My DUX Chair Mystery

 

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I have stumbled upon a chair mystery. Yes, a mystery involving what could be a rare chair.  I’ve been coveting a danish modern vintage side chair for my living room, something with clean lines, perhaps with one of those famous Z bases made from teak with a nice bright fabric.  I haven’t come across any in the vintage shops I frequent, until yesterday when I stopped at OddFellows in Berkely, MI.

If the price is right and I love it, I buy it.  Then, I take it home and do the research to see who made the piece.  So, I followed my usual modus operandi and hauled the chair home.  To my delight, I saw a maker’s mark burned into the wood, which looks like this:

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Stamp burned into the base of the chair

The sales tag on the chair said it was designed by Folke Ohlsson, so I went to work looking that information up on the trusty internet. This is where things get a bit confusing:  I can’t find any official information, but from what I could gather, DUX Inc. was founded by Ohlsson in San Francisco, CA in 1953.  He later moved the company to Burlingame, CA.  However, if the company was based in the United States, why does the stamp say “Imported Original Made in Sweden?”   Does that refer to the materials only and it was designed and put together in the US?

Adding to the mystery is some information I found about a current DUX company that is actually located in Sweden.  This one was founded in 1926 by Efraim Ljung, and I’ve come across a website showcasing the DUX in Sweden’s 2014 furniture revival, featuring the elusive Folke Ohlsson.  Here’s the link: DUX Design Revival

So, are these two companies related?  If anyone out there is reading this and knows, I’d appreciate any background information you could provide.  I was able to determine that the trademark on the US DUX logo expired on October 1, 1987 and it doesn’t seem to have been renewed. But, dun-Dun-DUNNNNNN, the DUX logo currently used in Sweden looks exactly like the US version.  Therefore, I’m assuming this company is out of business, and maybe the DUX founded in Sweden picked up the rights?  ORa more likely scenario would be the DUX in the US was founded as a branch of the DUX based in Sweden —  I’m taking a wild stab here, but I’m thinking the US version was implemented  by Ohlsson and he, and others, designed the furniture and sent the plans to Sweden to be manufactured and then imported into the US.  Anyone have any clue if I’m right on this?

Oooh, I love a good mystery!

Yet, another layer to the mystery is the chair itself.  I’m not 100% certain this is designed by Ohlsson.  It’s a DUX for sure, since it’s stamped. Not just stamped, but burned into the wood to make sure it just doesn’t walk off.   One night, after everyone else was sound asleep and I could finally indulge myself, I was digging deep into the depths of furniture design on the internet and came across patents that Folke Ohlsson filed with the US Patent office for several of his chairs.  Finally.  Here was something definitive, except none of those chairs match the actual one I own.  Why would he patent some of his designs and not this one?

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I only found a few pictures of this chair on the internet as well and they were attributed to Folke Ohlsson so I’m going to assume it’s by him.  I do wish I could know for sure and get a date on this.  It seems it was manufactured sometime in the 1960’s, based on the very little information out there.

Regardless of who designed this, I bought it because I love it. Even the kids love it and the two of them fight over who gets to sit on it.  You can hear my cranky mom voice shouting out, “Get OFF my FOLKE OHLSSON! RIGHT NOW!”  Because I rescued it and I don’t want smooshed bananas on it.  I have no idea who Mr. Ohlsson was when he walked this planet, but I like the idea that I have one of his chairs.

When I found the chair at the vintage shop, it was in real good condition, except the cushions seemed to have been reupholstered by an amateur at some point; the cushions in the back have visible staples holding the fabric together.  In the future, I’ll take this in and let a professional reupholster it.  For now, I’m enjoying the smooth contours and how the chair seamlessly fits into our living room without overwhelming the space.  Even if I do end up sitting on someone’s leftover banana chunks.

Mid Century Modern Front Door

The door that came with our 1958 house was in bad condition

I once heard someone say the front door is the soul of a house, and I have to agree.  What we have is original but over the years I seriously considered scrapping it and getting a new fancy door. I was almost talked into buying a McMansion-type door with all of the fancy scroll work with panels and brass trim several years ago before I knew what MCM was — thankfully, I passed on that one!  They just don’t match the MCM aesthetic and we would have wasted a lot of money.  I visited Crestview Doors’s website to ooooooooooh and ahh over their fab MCM designs.  However, they are in Texas and I am in Michigan and I was reluctant to make such an expensive purchase sight unseen. I also recently read some poor reviews and that the price of the doors has jumped dramatically into the $3,000 to $5,000 range.  Plus I would need to work with a carpenter, another cost eating my budget, in order to get one of these coveted doors.

