Weekend Show and Tell 8-28 (Take 2!)

28 Aug

*Re-posting as I think I have killed the WordPress demons.  Please let me know if any images don’t show up or any hyperlinks don’t work.  Thanks!

An obscure outpost in the mid-century modern world is natural wood furniture. You know, the coffee and end tables that look like tree trunks. We had these in our home growing up and I always just assumed it was because my family originated in Montana and they liked that weird kind of stuff. You can sort of see them in this photo of me…the wood on the arms and legs of the chair and sofa. I didn’t realize until now how well the mid-century theme pulled through this house from the terrarium on the end table to the pendant lamp in the background to the wood paneling and floor to ceiling drapes to the orange shag carpet. We did nothing halfway, I tell you.

A newer, and I would argue more attractive, version of this natural wood furniture came through my mail this week from The Foundary. For those of you who don’t know, the Foundary is a home furnishings flash sale site. What is a flash sale site, you ask? It’s a site where pieces are deeply discounted for a short period of time. You snooze, you lose. And while not exactly mid-century modern, the bed and the dressers perfectly capture the soul of the recycled wood. These would fit perfectly well in a mid-century home, especially of the Northwest School.


 In the category of someday, I bring you this gorgeous cabin on Lopez Island designed by Stuart Silk Architects (via Contemporist). All I can say is that this is a hella far cry from our experience on San Juan Island this summer. And if I ever go back, it’s gonna be in style like this.


 A favorite blog of mine right now is Rhan Vintage Modern. I love the pieces Rhan collects and especially love learning about how she saves and resuscitates vintage furniture. Visit her shop and see these lovely pieces. I love that she is not afraid to take a paintbrush to something to make it unique. Her current post on mid-century dollhouses is making me miss my Barbie dream condo with the elevator.


From the site Copy Cat Chic, which purports to be chic for cheap, is this beautiful and unique cruet by BHLDN. At $298, I am not sure it falls into the cheap category, but it’s definitely chic.


For those of you who know about our Scrabble obsession, this is a must-do project for our backyard someday.

And finally from my mom, sender of random emails, comes these great retro ads. Thank God we’ve evolved. A little. This is stuff Don Draper and Sterling Cooper would be proud of.








5 Responses to “Weekend Show and Tell 8-28 (Take 2!)”

  1. Corina Montalvo August 29, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    The house photo is great, I personnally love your shoes.

    • Brandy August 29, 2011 at 7:59 am #

      Thank my mom for the saddle shoes!

  2. Trish August 28, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    OMG! Your family had orange shag carpeting too! I’ll have to post some ancient photos of my childhood furniture. Danish Modern….

    Cheers from the West Side.

  3. rhanvintage August 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Brandy thanks for the mention! Loving your blog too.

    Marcy aka Rhan Vintage


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