What Is Mid Century Modern?

What is the Definition of Mid Century Modern?

Mid Century Modern is often abbreviated as MCM, and no it does not have anything to do with #ManCrushMonday. It refers to the time period during the middle of the 20th century, roughly the 1940s through 1970s, in which products and buildings were designed in line with the Modernist movement of the time. The Mid Century Modern aesthetic is defined by clean lines, simple shapes, and a focus on the materials used. It often placed a high emphasis on function in addition to form, and it took into account the lifestyle needs of the decades. A Mid Century Modern home may include features like post and beam construction to allow for large walls of glass, open floor plans for informal living, and front facing privacy walls for secluded courtyards.

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Example of Breeze Blocks

What Are The Key Features Of Mid Century Design?

Mid Century design is iconic, and there are a few architectural elements to know if you are looking to spot this style out in the wild. Get ready to brush up on your Mid Century vocab, because we are going to define some key terms.

1. Butterfly Roof – a roof plane where the high points occur at the outside edges and the low point occurs in the middle, creating a V-shape or butterfly wings.

2. Cantilever – a beam that projects past its supporting wall or column.

3. Clerestory Windows – Windows located at the top of the wall immediately below the roof plane. These would be above the standard sight line and allow for light while maintaining privacy.

4. Folded Plate Roof – A roof plane that creates repetitive angles or ridges, as if it were a series of paper folds.

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Example of Long Gable Roof and Clerestory Windows

5. Long Gable Roof – A roof plane where the pitched portion occurs perpendicular to the shortest end of the structure, creating an elongated profile

6. Breeze Block – decorative cast blocks with open spaces to allow light and wind to pass through, used for accents and privacy around patio areas.

7. Swiss Miss – A roof style characterized by a steeply pitched gable that extends to the ground

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Example of Swiss Miss

If you keep an eye out for these features, you will spot Mid Century inspired design in more places than you expected!

Why is Mid Century Modern Still Popular?

Obviously Mid Century Modern was a popular style during the greater part of the mid-20th century, but why are we still seeing it around today? I think there are a few key reasons why we embraced the look again in the early 21st century.

1. Functionality

The Mid Century style places a high emphasis on function, making it an easy choice when you want your space to work for you. In a time of automation, same-day delivery, and instant information, I think it only makes sense that we would embrace a decor style that also works for us, rather than the other way around.

2. Smaller Urban Living

Over the 2000s and 2010s, urban city centers around the United States experienced a resurgence, gentrification, and influx of young professionals repopulating smaller spaces again. Rather than the suburban dream of yard space and 3,000 square feet, people were choosing 700 square feet apartments and balconies. Mid Century furniture is typically low profile, sleek, and has clean lines that don’t look cluttered. This makes it the perfect choice for furnishing smaller spaces.

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This is my favorite scene from Mad Men

3. The Popularity of Mad Men

Mad Men ran from 2007 through 2015 and was hailed as one of the most popular shows of the “Golden Age” of television. It is pretty clear to me that the detailed period sets of this drama series had a huge effect on how we decided to furnish our living rooms. Furthermore, this show was embraced by young adults who were starting to furnish their very first apartments. Who better to sell you a style than Don Draper?

4. Range of Accessibility

Mid Century Modern is also one of few style choices that has such a wide range of accessibility and price points. When it comes to original period pieces, you could take some hand-me-downs from your grandparents for free, grab estate sale furniture for a bargain, or pay top dollar for restored and authenticated antiques.

The same goes for reproductions. You could shop basic and affordable items from IKEA, Wayfair, World Market, and even Target. Or, you could splurge on more expensive recreations from West Elm, Design Within Reach, and Article. The number of options gave almost every budget access to the look, which is not always the case when it comes to other styles.

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Sofa by West Elm, Pillows by Target

So, there you have it!

Now you know the definition and key features of the Mid Century Modern style and a few of my takes on why it is so popular in our current decade.

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10 Ways to Bring Summer Into Your Home

Summertime is here again, and we are now looking for ways to bring the summer feeling into the home. I have put together a list of 10 items that will make the inside of your home feel as bright and sunny as a warm summer day.

Bring the Summer Indoors with These 10 Home Accessories 

When it comes to summer decor, you need to find a balance. You want your space to feel bright and fresh while avoiding the stereotypical Florida beach house look. Spruce up your space for the season with these fun accessories. 

1. Peachy Bath Mat

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A little bit fun and a little bit cheeky, this peachy clean bath mat from Urban Outfitters brings a pool house vibe to the everyday bath.

2. Sunny Appetizer Plate

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Long summer nights lead to more alfresco dining, more wine & cheese, and more courses to serve. These scalloped appetizer plates from CB2 are reminiscent of the summer sun, without being too on the nose.

3. Tropical Tiki Glasses

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Don’t forget the drinks! Summer is perfect for experimenting behind the bar. Create a classic Mai Tai or get a little crazy with a Zombie Punch. Just remember to serve it up in a pineapple glass with a little umbrella from Overstock.

