Tag Archives: 1950s

Abide: Lessons From a Northwest Mid-Century Architect

Paul Kirk is The Dude. Abide. Paul Kirk, one of the Northwest’s most influential mid-century architects, knew what he was doing in those post-war years. He was laying the groundwork for Northwest architecture that is still admired and applied to … Continue reading

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Happy Retro Valentine’s Day!

Pull out the red and pink crepe paper streamers, it’s Valentine’s Day. Do you remember the giant paper cupid cutout and honeycomb paper hearts hanging in your 2nd grade classroom on Valentine’s Day? What about those quirky valentines that you … Continue reading

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Mid-Century Home Renovation Tips for the Fearful

You just had to have that mid-century home, didn’t ya? Well, golly, who can blame you! But what you didn’t realize is that updating those kitchen cabinets would strike such fear in you when you found out the floor is … Continue reading

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A Mid-Century Christmas: How to Celebrate Retro-Style

The aluminum Christmas tree adorned with glass ball ornaments… The artificial tree with removable branches decorated with bubble lights and styrofoam balls bedazzled with sequins, rhinestones, and ribbons… The pink “sno-flocked” live tree with color-coordinating pink orbs… The mid-century housewife … Continue reading

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Forever Mod: Mid-Century Gifts for the Home

For the mid-century lover in your life, what better way to honor their obsession than bestowing them with vintage wares for the holidays (hint, hint)! Buying vintage items has many benefits besides warming the hearts of collectors: it’s eco-friendly! Here’s … Continue reading

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George Nelson: King of Mid-Century Mod

                    Ball clocks and bubble lampshades…these items truly define mid-century mod living, and were designed by the “original mad man”, George Nelson (1908-1986), in the 1950s. Nelson’s specialty was creating functional … Continue reading

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Forever Mod: Retro Paint Colors

Flamingo,┬áRamona Green…just a few paint colors from the 1950s. In most cases, you won’t see these vintage paint colors on the walls of mid-century homes these days. They’ve been covered by paint colors of the 70s, 80s and beyond. But, … Continue reading

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