Retro Travel 

The Historic Boots Motel, Carthage, MO

If you’ve been a regular reader, you probably remember our articles in 2011 about saving The Boots Motel in Carthage Missouri. Save the Boots Motel In 2011 the bank put the property on the market, and it was snapped up by the current owners, sisters, Debye Harvey and Priscilla Bledsaw. Fans of old Route 66, they had been talking about purchasing a motel and running it as part of their retirement plan. Update on the Boots Motel – Saved On the exterior, in 2012-2013, they raised money to removed the…

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Preservation 

Newton Iowa, a midcentury historic downtown

The Newton Downtown Historic District has been entered in to the National Register of Historic Places, effective September 22, 2014. In 2009, the Newton Historic preservation committee looked within the proposed district of 87 properties. Fred Chabot, chairman of the historic preservation committee, said they began by researching the history of those buildings for the required site inventory forms. The committee’s research showed the best way to move forward was to pitch downtown’s mid-century architectural aesthetic, which was influenced by the success of the Maytag Company and the city’s preparation for…

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Interior Design 

Mad for Mod Contest: Pick atomic color names and win!

Our very own Diane Vallere has a new book coming out and has chosen you as our savvy readers to help her! She needs help picking color names for these fabulous paint colors! In WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL, #3 in the Mad for Mod Mystery Series, Doris Day-loving, mid-century modern interior decorator Madison Night has the opportunity to endorse four paint colors for Paintin’ Place, her neighborhood paint store. But Madison is preoccupied with things like abducted women, renovating a Cliff May house, and choosing between two hunky men….

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Retro Travel 

Phoenicia Lodge is retro fun in the Catskills

Phoenicia Lodge has been on our  Mid-Century Motel directory for a long time – so when we planned a trip through upstate New York, we knew we had to stop and meet up with Brian and Sara who have lovingly restored and cultivated a fabulous Lodge in the gorgeous Catskills! The town of Phoenicia is small and quaint and a lot of fun. We had dinner at Tavern 214, an excellent restaurant there,  and enjoyed walking around the cute stores in the small downtown. As far as the Lodge goes,…

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Retro Travel 

The fabulous retro resorts of Wildwood New Jersey!

Our summer trip began with a place so fun and unique that my 12 year old son now counts it as his favorite place ever. Beaches, amusement parks, restaurants, activities and some of the most fantastic Mid-Century Resort Architecture and Googie signs anywhere! Where do you find all of this? New Jersey! The Wildwoods began developing as a resort in the last decade of the 19th century. Of interest to Mid-Century fans is the building boom began in the 1950s, due partially to the construction and completion of the Garden…

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Architecture 

Houses of Spirits

A sampling of Los Angeles midcentury, atomic, and retro liquor stores by new contributor Diane Vallere. Read more about her here. You don’t have to wait until the cocktail hour to appreciate the influence that midcentury modern style had on liquor stores all over the country, but you may want to act quick. The atomic aspect of these houses of spirits can still be seen, but disrepair, changes in management, and retiring business owners are letting these precious gems disappear. Here’s a sampling from Los Angeles: Not sure when this…

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Landscape Design 

Some Ideas for Midcentury Style Fencing

MidCentury Style welcomes Ted Cleary, ASLA, of Studio Cleary Landscape Architecture as Contributing Writer with this first in a series of periodic articles on midcentury modern garden design: When it comes to creating a period landscape for your midcentury modern home, it’s all about the garden geometry and the hardscaping.  Plants are plants; they don’t care whether they’re part of a “French Chateau” garden design or an “MCM” garden design. (Although some plant species — and certainly, the fashion in which they’re laid out — may seem more suitable for particular styles……considerations which…

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Lifestyle 

Mod it up with ModCloth’s Make The Cut Contest: ‘Prints Charming’

Because we know our readers love ModCloth, we thought you might be interested in this contest! Have you always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer? Well now that dream can come true! The ModCloth Make The Cut program is a recurring design contest that invites the ModCloth Community to design garments, graphics, or fabric prints. Its main purpose is to further their mission of democratizing fashion by producing clothing designed by community members. YOU can become a designer at ModCloth! How does the contest work? Entrants will design a new…

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Lifestyle 

Blame the 50’s for our Credit issues!

Nowadays, receiving a bank credit card is standard procedure upon opening a checking account. But when exactly did bank cards become a part of our culture? Crediting the Mid-Century with the introduction of, well, credit would be historically inaccurate. . .the practice dates back to the late 1800s with inventions such as charge plates and credit coins. The bank card, however, was invented in 1946 by a Brooklyn banker, John Biggins. The card was called “Charg-it” and could only be used locally. Users had to have an account at Biggin’s…

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Interior Design 

The iconic Charles Eames DAR Chair

When you think of iconic furniture designers, for most people, one of the first names that will spring to mind is that of Charles Eames. The American designer, born in 1907, was one of the 20th century’s most celebrated and revered designers of furniture and he was responsible for crafting some of the most recognisable and sought after pieces of designer furniture of his generation. Charles Eames was responsible for countless pieces of designer furniture but he paid particularly close attention to affordable furniture design. One of the most iconic…

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