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!
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