About MCSM

In 2005, this blog began as a “Meanwhile Back at the Ranch” a houseblog chronicling our adventures in renovating a 1950’s blonde brick ranch in central Denver, Colorado. Back then (before Mad Men, gasp!) there wasn’t as much information out there about the look and feel of mid-century homes and so we tried to pull information together for the rest of the Mid-Century fanatics out there. You’ll find our older posts are full of photos of our house, family and renovation dramas, but I’ve left up the ones I thought there might be some good content in. Most of the remodeling and home improvement posts are in these older posts.

As time marched along this blog morphed into it’s current state as a magazine about all things Mid-Century with an emphasis on preservation and recreation of lost styles and passions from the the 1950’s and 1960’s. We try to bring you current events on preservation of commercial as well as residential buildings in danger and we hope to educate people on preserving and not destroying your homes historical value.

As we traveled the country, we  discovered an often overlooked part of Mid-Century Preservation and that was Mid-Century Motels. These are fabulous “Mom and Pop” motels across the country – some of which have been lovingly preserved or restored and play host to fabulous affordable lodging. What we found is that most of these establishments have little or no advertising budget and so don’t get the promotion they deserve to weary travelers. So, we’ve created “Mid-Century Motels” as well as bringing you articles and reviews about these establishments. We hope that you remember to email us any finds you make as you travel too!


Mary-Frances Main, Mid-Century Enthusiast, Internet Marketing specialist, and Fiber artist.

Her articles have been featured on Divine Caroline and is a regular contributor there, as well as Posh Mama and is a National and Local Examiner as well! She  has been maintaining her original blogs since 2004. With varied interests (and an entrepreneurial spirit) she writes and maintains 3 blogs:

  • Mid Century Style Magazine – a resource, blog and board for mid-century enthusiasts.
    • Mid-Century Motels – Listing of fabulous Mid-Century motels and hotels across the country.
  • Art Abandoned – her art and books blog
  • Denver Parent – A resource for parents new to the area, parents who are expecting or have babies and parents going through life changes (single parents, kids with special needs, etc).

She runs a successful internet marketing consulting business as well as publishing company – find out more at www.widgetinc.com.

She also “tweets” regularly as: @art_abandoned, @denverparent and most importantly at @midcenturystyle and you will find her active on most of the Social Media websites.