L.A. Mid Century Dream Home

MCM Crush:  This eye-popping 1961 gem built by architect David Hyun, located in Los Angeles.  

“Mustard yellows, greens and oranges set the tone, and each additional pop of color matches perfectly. Every piece in the house is secondhand — nearly all bought at Southern California flea markets and swap meets. Vintage magazines rest on the tables and abstract-shaped mirrors adorn the walls. An old record player sits in the lounge next to dice-shaped ottomans and sunken chairs. Lava lamps, geometric shapes, and Hollywood memorabilia are constant surprises around each corner. It’s a bright one story “L” shaped home, with a pool glistening right outside the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. A cabana is quietly tucked away in the corner, large-leafed green plants grow high and cast shadows. Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry, and The Mamas and Papas ring loud through the home’s speaker system. This house is rare, stylish…. Inspiring.” – http://blog.freepeople.com/2015/06/peek-vintage-dream-home/?crlt.pid=camp.Yl1We48SpuW0

Photos by Melodi Meadows

MCM Porn: Kitsch-O-Rama Kitchens!

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We have a passion for vintage kitchen interiors and wanted to share some of our faves with you. Most of these date from the late 50’s into the mid-60’s. We prefer the more modern Laura Petri style kitchens over the early 50’s Lucy Ricardo versions. Some of these feature design ideas we’d be happy to use today!

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We dig this orange and pink color combo!

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Every home needs a giant asterisk in the middle of their kitchen floor!

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Where do we start? This 1961 Formica Kitchen includes insulin shots for all guests.

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“Oh it was nothing! I just threw on my pearls and whipped this little snack up in no time!”

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Pre-dating the “Jetsons,” we are loving this 1957 Fridgidaire Kitchen of the Future!

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“Yes, Madge, you cook us something while I paint another modern masterpiece!”

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Why yes, that “back yard” patio looks quite realistic in this 1961 Hotpoint Kitchen ad!

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SO Don, Betty, and Sally Draper!

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Mad About Mad Men Sets

We are drooling over Interior Design Magazine’s tribute to the furnishings and set design of one of our fave shows, Mad Men!

Set Decorator Amy Wells and Production Designer Dan Bishop have nailed the period perfectly from the show’s time span of early 60’s to 1969. Everything from furniture to distinctive props and wallpaper all come together to create “Mid Century Modern Porn” for us design addicts!

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“On Matthew Weiner’s TV series Mad Men, the set for the New York apartment of Don and Megan Draper is a penthouse on Park Avenue. Photography by Eric Laignel.” – Interior Design Magazine

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“Paneling in the reception area imitates walnut. Photography by Eric Laignel.” – Interior Design Magazine

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“Its color palette is intended as a counterpoint to the hard lines of the architecture. Photography by Eric Laignel.” – Interior Design Magazine

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“Custom cabinetry in the Drapers’ bedroom is walnut. Photography by Eric Laignel.” – Interior Design Magazine

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“Paul Williams’s L.A. headquarters for MCA, 1939, inspired the agency’s new satellite office. Photography by Eric Laignel.” – Interior Design Magazine

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Megan Draper serves cocktails to neighbors Arnold and Sylvia Rosen. Photography courtesy of Michael Yarish/AMC.

Inspiration from Vintage Sunset Books

At Modern Bear, we love collecting vintage Sunset books from the 1950’s through the 70’s. These specialty books were published by Sunset Magazine, and devoted to such subjects as landscaping, cooking, and do-it-yourself design projects. They feature a plethora of photos and articles that can inspire today’s Mid Century Modernist to recreate for their lifestyle today! One can find these books on ebay, etsy, and your local thrift and vintage stores.

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