I just can’t afford something like that, especially when I saw on their website the EXACT same style of door I already have attached to my house.  I’ve been getting braver about doing repair work on items and wanted to take a crack at that door.

Here is the story of our door

Before we moved here, the previous owner hired someone to spray paint everything beige.  I mean everything.  I’m talking about walls, ceilings, trim, the brick on the fireplace, and the front door.  I cannot and will not live in beige world.  So, in newlywed bliss, we painted what we could (bad idea since we are both not suited to the task of painting) and we kept the outside of the front door beige and I painted the inside bright white.  Big huge mistake.  It looked super shabby, especially with the door open against our wall which was yellow at the time (beige and yellow look real icky next to each other) and even with a new paint color (gray blue) it still looked shabby because the paint had peeled over time in several places.  The white on the inside was gross because white shows every greasy finger mark and every smudge possible. Who knew we were so dirty! Plus, it was peeling as well.  I thought about repainting the whole thing, but knew I would have to sand it down to even out the many layers of paint and I just couldn’t decide on a color that would match the exterior and the interior.

Here’s some before shots:

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I have yet to come across an uglier front door. However, can you hear it screaming to be saved?

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So very very very blah (if it wasn’t for the cute baby, this picture would be a total waste)

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Close up shot of the front, where the weather managed to crack and peel and chip the old paint down to the bare wood. After seeing this small sample, I decided what lay beneath may not be so bad.

                                                              

 

I decided to go with the idea of staining the door.  A natural wood color will match everything, inside and out.  I will never have to worry about clashing and I’m on this real big MCM natural wood kick. I just think it looks good, with just the right amount of retro thrown in.  I also had the added challenge of replacing the long rectangular glass insert that cracked when the door slammed shut during a vicious wind storm.  Everyone I talked to about my project gave off the impression of doom and gloom about how I was never going to get the paint off and it was just too much work.

That just fired me up!

I did some internet research on what I needed in terms of supplies. I already have a sander and purchased paint stripper, plastic scrapers, more sandpaper, gloves, a breathing mask, stain (cherry), stain conditioner, mineral spirits, topcoat, rags, a nice brush, and went to work.

Earlier in the week I worked on getting the moldings off from around the window.  I wanted to reuse them simply because my husband and I do not have any wood cutting tools, getting someone we know to do it for us is always a touch and go situation, and I feared it would just be too hard to get the measurements exact.

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After taking off the moldings, the wood looks rather damaged and aged and crumbly. This made me a bit nervous but I forged ahead anyway since the door was already ugly.

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I got them off from the inside, and saw that the old glass was held in place by some sort of bonding sealant.  I measured the glass and went to a local glass shop, Merry Go Round Stained Glass Inc. where the nice sales lady helped me choose something suitable.  One of the big issues with my door is that the glass was clear and anyone could walk up onto our porch and see right inside.  I wanted some light to filter in, but still be able to block busybodies.  I found a swirled gray and black pattern that I thought would reflect nicely from the gray in my dining room wallpaper.  After purchasing the glass and paying for the cuts, it cost me $32.  What a deal!

Now the fun part.  My husband was really excited to see what we could do with this door and he took it off the hinges and took off all of the hardware.  We went right to work pouring paint stripper down on the front side.  I bought the jug that came with a spray bottle and this stuff did not work as well as advertised.  It took a lot of work scraping up the bubbles and it didn’t help that we found layers of beige, peach, turquoise, another slightly weird turquoise, and a layer of stain.  I went out and got some thicker stuff, which did the trick.

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Once the paint was off, I could see the wood was in decent condition.  I’m not an expert on this type of thing, but it looked good.  Some wear was visible since this door stood guard against the harsh Michigan weather for nearly 60 years.  I went to work sanding the front and it came out as smooth as butter.

 

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The inside of the door went much faster since there were only layers of white, beige, and a stain.  Again, gave it a hearty sanding and wiped everything down with Mineral Spirits.

 

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I conditioned the wood with Minwax Pre-Stain and after a bit of patting myself on the back for getting the old paint off and keeping the door in one piece,  I started the actual staining.  I like this process much better than painting!  It was easy to do and the wood started to glow.  It took a few coats the next day and after drying for a few hours we put the door back up so I could leave the house!  Vic put the stained glass in and nailed in the old moldings, which were looking a bit…rough.  Ok, so maybe saving them wasn’t the best idea but it got the job done. I figured I could repair them during the week.

