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Bringing Mid-Century Modern Design to Life

Mid-Century Modern design began making its mark in the 1940’s and on through the 1980’s. It left its biggest impact, however, during the 1960’s and 1970’s when the world was going through drastic changes in terms freedom of expression, which could be seen and felt politically, socially, and culturally. While mid-century modern design may have made an impact in the 60s and 70s, it is...

Home Decor of the 1960s
Written by Guest Writer in Interior

Home Decor of the 1960s

When people think of the 1960s, they often picture a vivid series of images. Youth in rebellion. The first walk on the moon. Space age cartoons like The Jetsons. Hippies in tie-dye. Woodstock. Rock and roll — the Beatles, the Rolling Stones. Politics, protests and picketing. If the 1960s are associated with rebellion and the Space Age, they’re also associated with a specific home decor...

The Cocktail Nation Podcast

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The Grand Budapest Hotel in the 1960s
Written by Christopher Alm in Interior

The Grand Budapest Hotel in the 1960s

In Wes Anderson’s latest masterpiece we embark on a journey into the last gasps of the aristocratic life and haute couture of eastern Europe in the late 1920s. This is not just a story of a eccentric Hotelier and his lobby-boy, but a journey into Anderson’s mind, including his trademark symmetrical design and perfected color schemes. The story of the Grand Budapest Hotel is set...

Interior Design – A Journey Through the Eras

Interior design is an ever evolving industry. What we know today isn’t the way things have always been. Throughout the years our ideas of home decoration have developed and progressed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a little inspiration in trends from years gone by. Much like fashion, interior trends always come back around and right now we’re taking on vintage styles to give...

1965 Thunderbird Couch by Flexsteel
Written by Patricia Greenwood in Design

1965 Thunderbird Couch by Flexsteel

As a seller of vintage goods, I am fortunate to come upon some wonderful relics of our Mid-Century Modern era, a short lived but incredibly artistic and innovative time period. Many of the companies that produced these goods are no longer in existence, but there is one furniture company that has stood the test of time. That company is Flexsteel out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Flexsteel,...

1950s Vintage Accessories for your Home

In the 1950s many countries were recovering from WWII. Across Britain, towns and cities were being rebuilt and redeveloped, more women were working in office and industries than ever before, and a sense of post-war optimism was beginning to flourish. What did this mean for interior décor? Homes had to be practical, with kitchen and cleaning to help the modern man and woman get housework...

Get the Diner Look with Bar Stools
Written by Featured Post in Interior

Get the Diner Look with Bar Stools

Decorate your dwellings this year by kitting your kitchen out diner-style. With a few wise purchases and a couple of classic bar stools, you can turn your home into a retro heaven. Junk stores and sites like eBay are veritable treasure troves when it comes to sourcing retro treats. From vintage neon letters to authentic art work, they’ve got the lot – and usually at...

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