4. Tidal Throw Pillows

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These retro surfer babe pillows bring a new meaning to couch surfing. They are subtle enough to bring into your decor, but you’re going to catch a wave of fun. Available at Wayfair.

5. Palm Welcome Mat

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Welcome your guests to summer with a tropical first impression. This trendy doormat will start a conversation before they even make it through the threshold! Available at Dormify.

6. Watercolor Dinner Plates

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We are all acquainted with the standard watercolor beachscape hanging on the wall of the beach house. These watercolor plates from West Elm bring a fresh perspective to a classic and take it to dinner.

7. Tie-Dye Inspired Pouf

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We all tie-dyed some tee shirts at summer camp. Shibori is the refined, indigo centric cousin of the art. This shibori pouf from Pottery Barn adds summer fun and sophistication to any living space – campground or otherwise.

8. Vintage Lemon Wall Hangings

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Lemonade stands – the official entrepreneurial venture of summer. Take yourself back to the early days of business, with these refined citrus illustrations from World Market.

9. Perfect Pool Paintings

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Bring the pool boy indoors with this vintage-inspired cabana print. Give the feeling of poolside refinement in a past age of glamour and fun. Available at Society6.

10. Birds of a Feather

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Get ready for your guests to flock around this fun flamingo chair. It is a bold summer decor addition that is tasteful and trendy enough to serve you throughout the seasons. This beats the plastic lawn flamingo any day. Available at World Market.

 

 

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How to Find Your Interior Design Style

I have a few easy ways to find your interior design style. It can be intimidating to walk into your empty room with no idea what you want, especially when those white walls are glaring back at you. There are also so many interior design styles to choose from. Are you a mid-century modern man? A glam and regency gal? Do you want something modern and minimalist or do you prefer a cozy and rustic look for your interior?

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Don’t worry! This dude has five easy tips for you to find your interior decorating style and make your house a place where you will feel at home.

1. Decide How You Want Your Home to Feel

When it comes to determining your interior design style, you first need to start with how you want your home to feel. Your home will be a reflection of your personality, but it will also be the backdrop of your life. So, you need to make sure that your space makes you feel happy when you’re cooking, entertaining friends, and relaxing.

Want to feel refined, classic, or luxurious? Then you should consider Hollywood regency, traditional, Victorian, Art Deco, or possibly contemporary styles.

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Want to feel cozy and relaxed? Check out rustic, shabby chic, coastal, or hygge looks.

Want to feel dynamic and fun? Achieve this feel with eclectic and boho styles.

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Want to feel bright and clean? Then you would probably like modern, Scandinavian, mid-century, and minimalist decor.

Once you have decided how you want to feel, then you can move on to step two.

2. Make a Mood Board and Collect Inspiration Images 

Now we are on to the research phase. You know the feeling you want, but you don’t quite know how to put that feeling into a design style. You can start by doing internet searches for some of the styles we’ve talked about and compiling the ones you like into folders or Pinterest boards.

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Eventually, you will start to see some patterns and commonalities. And hopefully, (if you’ve been paying attention to the image descriptions) you should be able to have a sense of a couple interior design styles that resonate with you.

3. Consult Your Closet 

Chances are that you’ve already been curating your overall style for years, and this style lives in your closet. See what types of clothes you have, because these are style items that you naturally gravitate to.

Do you like neutrals or bright colors? Do you like lots of patterns or solids? Do you accessorize everything or just go with a plain tee? (Pro Tip: If you are big into accessories, then you are probably not going to be super into the minimalist look for your home.)

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I bet you didn’t know that you were already on your way to being a designer!

4. Take Your Home’s Architecture into Consideration When You Decorate 

Some of us live in pretty generic homes that come standard with white walls and limited architectural features. If this is the case for you, then you pretty much have a blank canvas and can go forward with any style and make it feel cohesive.

However, some of us live in Victorian mansions, Spanish villas, industrial lofts, and craftsman bungalows, and these architectural styles should be taken into consideration when decorating your interior. For example, it might look pretty silly to see a mid-century modern sofa in a Victorian parlor or a beachside watercolor painting in an urban loft.

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This is what NOT to do.

There are always exceptions and opportunities to mix style when designing, but you want to make sure that your furnishings don’t clash and feel disorienting when placed inside your home.

5. Be Yourself! 

This one seems easy, but sometimes it is hard to stay true to what you really like when you are bombarded with advertisements, magazines, and TV shows telling you what the latest trends are. At the end of the day, you will be the one coming back home to your space, and it should make you feel happy to be there.

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Low Budget High Style Home Furnishings

Bromance Files: w/o 5.3.2020

Welcome to the first issue of Bromance Files, a blog segment where I share the top items I’ve been crushing on this week. This week’s theme is low budget but high style items that will upgrade your space without breaking the bank. From outdoor patio sets to living room furniture, all items in this post come in at under $500 and make a big impact with small budgets.

Get ready to…

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Low Budget – High Style Decor Crushes 

Dining Room Table

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Modern, sleek, and under $400 at All Modern.

Dining Room Chairs

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The perfect match for your dining table, with some chic style included. Available at Wayfair for under $100. 