 

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This is a shot after sanding and conditioning. To me, the wood looks good.

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After 3 coats of stain. I wish all of you could have been here in person to see what the door truly looked like with all of the layers of peeling and cracked paint, versus this natural beauty. Pictures do not do it justice.

Over the next few days, I did just that.  I bought some wood filler and showed those moldings who was boss.   I sanded it down when dry, which didn’t turn out the best.  They were still bumpy and I just couldn’t get into those teeny tiny spaces all that well.  But, they looked better.  I didn’t stain the moldings because I would also need to strip the paint and these moldings were starting to crack.  Instead I painted them gray.  Gray is my neutral color of choice and I feel like it’s a very forgivable and flattering color – neutral without being too boring or too harsh.  I bought paint samples from Home Depot and they tinted them for me, which only cost me about $6 for the two bottles I bought.

 

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This filler worked well and dried quickly.

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This is the topcoat I put on the door, inside and out. It was recommended from the instructions on the can of Minwax stain, and so far so good.

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Here’s a pic of the filler drying before I sanded it down.

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Finally, the moldings have been filled, sanded, and painted. It’s hard to see in the photo, but there are still some rough spots. Two layers of paint really smoothed it out.

Here is the finished product.  The door has transformed my living room and I love the natural wood color.  I did put two coats of topcoat on each side, which made it shiny and should protect the wood from snow and rain.  I am proud that my husband and I spent under $200.00 and kept the door we had instead of having it sent to a landfill and spending about $5,000 on a new door.  I don’t mind the imperfections either, because this door is about 60 years old and has a history embedded into the wood.

 

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Overall, we spent about 12 hours stripping the paint, sanding, and conditioning the wood. I spent the next day adding four layers of stain with dry time in between.  Vic spent another hour inserting the glass and nailing the moldings in.  I spent about three hours repairing the moldings, sanding them, painting them, and doing two coats of topcoat to the whole door.  So, while a large project, I feel like it was wasn’t that much time when the end result is exactly what I wanted and would have cost us thousands if we went with Crestview.

I will be on the lookout for a MCM doorknob backplate in a starburst pattern, or escutcheon as it is usually called.  But, that’s another project for another day!

Modern Madness

I’ve mentioned how my husband is really into his Star Wars and other galactic Nerd Art, so to balance that out I purchased this:

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It’s Mr. Don Draper from Mad Men!  This is proudly hanging up in our dining room and while we eat, Don sips at his scotch and enjoys his modern furniture.  The colors are vibrant and the painting really goes well with the rest of our mid-century decor.  The show has been such an inspiration to our decorating and it’s been really fun looking at the furniture, which seems like its own silent character on the series.  Vic and I get excited when we see a cool Danish Modern chair or vintage wallpaper and this print adds a bit of that Mad Men magic to our home.

Here’s a link to the Etsy shop this print came from: LTillmanArt

Wallpaper

Wallpaper never appealed to my tastes – most of it seemed very outdated to me and it looked like it was “too much” in most rooms I saw it in.  While we were discussing our dining room remodel, the topic of wallpaper came up.  What if we did just ONE wall?  We were getting a bit bored with plain paint and just wanted something different.  We did not want anything too “grandma” or anything with little flowers.  Something bold, like on Mad Men, was in our minds. 

I started some research and found the Detroit Wallpaper Co. at this link: Detroit Wallpaper.  Based in Ferndale, MI, this company specializes in modern wallpaper with bold patterns and an interesting palette of colors.  I was instantly drawn to their Library design, since my life is about books and I always wanted a library feel to a space in my house.  The hardest part was choosing the colors!  Yup, it’s all custom made and you all know how I love custom!

I wanted a green for that lower impact stripe and a gray for the breaks.  The color for the background was difficult to choose because I knew the pattern could be a bit overwhelming and didn’t want to blow it with something too bold.  I finally settled on a light grayish-blue to complement the color of the adjoining living room. 

The folks even let us visit their factory one morning to look at samples.  I highly recommend this company and all of their designs are gorgeous.  They even do rugs and tables, so check them out!

 

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The room is fresh and modern, and is a wonderful space to enjoy.  I really love putting our own twist into a MCM space. 

