. We've rounded up some of our favorite MCM looks for a fraction of the price. And, while nothing beats the quality and durability of a classic MCM piece, these doppelganger will work for you while you save your pennies for a vintage Eames lounge chair or original Saarinen Tulip Table.
Flowing, uncomplicated lines or unruly live edges and hairpin legs are the name of the mid-century table game.
Mid-century lighting is sculptural by nature. Sputnik spindles, graceful arcs, and dramatic statements pieces are hallmarks of MCM lighting.
Simple shapes, nubby wool, sleek wood, and bucket seats are all part of the mid-century seating story. This is an area where you can save money by carefully choosing replicas, but quality is of the utmost importance, and with that the price tags are going to soar a little higher.
Carefully chosen accessories are the glue that will pull a room together and give it a distinctly mid-century feel. Think wooden sculptural pieces, vibrant patterned pillows, and polished brass knick-knacks.
If you have a favorite mid-century look-a-like or a trick for pulling off a MCM-esque room for less, please tell us in the comments below!
Mid-century modern decor is striking, timeless, and a little funky. Here are some DIYs to try to add some MCM flair to your home.
1. Popsicle Stick Honeycomb Shelves
These are awesome and so easy. Grab some sticks and glue and this "how-to" to make them.
These colorful cork coasters are an easy and fun way to bring in a little mid-century vibe to your decor. Click here for the "how-to".
This modern plant stand requires a few tools but it's not too difficult. Here are the instructions.
4. DIY Starburst Wall Clock
Starburst clocks can be expensive, but this DIY version is affordable and looks pretty spot on. Here's the "how-to".
5. Paul McCobb Wine Rack
I know this technically isn't an accessory, but it's just too awesome to leave out. The table is adorable and looks expensive. Check out the tutorial here.
All you need is wood and a jigsaw to make this plant hanger happen.
Remember those fortune tellers you used to fold as a kid? To get this MCM pendant you simply make a ton and glue them to a paper lantern. Here's the full tutorial.
These glasses might be my favorite of them all. Check out the tutorial here.
These colorful candle holders are so easy to make!
I love buying vintage furniture and I often am asked where to look for affordable mid-century furniture and decor. Today I will share with you all the places I look to shop for vintage and reproductions of great MCM pieces.
Vintage Mid-Century Sofas:
I always check Chairish for vintage mid century sofas. They have both high-end and affordable options. I like Chairish better than Ebay for all vintage sofas because Chairish has shipping options and most items are returnable. Search Charish for MCM with these sorting options: furniture, sofa, midcentury, and $-$$$.
1. Vintage Pearsall Sofa - $779
2. Vintage Black Leather Sofa - $550
3. Vintage McCobb Sofa - $800
4. Vintage Tufted Sofa - $1,166
Pros: You get great pieces in good condition. You can negotiate price and even shipping.
Cons: Sometimes the lower priced pieces have flaws and need upholstery. You are limited in your color choice.
1. Craigslist: The above photo is a sofa in my area. The best finds are from personal sellers not dealers. They often need a little love but at prices like $145 they are steals.
2. Estate Sales: You've got to be patient and go often but they can be found.
3. Etsy: This option has pricier sofas and usually don't provide shipping. I always look here because if you search your area, you're likely to find local stores who have Etsy shops.
Get it: $285 at SimplyChi
Vintage Mid-Century Sofa Reproductions:
These are my favorite places to look for reproductions. All of these places have different styles of mid-century sofas and a variety of different colors.
2. Joybird: Very true to style. Preston Sofa - $1,199
2. West Elm: Great options and sales. Peggy Midcentury Sofa - $1,099
Vintage Mid-Century Chairs:
Online affordable vintage chairs often need reupholstering. The good news is that the design of a MCM chair typically needs minimal or simple upholstery therefore being much more affordable to recover than a sofa.
2. Craigslist: Depends on the area, but worth looking.
3. Ebay: shipping is more affordable on chairs. $300 on Ebay
4. Etsy: more shipping options on accent chairs here. $30 on Etsy
5. Estate Sales: Check out your local sales and be patient. I found the above chairs for $36 a pair, but it took me two years of searching.
Mid-Century Chair Reproductions:
Mid-century chair reproductions are everywhere these days. Most major stores are making affordable options available. Here are some of my favorite:
1. Ikea: Mellby Armchair - $279
2. World Market: Xander Armchair - $279
3. Overstock: Cruz Mid Century Chair - $324
4. Target: Sullivan Mid Century Chair - $279
Vintage Mid-Century Dressers:
Mid-century vintage dressers are often hard to find affordably online. Here are the three places I check for affordable options.
2. Craigslist: Search "dresser" instead of mid-century because you don't want to miss the items personal sellers don't know to list as MCM.
3. Estate Sales: I see them often in my area. You need to go on the first day of a sale because these sell faster.
Vintage Mid-Century Dresser Reproductions:
Brand new MCM-style dressers can be pricey too but here are my favorite affordable options.
1. Overstock: Vilas 4-Drawer Dresser - $294
2. Target: Porter Mid Century Dresser - $429
3. Ikea: Oppland Dresser Series - $249
Vintage Mid-Century Dining Tables:
The most affordable options for dining tables are local estate sales, Craigslist, and even thrift stores. Vintage dining tables, in good condition, are pricey online. Here were the few I found.
1. Chairish: Chairish - $349
2. Etsy: Clark Modern - $600
3. Craigslist: (Picture shown from the midwest area)
Vintage Mid-Century Table Reproductions:
Honestly, there are so many reproductions are out there, that this section might be the most affordable option to get the MCM look. Here are some shopping ideas:
1. Article: High quality but a little pricier. Conan Oval Dining Table - $599
2. World Market: limited options but affordable. Flynn Hairpin Dining Table - $449
3. Ikea: There is always a MCM option here. Nornas Dining Table - $199
4. All Modern: a wide variety of options. Manon Dining Table - $519
Vintage Mid-Century Accessories:
The vintage and new MCM accessories are affordable everywhere. Here are places to find them.
1. White Pepper: Etsy - $74
2. Luola: Etsy - $68
3. Modcloth: My favorite vintage accessory shop Modcloth - $34
4. Urban Outfitters: More updated MCM finds Urban Outfitters - $98
5. Wise Apple: Etsy - $24
6. Thrift Store and Estate Sales: Here you can find items for less than $5. Where do you think all these Etsy sellers buy their items?
I hope this helps you find the mid-century piece you're looking for! An even more affordable option for mid-century is DIY. Check out this Roundup of great MCM DIYs on Curbly.
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