Lifestyle 

How to stock a Mid-Century cocktail bar for the summer

It’s summer and this long winter we seem to have depleted our bar selection, so it’s time to stock up!  So, what do you need to stock the perfect Mid-Century Bar? The Alcohol Selection: Gin Vodka Rum Bourbon Scotch Tequila Sweet vermouth Dry vermouth Cointreau For the non-mixed drink crowd: White wine Red wine Beer Essential Mixers and garnishes: Cranberry Orange Tomato Cola Lemon-lime Ginger ale Tonic Seltzer Margarita mixer (frankly I find it’s easier to buy it than make it) Green pitted olives Lemons and Limes: Slice them up…

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Architecture 

1950’s Modernism: A guide for the clueless.

What is characteristic of Modernist architecture? Do the major design features involve steel and glass? Was the design machine-inspired? (does it look somewhat like a machine?) Do the upholstery’s and fabrics look like those found at www.maharam.com? Does the design lack unnecessary details? Does its form follow its function? Does the design emphasize linear qualities? Are there a lot of horizontal and vertical lines? So, when exactly did Modernism develop as an architectural style? Modernism gained popularity after WWII and its influence is most exemplified by corporate buildings. Who are…

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Interior Design 

Mid-Century Photo Friday: How to build a color scheme

Taken from the “Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book” Copyright 1956, we thought we’d turn Mid-Century Photo Friday into a learning experience. This week we see how to build a color scheme – do you decorate your modern home this way today? What do you think of these ideas: Resources About MCSM Mid-Century Motels Advertising or Article Ideas Lifestyle Architecture Interior Design Mid-Century Photo Friday Home Repair & Remodel Retro Travel Preservation Mid-century photo Friday: Interior Decorating, lesson on color Mar 15th, 2013 | By mfmain | Category: Interior Design,…

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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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Lifestyle 

Online Vintage Fabric Stores: for interior decoration and crafting fun!

We were looking around the internet for something fun and interesting to write about and in a crafty mood, I said “fabric”! 🙂 Of course etsy and Ebay have fabulous things, but where to reliably shop online for these? There are lots of sites with really old fabric, but Mid-Century is a bit harder to track down. Here are just a few of the sites we found: Contemporary Cloth They have a goal to provide a resource for interesting, contemporary/modern and retro-look textiles for home or office, and original textiles…

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