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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. 

Blair's Room | Gossip Girl Decor

Manhattan's debutante Blair Waldorf happens to be my favorite Gossip Girl character.  Her behavior and feelings vary from snobbish to sensitive, but she always (except for a few rare occasions) looks and acts totally pulled together.  Her luxurious bedroom is fit for a queen---and is as pulled together as her preppy fashion ensembles.