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Olioboard: The New Mid Century Modern

Feeling a little retro, I entered Olioboard's current Mid Century Modern Design Challenge.  The idea was basically to decorate an updated bungalow---incorporating vintage accents with a modern feel.  For my entry, I took my cues from iconic interpretations of Mid Century decor: Mad Men, The Jetsons, Brady Bunch, and Leave It to Beaver.  Then, I translated the dated into modern day.  Real retro pieces mingle with the vintage-inspired---since retro is soo hot these days, it's hard to tell what's old and what's new!  Thrifted finds mix with luxury.  And the tried and truly color schemes of a bygone era (burnt orange, deep turquoise, olive green) breathe new life into an updated bungalow. 

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to move into this place!  The focal point is a fantastic burnt orange and ivory chevron wallpaper in the living room.  A sleek credenza holds a gold lamp, tall vase of flowers, and turntable for listening to those oldies but goodies in a big, comfy blue chair.  Art that displays iconic Mid Century chair design and a typographic poster accent the wall.  I'm swooning over the long, lean, velvet, olive-hued couch front-and-center, especially dressed up with pillows featuring the accent colors.  A modern, slightly industrial coffee table hides books and wire baskets underneath, leaving room for a yellow bowl (and playful kitten!) up on top.  In the background to the left, I created a little office nook.  Vintage posters brighten up a plain white wall, as does a very retro clock.  

I loved throwing industrial accents into the retro mix.  I did so with the wire baskets under the coffee table, the metal lighting, the desk lamp, and the waste basket underneath the desk.  I think a little strategically placed galvanized metal grounds a space.  

My entry currently holds 1st place. :) If you wanna cast a vote, do so here!  If you wanna join in on the competition, go for it!




DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done.
I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia.

Penny's Apartment | Big Bang Theory

Aniela, a lovely reader from Germany, sent me an email requesting advice on recreating the style of Penny's apartment on Big Bang Theory. 

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)