Lifestyle 

Review: It’s a Mod Mod Mystery! (or two!)

We’re behind on our book reviews and yet we’ve read some fabulous ones lately! If you’re a cozy mystery fan and love to dream of fabulous mid-century decor and fashion, Diane’s books are for you! I already reviewed her first book in this series “Pillow Stalk” but haven’t had a chance to tell you about the next two in the series! “That Touch of Ink”,  (as usual the title is a spoof on a Doris Day movie “That Touch of Mink”! 🙂 ) puts our heroine, interior decorator Madison Night…

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Preservation 

Grooving around the web – a Mid-Century Round up

One of the things we love most about Facebook is seeing all the cool things happening around the Internet – we thought our blog subscribers would love visiting some of these articles too, so we’re going to try to give you the highlights at least a few times a month! Our picks for this week!: Preservation: Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center is endangered. Goshen, N.Y. lawyers are taking a final stab at saving an archetype of midcentury modernist architecture.  Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government center is in the final phases…

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Architecture Preservation 

Googie and neon sign preservation and museums

One of our favorite mid-century things are Googie signs. There are plenty of photos out there, but one thing is certain and it’s that they’re a dying breed and ripe for preservation efforts. In case you’re not familiar with the term, “Googie” architecture, approximately from 1950-1970, is a futuristic or ultramodern derivative of art moderne and International Style architecture, originating in California in the late 1940s. While using the materials and design vocabulary of other contemporary styles, its jaunty forms and bold streamlining evoked a highly optimistic aspiration to an…

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Lifestyle 

Review: Pillow Stalk, Mad for Mod Cozy Mystery

We haven’t done book reviews on Mid-Century style yet, but perhaps that’s because we didn’t know “Pillow Stalk” was out there.   Written by Diane Vallere, this book is custom made for Mid-Century fanatics who enjoy a good cozy mystery! Born on the same date, Interior Decorator Madison Night has modeled her life after Doris Day, but when a killer targets women dressed like the bubbly actress, Madison’s signature sixties style places her in the middle of a homicide investigation. The local hunky and mysterious detective connects the new crimes to…

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Interior Design 

Decorating the kid’s rooms with Mid-Century Style!

Mid-century is a design style that may seem boring to your kids because it’s all about simplicity and minimalism. However, there are many interactive furniture additions that can help you stick with the mid-century motif while keeping your children’s rooms fun. When designing children’s rooms, you must take safety and durability into consideration. What might work for your master bedroom might not work for your kids’ space. Instead of using glass, stick to plastic and plexiglass. Keep it geometrical when choosing furniture. Below are some ideas for kids’ rooms: from…

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Interior Design Lifestyle 

Internet Round Up Wednesday!

I read a LOT of blogs – maybe too many – ha ha! I also have Google alerts set up for all my favorite search terms and that’s how I ran across this article on Hollywood Regency Style: Rhan. Vintage Modern, picked up some awesome chairs and does a lovely definition of the Hollywood Regency style – while not Mid-Century, it’s a 30’s style and you can definately see it worked in among mid-century pieces – go check out the article! Pam Keuber over at Retro Renovation – is having…

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Matching Mid-Century Modern needs and wants! Yay!

The good news here in Mid Century style land is that Holly Taylor from National Geographic was able to find a good location for her living room shoot: http://www.danieldonnelly.com/ or Daniel Donnelly has a great showroom with plenty of space to shoot an “emergency” mid-century living room. Check out my post on the subject if you missed all the action! Oh, be sure to go over and drool (you KNOW I need that sofa in the photo). What a find – great stuff! I want to thank Michael (a new friend…

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