OrWaDesigns MCM Inspired Cabinet

 

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The dining room is almost complete.  For months I have been looking for a MCM cabinet to place in the corner so I can store my laptop while I complete editorial projects right out of the dining room.  Cables from the laptops I use are a constant source of irritation to me and a hazard to Nutty (everyone’s favorite free range guinea pig) who likes to seek out dangerous cords and give them a big hearty chew. Once again, I scoured listings for estate sales and came close to scoring a cabinet.  One was a neat looking record storage unit, but it was already gone before I got there.  Another was at a vintage shop but it was also purchased before I got there.  Craigslist had nothing I fancied. Ebay has gotten really expensive and I didn’t see anything listed that was small enough to fit my space.

 

Finding a great piece is a challenge.  I really want to keep up the MCM theme I have going, since it does reflect nicely on the architecture of the ranch we live in.  However, getting to those desired pieces is really hard.  It seems as if people are truly appreciating the furniture from the mid century time period and the nice pieces are hard to find and very expensive.  To solve this, I found something that I didn’t even consider – custom made furniture.   I logged onto Etsy and found OrWaDesigns, which specializes in creating MCM inspired furniture.  The best part?  It’s all custom made to your specifications. I emailed them right away when I spotted a nightstand that I knew would work for my dining room.  I was able to give these fine folks the height and width I needed, the stain, and the paint color I wanted.  Remember how excited I was when I ordered custom teak tapered legs for my Ikea couch?  I was seriously about to burst with happiness when the box was delivered to my house.  Below is the final product:

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 See those cool star cut-outs?  This is what drew me to this piece.  You see, what I need is a true solution to my cluttered lifestyle. Cords are a necessary evil in my house, and with OrWaDesign’s collaboration, we were able to design something unique and functional.  I had them place cut-outs on the left side, one for each shelf.

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Now I can run cords into the cabinet and through the cut-outs on the side and into the outlet – keeping the clutter to a minimum and out of reach from guinea pig teeth.  When I’m done for the day, I can tuck it all inside the cubby, close the door, and not be bothered with a slightly annoying mess of cords piled on top of a cabinet.

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For good measure, I had them do a cut-out on the very top of the unit.  At some point, I’m going to find a fabulous lamp, let’s keep our fingers crossed I can find a true vintage gem, and I figure I can place it on top and then run the cord into the top cubby and out the side into the outlet.  FUN!

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  OrWaDesigns did a great job and their craftsmanship is excellent. The doors flip open smoothly and are held in place with magnets. The piece is sturdy and I love love love the tapered legs, which gives it that vintage feel.  I love that it fits my space.  I love that it is unique.  To me, it doesn’t matter that it doesn’t have a famous mid century name attached to it.  The lines and feel of the piece “go” with what I have and I’m enjoying the eclectic mixture of vintage and new that I’m slowly collecting. If you would like to see what else OrWaDesigns has to offer, please visit their Etsy shop: OrWaDesigns

Atomic Age Bullet Planter

This post has been in the works for awhile because my dining room was in the process of being remodeled and I wanted to post a finished picture next to my amazing new wallpaper.  During the early spring, I was browsing through Vogue Vintage on an uneventful Monday morning, when I spotted a bullet planter.  I’ve been looking at the ones from Hip Haven online, but those are so expensive and I really couldn’t justify spending about $200 for one planter.  The one I did find was a bit sad looking, but I loved the shape.

Here’s how it looked when I first brought it home:

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The stand was rusted and the planter was painted a coppery color with some dark swirls embedded in the paint — I’m really not a fan of brown right next to black. To me, it’s a fashion faux pas to wear a brown belt and black shoes!  The color looks bleak when, with some effort, it could really be a stand-out piece.  I really wanted something bright, so I figured this would be a good piece to try to paint.  I only paid $40 for this planter, and I couldn’t find any markings on it so I felt confident that I wasn’t about to destroy a rare specimen of MCM design.  So, I bought some spray paint and got out my sander.

 

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I gently used my sander to get rid of the copper color and the swirls became more prominent.

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I kept going and got most of the old finish off.

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I bought a can of Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Paint + Primer in Key Lime and sprayed away!  The legs I did in black Rust-Oleum and that covered the rust I couldn’t scrape off.  Then, everything got a clear top coat and after several hours of drying, I brought the pot back into the house.

 

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I didn’t want to drill holes in the bottom of the planter and put a dish underneath, because I think that would look tacky and messy.  So I added some rocks to the inside and planted my snake plant in a separate green pot that has holes in the bottom.  That way, the water from the plant can drain onto the rocks and every so often I can lift out the plant and clean out the old water.

