west elm midcentury findsWe know that many of our readers like to buy vintage furniture and decor for their homes — and that’s great! For most things, we prefer vintage to new ourselves. But for some pieces, it is very hard or expensive to source the real vintage deal. That’s why Pam sent me ‘shopping’ at West Elm — to see what new midcentury styled products they had that may help complement our midcentury decor. Here are 10 of my favorite finds:


wall unit desk midcentury style

1. Mid-Century Wall Desk

This midcentury wall desk is like a mini Cado wall system — perfect for small budgets and small spaces. It would be perfect for fitting a little office or work area into a corner of your living room, bedroom or den. Currently on sale for $559.

midcentury style bed

2. Mid-Century Bed Frame

While vintage headboards/footboards in sizes like twin, full and queen are relatively easy to come by, finding a king sized model can be a bit more challenging. This Mid-Century bed frame from West Elm is available in king size and is a nice option that would look right at home with a collection of vintage furniture.

midcentury nightstand

3. Mid-Century Modern Nightstand

Sometimes it is difficult to find a matched set of nightstands for your midcentury bedroom, so it is good to have a readily available option that looks like it could be a vintage original.

retro planters

4. Mid-Century Turned Leg Standing Planters

Can anyone ever have too many planters? We love these ceramic planters on tapered wood legs — especially since they come in soft pastel colors like pink and aqua blue!

retro planters

5. Iris Planter + Chevron Stand

Another great planter with a decidedly retro look, the Iris planter with stand — which we’d call more of a hairpin leg than a chevron — would fit right in on a vintage style patio.

retro vases

6. Mid-Century Geo Ceramic Vases

This trio of vases look a bit Bitossi — don’t you think? Hey, one of them even comes in blue!

retro head vase

7. Atelier Stella Vases

These midcentury inspired head vases are oh-so-cute and look Bitossi inspired as well. It is hard not to smile when you look at them — how’s that for midcentury optimism? There are mugs and bowls, too!

retro glass bottles

8. Mid-Century Glass Vases

If you are a fan of Blenko glassware but not the steep prices, these colorful Blenko-esque bottles might just do the trick. They come in bright blue and orange, too!

retro mirror

9. Curved Diamond Monte Mirror

The shape of this decorative mirror reminds me of a design you’d find in midcentury homes — either wall plaques or perhaps even windows in the front door. A trio of them arranged on a wall would make an instant ‘art piece.’

retro recliner

10. Rhys Mid-Century Recliner

Here’s another fabulous furniture find — this midcentury styled recliner. It may be easy to find vintage chairs, but recliners — especially those that don’t need reupholstering — can be harder to find vintage. This classic chair would fit in well in any midcentury styled home.

  1. Marsha says:

    Oh joy! There’s a chance that they ship the furniture up here to Alaska at a reasonable price. I’ve had my hopes several times online shopping, only to the dreaded phrase, “only ships to continental U.S.”.

  2. Joe Felice says:

    Love the desk, which could also be used as an etagere. How much for the Rhys recliner? I’m getting to the age where the sofa isn’t working for me to watch TV. But “modern” recliners just look so-well, like recliners.

    1. Enjay says:

      I bought the recliner in this post to replace the “smallest” scale one that I could find over 15 years ago. I was determined to purchase one that appeared streamlined for my mcm redesigned living room, and my m.o. is to describe a new piece to myself so that I’ll ‘recognize’ it when I see it. It appeared before me as a deeply discounted showroom model two days ago–voila!

  3. Midge Brock says:

    Thanks, Pam, for introducing me to this website. There are lots of cool things, and the prices are not horrifying! Can’t wait to get some of those rad planters!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for curating! I can’t really afford the old stuff (waiting for my parents to downsize, when I’ll do rock-paper-scissors with my sisters for their beautiful MCM pieces). I already loved the almost-bullet planters, and now, the nightstands and the wall desk!

  5. midmichigan says:

    Cool stuff, Kate! I always like looking at other reader’s finds as well when the uploader is turned on.

  6. Erin says:

    I’ve been eyeing that recliner, but am curious how comfortable it is. Has anyone actually sat in it? I have a hand me down late 90s recliner from my parents that is SO comfortable, but does not at all fit in with my mid-century furniture. Would love to replace it with something like this!

    1. Enjay says:

      I located a deeply discounted showroom model. I spent enough time sitting in it before purchase to testify that it gives good support both seated and reclining. I thought the seat depth was too much–although a big pillow easily dealt with that–but it is perfect in recline mode.

  7. Kristin says:

    Looks like the “natural oak” aka blonde versions of that bedroom furniture are also on sale right now!

    I am buying a trio of those diamond mirrors to hang in my living room. Thanks Kate!

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