Making Mid-Century Modern Approachable

I have to preface this post with a note that my mama and I do not agree on this subject. To my mama, mid-century modern conjures up images of awful 1960’s vinyl floors and pea-green fridges.

True, vinyl floors are not that lovely and I’d rather my fridge not be a shade of gross but I believe mid-century modern does not have to be a 1960’s design nightmare.

It can be warm and approachable with the right mix of texture, pattern and color.

Here’s a peek at my living room:


When I moved into my apartment, I basically started over with furniture. I knew I wanted the pieces I purchased to be timeless enough to last decades. So I began with the sofa. Aptly named the 1964 sofa, it’s from a great furniture store out of North Carolina. (I can testify that it’s cozy too.)

I added a Noguchi coffee table, which weighs a bazillion pounds. (It was the good Lord that got it up the stairs without shattering the glass into a million pieces.)

Warmth is in the details. Texture from the pillows (a mixture of West Elm & Target), the rug (a West Elm find via Craigslist), and a playful mix of patterns keeps the space from feeling sterile and unapproachable.

It’s my hope that guests feel comfortable and welcomed in this space. I want people to come over, put up their feet and relax.

What do you think? Are you a mid-century modern fan? How do you spice things up in your space?

Stay tuned for Part 2, where we’ll look at tackling awkward corners and my latest crush on the very enviable Papa Bear chair.


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