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The pot and the stand are a bit different from the ones sold at Hip Haven, but the idea is still the same.  Every mid century home should have a bullet planter in a bright atomic color!

Johannes Andersen Model 94 Dining Chairs

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It finally happened — I got the call.  The dining room chairs I so very much wanted were available for purchase!  Earlier this week, as noted below in the blog, I was at Vogue Vintage (check them out on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vogue-Vintage/182712211755303) and I came across an amazing dining set, which I thought was priced way out of my league.  Little did I know the chairs could be sold separately from the table (a Hans Wegner) but someone already reserved them.  I gave Lynn my number and told her if the deal falls through and they were interested in selling me just four, to call me.  And call she did!

I picked up the four chairs today for a great price that was well within my budget and brought them home as fast as my husband’s beat up pickup truck would allow me.  They were designed in 1961 by Johannes Anderson and they are the #94 model chair for Christian Linneberg.

Made from black leather and rosewood, these chairs are in great condition.  The leather has some vintage wear on them, but I have a leather cleaning kit so I went to work on the seats, and after some polishing they came out looking almost like new.  I would say the wood is in really good condition, with only the smallest specks of wear.

Here’s a before shot of the chairs we bought as newlyweds.  Very high backed chairs in black cloth, which did not hold up to the sun cast into our dining room, and filled with lots of stains from two kids.  I really am not a fan of how high these chairs are because they make the room look so cluttered.

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Here’s the after shot with the new chairs — please ignore the curtains, the cracked plaster on the wall, and the Pier 1 cabinet.  Those are all going to be replaced with fab new designs in the very near future (but please feel free to admire Nutty – Everyone’s Favorite Guinea Pig by the sliding doors).

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Vic and I bought those fun red chairs at Ikea and they make an impact on the dining area.  I’m trying to add some pops of color in unexpected places and since these are cheap chairs that are easy to clean, why not?  I like having a more eclectic feel instead of very formal and proper.  MCM should be fun and part of an easy living lifestyle.

My many thanks to Vogue Vintage and to Lynn and Steve.  They cut me an awesome deal and their shop is totally worth checking out.  Located on Woodward near I-696, it’s a nice little afternoon trip.  They have lots of furniture and decorative items from several time periods, and every time I go in there I notice more “new” merchandise.  Buyers from movie studios often shop there looking for authentic time period pieces, so be sure to snatch up what you see because if you go back it may not be there!

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Faux Franciscan Starburst Plates

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Look familiar?  I’ve seen this pattern on plates over the last year when I visited vintage shops and I’ve come across it somewhere on the internet or in a magazine.  It’s the Franciscan Starburst pattern…or is it? 

I thought it was original and bought two of these to add to my vintage 50s collection.  Since I’m a bit green when it comes to true MCM — I focus more on what I like versus just buying for the sake of the name brand —I looked it up online when I got home.  These plates are from the Stetson company and are a knock-off from Franciscan Ware’s “Starburst.”  From what I can tell, the true ones have opaque colored circles inside the atomic burst, while the circles in the Stetson brand are more faded, like the stamp didn’t have enough ink.  I really can’t find any true info on these from Stetson, like a year, but they do seem like well made plates and do not have any cracks or chips.

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Still cute and functional though.  I put cheese and fruit on them and serve with dinner.  Hopefully I can find several more to use as everyday dinner plates.  I really like the off white color and the bursts inside. 

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Silent Lovelies – MCM Without a Name

Eames.  Saarinen. McCobb.  These are some of the familiar names within the MCM community  partly because their furniture designs are distinctive, well made, timeless pieces.  This week, I had the itch to get out of the house and poke around Vogue Vintage.  In the middle of this fab vintage shop was a set of dining room chairs I just knew  belonged to me.  As I came closer, I saw that it was a set of 8 chairs paired with a gigantic mint condition rosewood dining table – Hans Wegner was listed as the designer on the card.  The set could not be broken and it was listed at $8,000.00.  With a sad whimper, I pulled myself away and waved good-bye.

Unless I get really really super duper lucky at an estate sale, I’m probably never going to be able to afford a piece from one of these great designers.  But that’s ok!  Sometimes it takes a little bit of digging and imagination and something FUN pops up.

I spotted this sweet little $20 table at Vogue Vintage. 

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It has no name but I love it anyway.  I’m calling such items Silent Lovelies because no one knows who made them or where they came from, but yet they have some endearing qualities to their designs.  This table has the typical wooden tapered legs of the MCM time period and a cheerful orange painted on top.  It’s completely unmarked with any stamp of who, what, where, when, or why.  Was it mass produced?  Someone’s 10th grade shop project?  Did Grandpa make this for Grandma out in the garage?

