Please excuse the Shakespeare pun in this title, although I believe the throwback adequately describes my current infatuation with mid-century decor. Having always been a fan of Scandinavian interiors (I frequent blogs such as My Scandavian Home and Nordic Design), it only took me a couple more seconds to realize that I was decorating my apartment with influences from the Nordic world and the mid-century modern trend that’s ever so popular right now.
What is Mid-Century Modern?
It simply describes furniture, design, and architecture from around the middle of the 20th century. Anywhere from 1933 to 1965 could be considered mid-century depending on who you ask.
Currently, mid-century influences are everywhere and some of the same furniture designs created in this time period are still in production, for instance the ridiculously popular Eames Lounge Chair. Without question, this was one of the best periods in recent history for design.
So, back to #ChezDarbs, my lovely one bedroom abode that is forever a work in progress. I’ve created a living room space I love – full of other mid-century staples like a tufted sofa, turntable and vinyls, and a Marshall Stanmore speaker. Yet, my dining area has been miles away from finished. So, I spent my weekend going to vintage stores around town, collecting inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram, and trying to design an area that is both compact (my apartment is small), functional, and takes you right to the 1950’s. Some dining areas that heavily inspired my choices had elements of simplicity and timelessness:
After gathering inspiration and going back and forth in the most indecisive way, here’s how it all came together: I picked up a Mother-in-law’s tongue (4) and Fiddle Tree Fig (5) from a local plant nursery, but they should be available at Home Depot. I ordered CB2’s Odyssey Table and paired it with some Hans Wegner inspired wishbone chairs (the originals are about $600 a chair, so glad I found some great affordable alternatives on Overstock). Lastly, got some accessories such as this chandelier from West Elm and artwork from Etsy and Society6.
Looking forward to sharing the finished result (and my apartment tour?) when everything arrives in the mail!