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A Crash Course in Mid-Century Modern Design, and How You Can Get the Look

by Kate Wagner
A Crash Course in Mid-Century Modern Design, and How You Can Get the Look
Drawing of a Suburban House from a 1953 issue of House + Home
Photo from the archives of the author.

Mid-Century Modernism is ubiquitous - from Ikea to West Elm, Architectural Digest to Houzz, the sleek, clean style remains atop interior design charts almost ten years after its resurgence began (often accredited to the onset of Mad Men in 2007). This article provides a crash course in the movement's important figures, as well as some tips on how to get the mid-century look in your home without paying a fortune. 

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How to: Decorating in the Industrial Style

by The Good Mod

The industrial style in nothing new, but recently, it has become a popular choice for home and office decor.  Just walk into any design related, small or big box store and you will find a plethora of industrial themed pieces.  These stores are trying to mass-produce old industrial furniture, but many people prefer original pieces for the stories they tell and the character they maintain.  So, the question is - what do I need to know before I buy?

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Getting Mid-Century Right

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

colors

Forget about your original Eames chair and Wormley sofa for a minute. If your design goal is authentic mid century modern, you need to start with the available color palettes of the day. Today, we tend to take modern liberties with our interpretation of retro. If you're a mid-century purist, or simply curious about what colors were offered, RetroRenovation has found original advertisements for the modern homeowner of the 1950s, 1960s, and even the 1970's from Motorola, Eichler Homes, Kohler, and St. Charles kitchen cabinets.

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How To Mix Up Mid Century Modern

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To Mix Up Mid Century Modern

 

Mid Century Modern has been my style for about, well, umm...a long, long time. I've learned not everyone shares this passion with me. So, when I saw this post over on ApartmentTherapy, I thought using the word 'upgrade' may cause some commentary controversy since many would deny that Mid Century could even possibly be considered to be an upgrade.

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The Most Valuable Thrift Store Shopping Tip

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

The Most Valuable Thrift Store Shopping Tip

Photo: ApartmentTherapy

This ApartmentTherapy photo is featuring wallpaper. To me, it screams "buy both of them" in reference to the chairs. I've said it before, here on Curbly, and I'll say it again, ALWAYS buy a pair if they're available.

One of my upholstery students arrived last week with a beautiful maple, mid century modern Conant Ball chair she just purchased at Goodwill. An unusual and exceptional find at Goodwill! 

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