Who are you?

I am Brandy O’Briant and I am a working mom with a blended family that includes four…yep, count ’em…daughters, two natural and two that I consider bonus.  I love writing and art and architecture and was an English and Art History major in college…many years ago!  My love of mid-century stems from my youth and the philosophy behind the modern movement.

Why are you doing this?

Because I am a glutton for punishment. And because I don’t really have enough to do, working full-time and raising kids and working on this house and all. But mainly because I love it. I love the topic. I love our house. I love modern architecture. I love to over-communicate. And I over-communicate because I hope you may love some of these things too.

Where in the world are you?

We live on Mercer Island in the middle of Lake Washington in Washington State. It’s a quick bridge over to Seattle. It’s an island of about 20,000 people and it sometimes feels like living in Mayberry. And no, we don’t have to take a ferry to get off the Island. And yes, it rains here. A lot.

Why should I listen to you? Are you some kind of expert on mid-century modern?

I am no kind of expert on anything. Not design. Not architecture. Not parenting. Not marriage. Pretty much not anything. Definitely not DIY. But I love them all and am learning every day. I want to share our successes and failures with you for your information and amusement. Believe me, you will be amused. You can read about why I love it here when you aren’t laughing at all the photos of me as a kid.

What is with your long strange blog name?

This blog is inspired by one of my favorite home blogs Young House Love. And since it’s mid-century and since it’s modern and since I love it (and David Bowie) = Mid-Century Modern Love. Plus, a reader pointed out to me that in Roman numerals MCML = 1950! Smack dab in the middle of the century. I love it when things work out magically like that.

Are you being paid to blog about products?

I am absolutely not being paid to blog about products nor am I blogging about free product I’ve received.  I would feel too much pressure to be more positive than honest.  I do however blog about a lot of products that I love and mainly because I love them. And I over-communicate. (God bless my husband.)

Okay then, can I advertise?

So you want to reach other cool people interested in mid-century design, culture and home remodel just like you?  You’ve come to the right place, babe.

Mid-Century MODERN LOVE is updated regularly with topics on the coolest time-period in the last century.  Turquoise lamps, orange shag carpet and cocktails?  What more could you ask for?  How about over 20,000 page views per month?

Mid-Century MODERN LOVE has new readers each and every day, with hundreds following through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin, email and other sources.  With your ad or sponsorship, you get a 1X/month promotion on all social sites PLUS a ‘Thank You!’ email listing all sponsors to our email database.

SIDEBAR ADS: $15/month  250×250 pixel ad in my sidebar (see sidebar for sample), placed directly beneath the social icon buttons.  You can start these any time for a 30-day period.

SPONSOR A POST: $10/post  Have a subject you want covered?  No problem!  I love writing about new things!  I am happy to identify your company as the sponsor of the post and include a link within the text of the post.  However, I do not accept guest posts.  Sorry!

PRODUCT REVIEWS: FREE  I will happily review your product in the blog. I am honest and believe that my readers depend on the blog for authentic and sincere guidance. I won’t mess with that. If your product rocks, you will not find a more enthusiastic supporter!

GIVEAWAYS: FREE  I love giving cool mid-century products away!  I will promote the giveaway on the blog and social sites.  I allow one week for entries.

Got another idea?  Hit me up!

More questions to be answered here are they come up.  Stay tuned.


16 Responses to “FAQs”

  1. Emily July 11, 2012 at 12:52 am #

    Love your site, keep up the fantastic work! I live in Seattle and got really excited to find out you’re so close.

    • July 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

      Thanks, Emily! There is some amazing MCM architecture around here. If you get a chance, you should check out the documentary ‘Modern Views’. It features our architect Fred Bassetti among others. Enjoy!


  2. Michele Alford May 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    Brandi- the orla stuff was a bit disappointing. I have been noticing great grey bedding in lots of places and when I read that you are still on the lookout, I clicked a few places and have some suggestions.
    Crate & Barrel: Lumimarja celery, Heina Natural, Unikko yellow
    CB2: grey vines, boulevard, plaid percale
    Land of Nod: gray moving blanket and sham, grey breezy stripe set, yellow animal sham
    PB teen: mini dot sheets in grey, ruched duvet and sham in grey
    I was surprised Garnet Hill didn’t really have anything like that right now.
    Hope you find something perfect,
    Michele A.

