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How to decorate for Christmas Retro Style

We had a tour around our followers and followees on Pinterest yesterday and found some fabulous and wonderful approaches to decorating for the holidays in Retro Style. Typical of our Mid-Century Friends, some did it kitchy style, while some took a more minimalist approach, but all of these did a wonderful job of doing up their homes for the holidays! See more on our Christmas Pinterest board    

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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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Retro Travel 

Mid-Century Motel Monday: Mamaroneck Motel, New York

One of our favorite parts of Mid-Century travel is finding those fabulous out of the way motels for an affordable price. One of our biggest challenges on our trip back east was finding something near New York City. We knew we wanted to stay close by – because we were spending the day in Manhattan. Just 21 miles north we found the Mamaroneck Motel. Although the website doesn’t do it justice, it’s a fabulous retro motel that you wouldn’t notice if you didn’t know it was there. The motel has…

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Lifestyle 

Koop Kooper, the swank meister of the airwaves

A week ago, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Koop Kooper of Cocktail Nation, if you haven’t checked out his podcast and radio show, I suggest you hop right over and check it out, there’s a list of stations his show is available on and you can listen to back episodes on his website. As you sit around an listen to his show, you can also thumb through his book of interviews. Included in the interviews are great chats with El Gato Gomez (one of my favorite artists…

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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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Retro Travel 

Mid-Century Photo Friday: Wyoming Motel, Cheyenne

The Wyoming Motel in Cheyenne Wyoming If you’re interested in adding someplace you stayed to our Mid-Century Motels listings or if you are the owner of a motel you would like to be listed please email us. We’re trying to emphasize not only Mid-Century Motels, but also independently owned motels (although we will make exceptions). We prefer family friendly motels.

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Interior Design 

MidCentury Style on a budget

We’ve seen a resurgence of mid-century style in the past few years, thanks to era-specific shows like AMC’s Mad Men. Since its airing, viewers have had a chance to see how appealing mid-century design really was. Nowadays, you’re hard pressed to find a bar cart for under $300. You can thank Don Draper for that. While the design movement is picking up, it is still highly possible to decorate a mid-century modern room without breaking the bank. It’s all about choosing the right furniture and focal points. I’ve listed some…

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Lifestyle 

GM Heritage Center Images – a retro feast!

Watching the Facebook posts, we came across this treasure trove of fabulous images – the GM Heritage Center has some astounding images for you to look at (seriously, get a cup of coffee and have a long sit). They feature a lot of their old brochures and information on cars! Some fun peaks in to the “future” – too bad we never hit this era, eh? Drooling yet? All images courtesy of the GM Heritage Center

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Lifestyle 

The Essential Fedora: How to Look Classic in this Iconic Hat

The fedora has been back in vogue for quite some time now. We see it in movies and television, from Mad Men to the new Gatsby movie by Baz Luhrmann, not to mention it sits atop the crown of a certain doctor of archeology who happens to be one of America’s most-loved 20th-century action heroes. From Cary Grant to Tom Waits to Johnny Depp, the fedora is the treasured accessory of the independent man–IF you know how to pull it off. When done right the fedora can lend a gentlemanly–and…

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