Mid-Century Exteriors You’ll Love

Mid-century style homes are not only classics, they’re also an increasingly popular trend today in home buying. More and more shoppers are looking for those 1950s style homes all across the country. They’re looking for the classic mid-century modern exterior; you know the ones…

The ones with the retro shapes and the large floor to ceiling style glass windows…

Or the ones with the brightly colored front doors with the narrow rectangular glass windows… They’re all part of the classic mid-century style. Here’s a few more stunning mid-century home exteriors. They’re all so beautiful, I can only image how the interiors look. I’m sure they have a bunch of mid-century modern classics like the Saarinen Round Marble Dining Table or the Classic Plywood Lounge Chair & Ottoman.


Pastels and Bold Colors in Modern Dining

We don’t normally see too much color in the kitchen or dining room, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a dab or two of color to spice up your dining experience. Many times, we see dining rooms consist of shades of black, white, grey and brown. In an chic modern dining space, the most prominent tables seem to be those with glass tops and the most popular choice for seating has been black, white or grey chairs with chromed frames. Not anymore….

It’s time to break away from the normal and try something different! Add a pastel touch or add a pop of bold fluorescent color. Don’t forget to choose the right chairs for your space, too. How about the Hans Wegner Style Wishbone Chairs or the Bunny Side Chair?


See it in Action: Eero Aarnio Style Ball Chair

I bet you’ve seen the Eero Aarnio Style Ball Chair – haven’t you? I’m sure you’ve pondered what it would look like in your space; Would it fit right in with your existing interior decor or would it be a distraction? Well, we’ve seen this modern classic lounge chair in a variety of spaces, with all different decor styles, and we know that it fits right in with almost any decor. If you need more proof, see it in action above.



Rustic? Industrial? Modern? How About All Three?

When it comes to modern interior design, the style isn’t so straight-forward anymore. Many times, blending two or three different styles together can create a comfortable and stylish atmosphere. When you think about rustic style, you may tend to think about tables and chairs made of natural materials like reclaimed or distressed wood in a log cabin or in a farmhouse. On the other hand, when you look at industrial furniture design, you mainly see pieces constructed using galvanized steel or wrought iron in a warehouse style setting or an urban loft with exposed brick. Modern design, in my mind, consists of sleek, clean lines and various shades of black and white in the color scheme.

Here we have found a gorgeous mix of rustic, industrial and modern styles coming together to create a stunning kitchen interior. Industrial style, Bastille Counter Stools sit tall at the island counter to provide excellent dining space for the impromptu midnight snack while the wooden counter tops add a slightly rustic look. Beyond the industrial and rustic design, the clean white and black gives the space that classic modern feel that blows you away when you walk into the room.

Do you love this rustic-industrial-modern kitchen? How would you combine three different design styles to make your perfect space?


Take a Risk with Color

Of all the colors of the spectrum, purple never struck me as a color I’d paint my dining room. I also never thought I’d see horizontal stripes surrounding any dining space. But this modern dining room has me swooning and considering repainting my dining space.

The dark purple walls are contrasted beautifully by the cream upholstered Parson style dining chairs. The bright dining chairs break up the slight monotony of the purple paint and dark woods surrounding the space. The dark wood in the floors, dining table and buffet server blend in with the rest of the space, however it is a very appropriate look for this modern dining style.

Just remember, when redecorating or putting together your dining room, sometimes taking a risk with color and decor really pays off!


Cozy Up in Rustic-Modern Style

Rustic-modern style isn’t just about old pieces of furniture made out of reclaimed wood and metal. No – it’s about finding the right mix of natural and man-made materials to create a chic little space that you can’t wait to get home to. A rustic space doesn’t even necessarily have to include old wood at all, but many do. Take for instance, this rustic-modern living room. The walnut finished coffee table makes quite a statement underneath a couple of hand-made ceramic vases, while the whole space is complemented by the wood beam ceiling and the exposed brick walls. The ivory leather sectional adds a bold modern style to the rustic chic living room and is accentuated by a variety of tossed pillows to make the space even more cozy. Who said modern couldn’t be cozy?


Stark Contrast Bachelor Pads

Bachelor pads aren’t all made the same and it’s pretty likely that one will not be suitable for another – it’s all about personalizing to fit you. On another note, just because you’re a bachelor, doesn’t mean you have to have a place that looks like a teen lives in it. That means you don’t have to have video games and your favorite band or singer’s posters hanging on your walls. No; You can have a sleek, clean and classy space that you love to call “home”. Here are two really great bachelor pads with a stark contrast in style, but definitely fit the modern bachelor pad style.

High ceilings, tall glass windows that look out to a great big city skyline, and a dark brown color scheme throughout this bedroom offer a bachelor just the kind of space he’d be looking to call “his own”. Or maybe try something a little different…

Like a chic modern living room with a cozy sectional paired with a faux fur area rug and beautiful solid wood accents. What man wouldn’t want to call this space “home”?


Design Tips: Shelf Styling

Do you have shelving units that you just don’t know what to do with or how to style them to make an impact on your interior design? We can help!

First, gather up your favorite books that you’ve collected over the years – the more, the better. Next, find a couple of home accessory pieces that you find intriguing, meaningful or that you think would just add a little pizazz to your living space. Now it’s time for the fun part… the styling!

Break up your book collection into smaller piles of about 5-8 books depending on the sizes of the books. Place one pile flat on its back, stand another up against that pile and continue until you feel you have enough space covered. Make sure you haven’t overdone it with the books because you’re going to need some space for those little accents that you’ve picked out. Place that classy decorative bowl that you’ve picked out on top of one of the book piles, while you place that bud vase next to another. Use decorative book ends to dress up the shelves even more.

Don’t want to use books as the main pieces? Don’t worry – just gather up a bunch of your favorite decorative accents and place them one by one on each of the shelves you’re looking to decorate. Just remember, in this case, you want to pick pieces that will take up just the right amount of space on each shelf. Take a look at the industrial shelving unit below to get an idea of the proper placement.


Cozy & Traditional Yet Uniquely Modern

When it comes to mixing modern and traditional, it isn’t as hard as some may think. Take this classy living room, for instance – a traditional armchair paired with a low, espresso finished media unit and a spattering of different photo frames bring the room together for a cozy, homey feel. All you need is just one traditional statement piece to offset the modern pieces, but you don’t want to over-do it either.