So, here my Silent Lovely sits by my backdoor, home to my basil and rosemary plants, and of course, our very pouffy Chief Pig.  Nutty kind of likes his hay bowl underneath the table and keeps nudging it more and more into the middle.  I find him sitting there chomping away with the sunshine on his back.

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This little table is the jumping point I need to get started on my dining room renovation.  In the next couple of months, I’m getting rid of the curtains, the shabby chic curtain rods and cabinet, and am going to have the room repainted with one section wall papered with a super fun modern pattern.  I am in dire need of 4 Danish Modern type dining room chairs.  Something that doesn’t have a high back and they need to be armless.  If any of you dear readers have any leads for the Metro Detroit area, drop a comment so I can go check them out!

 

 

 

Retro Starburst Glassware

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Recently, my Godmother Patty gifted me a beautiful vintage starburst platter.  This was her mother’s from back in the good ol’ days of mid century Detroit when her parents owned a party store in the Warrendale section of The D.  The platter was a promotional item for their store from a local glass company, and Helen got two of them.  We are trying to figure out the name of the glass company, which Patty is sure begins with a P.  If this rings a bell with anyone, please leave a comment and for goodness sakes let me know! 

ImagePatty is also an estate shopper and came across a nice set of drinking glasses with the exact same pattern as the platter. How random and therefore awesome!  She was kind enough to purchase the set because she knows I’m trying my best to decorate in MCM and every MCM home is practically required to have atomic glassware.   I’m planning on using them to drink Highballs out of when the next season of Mad Men premieres — people drank Highballs back in the ’60s, right?  Mostly, we’ve been using the glasses with our Sunday dinners because Sunday dinners are just a bit fancy and it’s nice to bring them out of the display case.

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I love these glasses.  For being somewhere around 50 years old, they are in amazing shape without any chips.  I know people say this all the time, but they really don’t make things like the way they used to.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to keep these in the family for generations to come. 

 

Nerd Art and Pulling the Living Room Together

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Do you have any idea how hard it was for us to find pictures to put on our living room walls?  This decorating stand-off lasted 10 long years — the two of us just couldn’t find that one thing in wall art that we both liked.  Every so often, we’d sit in the living room after the kids were in bed and say “Hey, we should buy some paintings!”  Sometimes I would try to shabby-chic the joint by purchasing things like a cute canvas print of a whimsical bird and we did have a framed watercolor we purchased off the street in Paris during our honeymoon.  It was “nice” but not something we even noticed was on the wall after 3 hours.

Enter our 10 Year Nerdiversary.   We are nerds.  We like Star Wars.  Star Trek (Bwa ha ha, you’re watching Star Trek?  Wait a minute….helloooooooo Captain Kirk, you sexy man you, Chris Pine).   Superman (yo, the Christopher Reeve one not the tanked-up CGI stuff they try to pass off as good cinema).  I mentioned Star Wars, right?

My dear husband was blown away when I surprised him with a day trip to the Detroit ComicCon last May and we had the honor of meeting a gifted artist by the name of Andrew Heath.  His booth had some really interesting designs from our favorite sci-fi.  Here’s a few of our purchases that have been properly framed:

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Cloud City from The Empire Strikes Back and a nice Star Trek tribute.

Here’s another familiar face:

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Here’s the link to Andrew Heath’s website in case you want to order your own Nerd Art: http://www.andrew-heath.com/Home.html

Prices are reasonable for prints and delivery is fast as well.

One of the best things is that our Starburst Clock matches all the prints.  Take a looksie here:

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We live in a house built for a family with kids.  The living room is more stylish now that I’ve taken out the big bulky furniture and added the MCM side table and the credenza, bought the Ikea couch, and added the Artichoke Lamp.  When the toys are spread out during the day I don’t sweat the clean up because I can tuck things away on the shelf and bins in the back, put our things in the credenza, and pop open the drawer on the side table and hide away Good Night Moon.

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The living room still needs some love.  The closet doors need to be repainted (I’m taking color suggestions!) and I’m toying with the idea of painting the front  door or buying a new one.  The glass in that panel is cracked – has anyone out there ever had something like that fixed? That beige on the front door clashes with the inside of the house and makes me sad so what color would you suggest?   My outside brick is tan and gold with beige (ugh, hate beige) siding on the eaves.

Also, does anyone have experience with Crestview Doors?