• Paint colors for the large block fireplace in Kathy’s mid-century modern house

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    Reader Kathy has an impressive mid-century modern house with oodles of amazing original features including a biomorphic wall screen, mahogany wall panels and clerestory windows. However, There is one feature that has been bothering her since the day she first moved in. The paint color of the large concrete block fireplace — she calls it […]

    Update: Where to find quilted fitted bedspreads — now in six retro colors

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    Props to reader Natasha for alerting us that Touch of Class is once again offering quilted, fitted bedspreads made with a silky polyester fabric  – perfect to decorate a stylish mid-century bedroom. The bedspreads are part of the Color Classics® line exclusive to Touch of Class. The bedspreads are affordable and available in a range […]

    Greg and Tammy retrofit their vintage Admiral Tele-Bar to hold a 24″ flat screen TV

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    The Admiral Tele-Bar cost $895 in 1951 – the equivalent of $10,000 today.Do you love the look of vintage TV sets, but actually want to watch be able to use them to watch the full range of programming available today? Greg and Tammy found a rare and wonderful 1951 Admiral Tele-Bar — and retrofitted the […]

    New sofas from Younger Furniture and their Avenue 62 Line

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    We are big fans of the look of Younger Furniture’s Avenue 62 line of mid century style sofas, sectionals and chairs. According to Meredith Younger Spell, the Avenue 62 line has been doing well, now, the company has introduced the second generation of the line. The new generation of the line still has a mid […]

    Tiki decor motherlode: Oceanic Arts — established in 1956

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    We interview owner Bob — yes, sellin’ the tiki for 57 years! If you are looking for tiki decor — we have discovered the motherlode of all tiki suppliers: Oceanic Arts — via catalog and live in Whittier, Calif. — which has been sellin’ the tiki for 57 years. Wow — what an amazing story […]

    216 affordable mid century modern style sofas — from 31 companies

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    Pam’s August 2011 story about places to buy an affordable mid century modern style sofa continues to be one of the most popular stories on the blog. And good news — in the year and half since this first story, there are even more, affordable mid century modern style sofas that are available for sale. The mid […]

    Pantone products for bed and bath at J. C. Penney

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    Since I’m a trained graphic designer — I always get a rush of geeky excitement when I see fresh PANTONE© products that bring the look of the famous Pantone color chip cards to life in new ways. Today’s spotlight: A colorful collection of Pantone bedding and bathroom accessories now at J. C. Penney.  

    Retro Design Dilemma — Kate’s entry way and built-in corner planter

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    Reader Kate — who has a 1961 ranch and a darn nice name, te-he — also has a Retro Design Dilemma. Her entry way has a beautiful random multi-color slate floor, a tall window that lets in loads of light, and an original built-in corner planter. Her problem — how to put the planter area […]