How To: Make Your Own Mod Eames-Inspired Drinking Glasses!

created at: 04/21/2011

Two birds, one stone?  Puh-lease!  You can’t throw a rock at Mid-Century Modern without hitting at least three Eames pieces.  Maybe more if you’re really good.  While their furniture designs are beyond iconic, Ray Eames’ textile designs are relatively less-so.  Relatively being the operative word.  While throwing down on a bold Eames Dot fabric for a home decor project is probably not in the budget at $135/yard, that doesn’t mean those playful dots can’t find a place somewhere in your home.   Continue Reading

Roundup: A Dozen Mod Knobs

created at: 04/11/2011
Need the perfect knob for that MCM dresser/cabinet makeover? Check these out. Some are reproductions, but two are originals. Can you guess which two? For links to each knob, its specs and retailer, visits the links below.
  1. Knobs-Etc. Atomic Cabinet Knob, $6 
  2., Podium Cabinet Knob, Emtek 86319, $6
  3. The Hardware Hut, Emteck MCM Atomic Knob, Satin Nickel, $5
  4. Rejuvenation, Saturn Cabinet Knob, $8
  5. Rejuvenation, Whale Tail Drawer Pull, $7
  6. Knobs-Etc. Cone Knob, $6-$9
  7. Atlas Homewares, Mod Round Knob, $8.80
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Crestview Doors: Period-Perfect Front Doors for Mid-Century Modern Homes

created at: 07/11/2010

When David and Christiane Erwin remodeled their 1951 cottage a few years ago, they wanted to restore the home to its original, mid-century modern look and feel. Along the way, they ran into a problem … they couldn’t find a period-appropriate front door. They turned this problem into an amazing thing, a company called Crestview Doors

created at: 07/11/2010

After making a replica of a neighbor’s door to fit their own front door frame, the Erwins started building custom doors by hand using only the highest quality materials they could find. Continue Reading

The Perfect Music for the Mid-Century

Last week while meandering through Target, I passed the Lifescapes kiosk. You know, that ‘push the button to hear snippets of a setting-the-mood CD’ deal. Anyway….the cover art of the CD pictured above caught my eye. I pushed the aforementioned buttonassociated with the title, and instantly was transported to the offices of Sterling Cooper. I had to buy it. 

With titles such as How Mabel Get Sabel, Cha-Cha-Cha, and Betty’s Ride, its instrumental lounge-y tone is the perfect accompaniment to sipping an after-hours highball or perusing the pages of Make It! Continue Reading

Getting Mid-Century Right


Forget about your original Eames chair and Wormley sofa for a minute. If your design goal is authentic mid century modern, you need to start with the available color palettes of the day. Today, we tend to take modern liberties with our interpretation of retro. If you’re a mid-century purist, or simply curious about what colors were offered, RetroRenovation has found original advertisements for the modern homeowner of the 1950s, 1960s, and even the 1970’s from Motorola, Eichler Homes, Kohler, and St. Continue Reading

One of the most beautiful homes….ever.

Canna Road Residence by Ray Kappe

Okay, great photography doesn’t hurt either, but this home located in the Brentwood district of LA is probably one of the most stunning homes I’ve ever seen. The mid-century residence was ‘painstakingly restored to incorporate its original natural elements and evocative form.’ It’s constructed of wood, concrete and glass…lots and lots and lots of glass. Check it out:

Contemporaray Interior, Canna Road Residence

Contemporaray Dining Room, Interior Canna Road Residence

Contemporaray Bedroom Interior

For more information about the property, visit Homezine.



Playboy Magazine, July 1961 (MCM Masters)


Do you recognize any of these men? Here’s a hint: Curbly pays homage to three of them in Make It! Mid-Century Modern. Here’s another hint: Take note of the objects they’re sitting in/photographed next to. From left to right,they are George Nelson, Edward Warmley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Rison. They were photographed together for a July 1961 Playboy article that can be read in its entirety aRuksLiving. It’s definitely worth the read. Continue Reading

Airstream Dreams

created at: 2010/01/06

Nothing says mid-century than that silver bullet travel trailer, the Airstream. MWT and I have a dream to procure a smaller ’60’s or ’70’s model and give it the once-over, kind of like what Deb did. But if you don’t have the temerity to jump into a house-on-wheels makeover, you can buy a new Airstream International, which architect Chirstopher Deam has infused with contemporary styling that harkens back to the mid-century (see below). You can read all about Deam’s relationship with Airstream at this old but excellent–if I do say so myself–post. Continue Reading