Sofa

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Go from living room to guest room in seconds with this stylish convertible sofa. Under $500 at Wayfair. 

Accent Chair

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An accent chair that Don Draper himself would approve of, with a price of about $300 that you will approve of. From Wayfair.

Rug

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Add some color to your space without getting crazy. This rug comes in lots of shapes and sizes and starts at only $85 for a 5’x7′. From Amazon. 

Bar Cart

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This retro bar cart comes in with retro prices, and it only costs around $170 from Wayfair. 

Faux Plant

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If you can’t keep a plant alive, don’t worry. This one will last forever and only costs around $40 from Wayfair.

Cocktail Art

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Art instantly dresses up your space like a cocktail dresses up dinner. This print starts at only $20 from Society 6.

Rose Art

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Art says a lot about you. This art says…”I like wine.” Starting at $14 from RedBubble. 

Succulent Art

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A mix of surrealism, succulents, and 1950s cereal ads, this piece has it all and I love it. Starts at $27 from Society 6. 

Cactus Fox Art

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Art should be a conversation piece. This conversation goes “why is that little fox in the desert?” Starts at $26 on Society 6. 

Outdoor Lounge Chairs

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These chairs are chic, cool, and comfy. Add some style to your porch for only $85 per chair. From Wayfair.

Outdoor Dining

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Add some retro style to your patio space for under $500. Set available from Wayfair.

Outdoor Cafe Lights

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Get ready for some romance with these patio cafe lights to set the mood. Available for under $20 at Amazon.

 

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15 Things to Make Your Home Cozier

It’s officially Taurus season, and this year we are all finding ourselves spending quite a bit more time at home. Being a Gemini with a Taurus moon, I am tackling making my home cozier and embracing my inner “stay at home” moon sign with comfy accessories and House Hunters binges.

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Make Your Home Cozier with These Simple Accessories

Are you ready to make your home place that will actually make you want to “stay in” on a weekend? I have curated the perfect list of cozy home accessories that will transform your level of comfort.

1. Weighted Blanket

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Yes, I am starting with a very cheesy item, but desperate times call for desperate measures. You want to be cozy right? Get a blanket that will come close to the feeling of human touch. Available at Target.

2. Chunky Knit Throw

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When I think comfort, I think chunky knit throws. Bonus: this one is faux fur! If you aren’t ready to commit to the weighted blanked craze, this is the next best thing. (Also, it just looks so much fancier for when you actually have house guests.) Available at West Elm.

3. Fuzzy Pillows

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The easiest way to add comfort? Add pillows! I love this shag textured pillow, because who doesn’t like to caress them as you watch TV alone…again? Available at West Elm. 

4. Faux Fur Rug

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This look isn’t just for cabins. A faux fur rug makes a cozy addition to any space from luxe to Hygge. Nothing feels better on your feet! Available from Rugs USA.

5. Textured Rug

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Rugs with a unique texture also add a cozy element, like this Braid Stripe Sweater Rug. It even has “sweater” in the name! Available at West Elm. 

6. Fluffy Pouf 

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I am obsessed with this handcrafted pouf! These are perfect for lounging on the floor with a good book or eating takeout on the coffee table in front of Netflix. Available from West Elm. 

7. Chaise Lounge

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Why not go all out for your TV viewing. A chaise lounge is the perfect stylish option to stretch out on! Available from Wayfair. 

8. Upgrade Your TV

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Since we are spending all this time making things cozy for a night in, why not upgrade your TV? A 4k Smart TV would definitely be a great substitute for the theater. Available at Target. 

9. White Textured Bedding

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I am often asked the secret to making a cozy bedroom. The answer: white bedding. The color white helps promote healthy sleep, clears the mind, and feels fresh and clean. Add extra fully texture, and boom! You have a cozy bedroom. Available at Urban Outfitters.

10. My Sofa Dreamz

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Ok, while I was writing this post, I stumbled upon this…MY SOFA DREAMZ. This plush sofa converts to a flat sleeper bed in seconds. Go from Netflix straight to chill in mere moments. This is the future, dudes. Available at Urban Outfitters.

11. Stylish Wine Glasses

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Moving back to more practical items… If you unwind with a glass of wine, try making it a little more special for those warm cozy vibes. I think these wine glasses are really fun and probably make the wine taste better. Available at West Elm.

12. Wall Hanging

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Wall hangings are a quick and easy way to add instant texture, warmth, and style to your space. Available at World Market.

13. Escapist Art

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To me, there is something kinda romantic and cozy about European beach pics. Maybe it’s the element of being able to see a far off place without ever leaving your sofa? Available at Pottery Barn.

14. String Lights

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What’s cozier than twinkling string lights? I love these because they also double as pompoms during the day. Available at Urban Outfitters.

15. And finally…

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Just kidding! This one doesn’t exist…yet. If it did, it would be available on Amazon.

 

Hope you dudes enjoyed!

Sometimes links expire or products sell out. Please let me know if something goes missing, and I can send you a similar product. Email me at heydesigndudes@gmail.com.

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