Think of this as the David Letterman list (am I dating myself?) of the top ten things I think say mid-century design in a home. When I think about my hopes and dreams for this house, only half of it is structural. The other half is decor…furniture, object d’art, accessories. So I started making a list for myself that I thought I would share it with you, dear readers. This is an ‘in my opinion’ list. My opinion. Brandy’s. It’s as eclectic as I am (i.e. mis-matched and slightly askew). And I am sure I will miss something that you personally love and think is a ‘must-have’. I have no Florence Knoll or Le Corbusier or Mies Van der Rohe, all of which I love but I had to make some practical choices based on my own home. So pile it on in the comments. Tell me what you love too and share it with other mid-century
crazies enthusiasts like us.
Whether you buy an original or a replica or a used piece, there are many ways to fit these into your home based on your budget. (I know there are soaring debates about authentic versus replica, but let’s just say I don’t judge. Some replicas are quality; some not so much. Everyone needs to do whatever they need to do within their means and values.)
8. Catherineholm enamelware: Must buy it vintage on places like Etsy or Ebay. Never seen one out in the thrift store wild, but I have to believe they are out there. The set below is priced at $380 on Etsy, which feels a little high to me. You can find good pieces upwards of $50 for the smaller ones.
7. Some kind of owl something: Easy peasy. Dig an old macrame out of your mom’s attic or pick up this slightly kitchsy but wonderful owl wallpaper by UK designer Abigail Edwards.
2. Danish teak credenza: These are everywhere but not cheap. If you are lucky, you will find a decent inexpensive one in a thrift store or you can look for them on Ebay (like the one below for $1750) though some are $200-500 if you are willing to do a little work. Also check your local craigslist. You never know.
1. Eames fiberglass shell chair: What can I say? For me this is the iconic must-have piece in any color in any style. I love them beyond words, especially the rocking chair, which I would want in celery and can only find at Modernica for $375. Not too bad. Rex Kelly also has some replicas, a $99 side chair I just ordered for the new desk, so I will let you know how that works out. Stay tuned.