Treasury: Don Draper Approved

You know how I love the 50s/60s era, so I must also love MadMen by default. Check out today’s treasury in honor of my favorite, favorite Don Draper and crew.

MadMen Treasury from PaperMichelle

MadMen Treasury from PaperMichelle

Treasury: Mid-Century Mod

Have a look around tonight’s treasury, Mid Century Mod. I love all of these gorgeous Etsy items - whether vintage, new or repurposed. I feel like watching MadMen now.

Treasury: Mid Mod Treasury by PaperMichelle

Treasury: Mid Mod Treasury by PaperMichelle

NeoCon 2010 - Chicago

Good morning guys! I’ve been up for a while now, packing my things and getting ready to head to Chicago for NeoCon 2010! I will try to get some great photos of the exhibitions and some top secret design 411 for you all!

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**UPDATE: Here are a few photos from my visit! Lots to see…I would recommend a visit!**

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Mid-century Modest

Mid-Century Kitchen "Kim's Kitchen" via retrorenovation.com

As I’ve mentioned, I’m renovating my little ranch with a mid-century modern flair and a few art nouveau accents. I came across this video on Etsy and fell in love with the kitchen! Pam Kueber of Retro Renovation is much more brave than I am and her home looks amazing.

Here are some other mid-century “modest” wares that would be nice additions to my collection.

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Vintage Eames Chairs from TheCottageCheese

(Check out her Eames Chair Madness post on her blog!)

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Vintage Ice Bucket from SweetLoveVintage

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Vintage Mid-Century Stein from misschang

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Vintage Magazine Rack from happydayvintage

Etsy Vintage: Mid-Century Home

So I’m days away from officially owning my first home, my own personal piece of “the American dream.” For obvious reasons, I’m stoked; for less obvious reasons, even more so. The house is a traditional 1958 brick ranch - born of an American era of idealism and good design. If you can’t tell from my previous posts, I adore mid-century design and fashion. Everything was so stylish and practical. For that reason, its my intention to return this house to its original form and even improve on that a bit.

This might come off as a bit snobby but its not meant to be. I personally find it is a bit tacky to rush out to your local Home Depot and update a classic home in a lazy, cheap way. I don’t think most people do this intentionally; however, these homes are architectural gems - classic American homes that reflect the values of a period - the integrity of the aesthetic should be upheld to some degree. And that, my friends, is what I’m looking forward to doing with this house. Think color, clean lines, geometry, minimalism, Eames, Herman Miller, scandinavian design, art deco and arts ‘n crafts. Love, love, love. I cannot even tell you what an exciting project this will be. I’ve spent the last two days trying to find an authentic (or at least, appropriate) front door. Its going to be fantastic…

In the meantime, here are some mid-century items from Etsy. When you come visit me, be sure to put on your best full skirt and bring a suitable casserole dish. Of course, I kid.

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Paisley Cocktail Dress from audreyandgrace

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1950s Aqua Aluminum Pots from thevintagesupplyco

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Custom Leather Vintage Heels from posiesforlulu

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Vintage Aqua Stools from johnnyvintage

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Vintage Chrome Sputnik Wall Clock from thevintagesupplyco