Interior Design 

Fabulous acrylic Modern Christmas Trees

Matt Bliss, has been selling acrylic Modern Christmas Trees based on his grandfather Bud’s mid-1960s design since 2011.   The trees feature a sleek design and fabulous reflective decorative elements.  They are a great holiday decorative element for people who live in modern homes or sleek apartments or who simply want something different and with a creative sleek look. Modern Christmas Tree designer, architect, and engineer Lawrence “Bud” Stoecker spent the majority of his professional life building A-frame modern homes in the Rocky Mountains. The Christmas tree he designed was a…

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Retro Travel 

Retro Roadtrip: The Historic Route 66 Motel, Tucumcari, NM

The Historic Route 66 motel was built in the International Style that was enormously popular in the mid 20th Century.  In typical Palm Springs fashion, each room except the suites feature curtain wall, floor to ceiling windows. You can just see Don and Megan Draper pull up out front for a 60’s weekend away! The lobby is probably one of the most distinctive mid-century modern (MCM) public spaces in any small economy motel built during the 1950’s and 60’s.  Minimalist in design, the motel is a fabulous example of early…

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Lifestyle 

Mid-Century Photo Friday: It’s Cocktail time!

Happy Friday! We ran across this fabulous ad on our Pinterest page! It inspired us to post a Whiskey Sour Recipe for our Friday afternoon libations! There’s even a video over on About.com on how to make one! Whiskey Sour: Prep Time: 2 minutes Total Time: 2 minutes Yield: 1 Cocktail Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz whiskey 1 1/2 oz lemon juice 3/4 oz sugar syrup Maraschino cherry for garnish Preparation: Pour the whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a…

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Architecture Preservation 

Pasadena Heritage presents Pasadena 1940 Forward

This spring, Pasadena Heritage will offer unique programs in a Getty-initiated celebration of the city’s modern architectural heritage through exhibitions and programs at cultural institutions in and around L.A. A leading historic preservation organization founded in 1977, Pasadena Heritage will host a three-part lecture and panel discussion on May 16 and an architectural tour of modern-era homes on May 19. Oral histories will also be recorded and published. Modern Architecture in L.A. is a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous…

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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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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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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 

February and Mid-century around the web

Every once in a while we like to just surf the web and see what’s happening in other Mid-Century News… Irving Harper book release Collectors Weekly has a really cool article about Irving Harper, the uncredited inventor of the Marshmallow Sofa and Sunburst Clock who made waves with his wild, whimsical paper sculptures of animals, masks, and Cubist abstractions. Now, an upcoming coffee-table book lets anyone tour his home and his private collection of handmade art. We’ve got the story of how Harper bolstered George Nelson and Herman Miller furniture—plus…

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Mid century toy box

These are totally sold out and it’s too late for Christmas, but if all those new Christmas toys are taking over the house, this might be a good New Years gift! 🙂 Update: For some reason the link to the toybox is gone, but Kiersten (see comments) is at Etsy and always has these and other pieces available! Woo hoo! Send me your pics if you decide to buy one, so I can drool!

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Pam's 1st annual Useless but Wonderful Contest

Well, the holidays are kicking in here….and I’ve been a little slack about my houseblog. I realized today that I’d been missing a ton when I found out about this: Pam at Retro Renovation’s 1st Annual Useless but Wonderful contest!  So, here’s my submission…and yes, I’ve had this sitting around in the house for 7 years. I have NO idea what to do with it and really don’t want to cut it up. So, here it sits…I LOVE the artwork and can’t bear to find anything to do with it….

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