24 August 2011

i'm obsessed with...retro mod style

Is anyone else get hooked on the miniseries "The Kennedys"? I loved seeing the mid-century modern furniture and decor styles (not to mention Jackie's fab dresses). Lately I've been more and more drawn to retro styles from the 50's and 60's. The clean, simple and flowing lines are attractive, and the pops of colour create irresistible interest.

I must say, however, that I like mixing this style with a 21st century approach, meaning I don't want my home to feel like I am actually living with Don Draper. Wait a minute....

A few key elements go a long way. Pick one or two and don't over-do it. Here's what to look for:

1. A great vintage furniture piece: fibreglass, plastic or plywood and also chrome 

2. Bold colour: turquoise, avocado, mustard yellow, navy, orange and brown.
3. Big patterns: wallpapers or fabric covered chairs and sofas with bold, graphic patterns.

4. Accessories: quirky and odd-shaped decorations plus utilitarian items like radios or salt and pepper shakers in great mod colours.



  1. I too love mid century modern design and would love to incorporate more into my house! These are some great photos!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

  2. I know this comment is tardy but I am just discovering your blog (so much to catch up on)
    I do love midcentury mod design. And Scandinavian modern rustic... so just mixing a couple of midcentury elements works nicely.
    I have bentwood dining chair with an obvious MCM nod by IKEA, a small danish arm chair that I am planning to recover for my sewing chair and 2 beautiful MCM night tables that I picked up at the Goodwill.
    Thank you for the beautiful images- I'm enjoying your style.


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