Thursday, May 28

Home Design: Live in The Era of Mad Men

Make it simple but significant. 
Don Draper
Mad MenAn American period drama about society of 1960´s, highlighting cigarette smoking, sexism, feminism, drinking, homophobia, adultery, antisemitism and racism. (Wiki) An awesome TV series which aired their last episode more than a week ago. They made the interior design of 1960´s, mid-century modern, very popular again, so that's awesome.

Mid-century modern is all about simplicity, nostalgia and comfort. In that uncertain era it was important for people to have a sense of connection and security in their homes - tough times produce innovative designs out of necessity. 

Here are some tips on HOW TO CREATE THE STYLE OF MAD MEN IN YOUR HOME!

Mad Men (Season 5)
Don and Megan Draper's Apartment - Mad Men - Season 5 - Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/AMC

1. Pick the Right Colours

For mid-century modern colours should be darker neutral tones combines with saturated accent colours. You should follow the 60-30-10 rule; 60% dominant base colour, 30% secondary colour, and 10% accent colour.

2. Less Is More

Keep in mind to keep your design simple. No unnecessary details or clutter.

3. Wood details

Mid-Century Walnut Credenza Dresser

4. Let There Be Light




Mid-Century Ivory Ceramic Lamp

5. Embrace Patterns And Textures

Mid-Century Modern Sofa by Kroehler


6. Retro Art 


Retro Style Sunburst Clock

These are some great elements of recreating the MAD MAN home interior design. But you should always put a little bit of you into your home, make your own interior design mix and match with what speaks to you. People are not black and white when it comes to design, we like different elements of different interior design styles. So here is how I would add mid-century style to my own taste.

My Mix and Match Examples

 

1. Home Office


Womb Chair with Ottoman, Chandelier and Desk are from Chairish, Rug is from Love4home and Cabinet from IKEA

 2. Living Room

Sofa is from Chairish, Cabinet, Lamp and Ottoman from IKEA, Rug and Pillow from Love4home

I hope you like it.

Also, I am taking this opportunity to invite you to check out NeverMind, a new blog about style, fashion, motivation, event planning and design! It is a team effort and we are very pleased and excited about new beginnings and ideas.
http://nevermindnm.blogspot.com/


With love,


Maja

Tuesday, May 5

Old to New - A Polka Dot Remodel

Greetings,

In the attic of my mother´s house there are a lot of hidden treasures, especially since we have been moving stuff up there since I can remember. Al of the old stuff, my childhood memories, clothes, books and toys, it is all up there. But not in a hoarding kind of way. We did throw away all of the useless stuff and gave away everything that others can benefit from. But there is still a lot of clutter left. My mother and I, we are different that way - I throw away everything I don´t have a use for, she keeps it all in case if someone would need it someday. 

For a few years now I have been restoring and refinishing old furniture and giving it a new, great look. I really do love doing this and am so glad if someone asks me for ideas, help or general advice. In every piece of old furniture I always picture their full potencial in a new, awesome design. This idea was my mothers though, she wanted yelow and she wanted polka dots.

A new, refreshed look
BEFORE
AFTER
The use of the new furniture - I am sorry for the bad lighting, I could have taken a better picture..
Matching decoration
Matching decoration number 2

With love,

Maja