    • Brandy May 27, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      Hi Michele…

      Thank you so much for the recommendations. I will check those out. I’ve seen the Marimekko stuff at Crate adnd Barrel. Maeve’s room has a wonderful mosiac like Marimekko duvet cover in blue that I love. Appreciate the reminder!


  3. Joe May 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    Brandy, we have just purchased a MCM home and the carpet needs to be replaced. Cork seems like a choice that is representative of the style of home, but we also like the look of bamboo. Does bamboo spoil the look, in your opinion? We’d like to do something that is sympathetic to the house’s original feeling. The bamboo we are considering is EcoTimber strandwoven bamboo with a honey finish.


    • Brandy May 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

      Hi Joe,
      I have thought a lot about this question: Does one blindly follow what is considered to be MCM style based on the time period or does one embrace the philosophy of the style which included simple, eco-friendly materials with nice lines and a clean look? The answer for me is the latter. But I know for a lot of people duplicating the MCM as historically accurate as possible is where they get their joy. You should ask yourself the same thing. What is your goal and I am sure you will find the decision for you. (Do you hate that I just gave you a non-answer answer? I would.)

      I guess I don’t want to dictate style to anyone, but just to share my own biases. I ‘binged’ (yes I work at Microsoft) some images of the honey finished bamboo and I think it is lovely.

      Do you know what is already under the carpet? Is it anything worth salvaging?

      Good luck and I hope you will share photos!


  4. Michele Alford March 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    I just finished reading every single word of your blog, which I found via pinterest, via apartment therapy. I sort of feel like we are kindred spirits, as I still live in texas, am about to turn 40 in a month, discovered MCM design about 15 years ago and am remodeling our 1946 house in FW.
    Keep up all the hard work- your energy inspires me!

    • Brandy March 25, 2012 at 5:19 am #

      Hi Michele,

      Thanks for the lovely comments. I got your email as well. Flattered anyone would take the time to read the entire blog! You probably know more about me than I do at this point.


  5. lori March 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    I was thinking about using my moms mid century modern bedroom furniture when I redo my daughters nursery into a Hawaiin style big girls room.I have been looking at (typical) white options then thought of her is complete,bed,dresser,nightstand and tall chest.I can’t find a set that is similar and your blog has been helpful so i thought is ask your opinion.

    • Brandy March 25, 2012 at 5:18 am #

      Hi Lori,

      Thanks for asking. I think that sounds like a super cute room. Hailey and Hannah’s room is similar, with linens that have big Hawaiian hibiscus flowers on them. That beachy theme reminiscent of 50s movies is a very cool vibe. Have you considered painting your moms stuff white? Unless it’s super precious or a classic antique, I am always in support of making things the way you want them to be. Do a search on the blog for Maeve’s dresser to see what she did to it. It’s ten times lovelier now than it was when we got it. Please share your results.


  6. matthew November 26, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    you know what I noticed, the acronym for your blog name is MCML = 1950 = mid century. if I were going to do an identity design for it, I would work that in there…

    • Brandy November 26, 2011 at 7:12 am #

      I love that idea. I am working with someone right now and I will tell her.

      Thanks for always commenting on the blog and on FB. Do you get the FB page?


  7. Nancy Mingis October 5, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    Hi Brandy,
    I am delighted to find your blog, thanks to Ellie at Surrounded by Water. We almost met this summer (waved “hi” to each other) although I have chatted with Brett a couple times. My brother and I own the house next to yours. I was there for two months this summer. I come to Seattle to get away from the heat and humidity of the South now that I am retired. I really enjoy seeing this account of your adventures! You are a very talented writer.

    • Brandy October 5, 2011 at 6:53 am #

      Hi Nancy!

      Thanks for the comment. I wish we had met this summer but hopefully will next summer. I am originally from Texas and know what you mean about the heat and humidity. It’s much better up here!


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