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

Mid-Century Modern Original Interiors

created at: 03/12/2010

Nothing beats illustrations or photography of original mid-century modern interiors. The grainy pictures, the comic-book quality of the drawings, it’s all quite marvelous. Not only are they entertaining to look at, they’re also inspirational. And what better way to be inspired to design your MCM home than to look at original images from the period? That being said, I’ve perused images on the internets for some examples. Here’s some juicy ones. 

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To see more images like these, visit Mid Century Home Style, which has the nicest galleries of mid-century interiors I’ve found.  Continue Reading

Mr. Modern VALENTINE: Alexander Girard

created at: 2010/02/12

Photo Images: Herman Miller

Nobody has done as much for cool, modern heart designs as textile designer, and lover of folkart,  Alexander Girard. I became a huge fan of his furniture and fabric designs when we were entrenched in making the projects for Curbly’s book, Make It! MidCentury Modern. I was more than delighted to see Herman Miller’s blog tribute posted yesterday about their beloved Master of Textiles. It states,

“In the 1967 Herman Miller catalog the “International Heart” is referred to as “Love Heart” and “A tribute of Love and Friendship to your wife, sweetheart, or customer.”  And you could get a 15 1/2 square for a whopping $2.25. Continue Reading