Fall 2009 BLB Color & Trend Forecast #6 – Mid-Century Modern

Happy Friday and welcome to the final segment of BLB’s Color and Trend Forecast. I hope you have enjoyed this series as much I have writing it. In case you missed any segment of the series, click the titles below to view previous post.

#1 – HD Elegance
#2 – Exotic Destinations
#3 – Anime Luxe
#4 – Stylish Sustainability
#5 – Hollywood Regency

#6 – Mid-Century Modern, is reminiscent of the Post War 1950’s era when designers were optimistic about the future and looked for ways to establish harmony between natural and man made design elements. Furnishings tend to be well-built, have clean lines, and have smaller scale, perfect for apartments or small spaces. For design inspiration closer to home, look perhaps toward your grandmother’s house! She may still have a few pieces in rotation or there may be a few in the attic. If this isn’t quite your style, make some extra cash by selling it on craiglist or ebay! And for the mood board…be inspired!

{#1} Nelson Ball Clock, Design Within Reach {#2} Cordova Lamp-Bungalow 5, Tonic Home
{#3} Imperial Trellis in Citrine, Schumacher {#4} Jacques Adnet Floor Lamp, 1stdibs.com, {#5} Edward Wormley sofa, 1stdibs.com, {#6} Pair of Dunbar Y-back Chairs, 1stdibs.com, {#7} Harvey Probber Gentlemans Chest, 1stdibs.com, {#8} Aurora Tangerine Modern Area Rug, Tonic Home, {#9} Harvey Probber coffee table, 1stdibs.com

The “shagadelic” poster below entitled “Mid-Century Modern Collection” by technical illustrator James Provost displays classic chairs by iconic designers such as Eames, Noguchi, Bertoia, Le Corbusier, and Knoll. This “16×24” print is only $21 at Imagekind.

Recognize any of these iconic chair designs?

Purchasing original mid-century pieces can surely bust a design budget if not inherited or found at a thrift store. There are a plethora of furniture retailers offering designer knockoffs and other mid-century inspired pieces that will suit just fine. The four chairs below all come from Target and carry wallet-friendly price tags. {#1} Vignette Cradle Chair {#2} Charlie Chair {#3} Leisure Chair with Arms {#4} Thosa Steel Chair
Other Retailers for Mid-Century Furniture, Fabric, & Accessories:
Design Within Reach
Tonic Living
Tonic Home
1stDibs.com (for antiques and original designs)

Moving on to the exterior of your home…if you have a 1950’s inspired bungalow and are looking to take mid-century influences to the exterior of your home, then look no further than this brochure from Sherwin Williams. Suburban Modern (below) is composed of suggested color palettes and makes choosing house colors foolproof! Click image for brochure in pdf.

Jonesing for more mid-century design? Snag a copy of Atomic Ranch Magazine or check out one of these blogs: Mid-Century Modernist or Lushpad.

What is your favorite color/and or design trend of the series? Looking forward to your thoughts, let’s chat!

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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, HGTV.com and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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3 Responses to “Fall 2009 BLB Color & Trend Forecast #6 – Mid-Century Modern”

  1. Destination Seaborn Says:

    I knew there was a reason I loved your blog! I recently bought a pair of MCM lounge chairs for our living room. Not alot of people appreciate the simplicity of this style, but I love it for all the reasons you listed! Plus it's one that Hubby and I agree on.
    I'm loving your mood board and the links! That lamp is fabulous! This will give me something to swoon over for a few days:)

    Thanks! Lisa

    P.S. Here's the link to the chairs I mentioned.



  2. amit Says:

    i really love this



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