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A Look Back, Mid-Century Modern and Its Timeless Design

Elizabeth Tobin

In our last blog we looked towards the future and how we're incorporating Mid-Century Modern design into our upcoming Wellfleet project. For this blog, we're taking a look back. We've used some staple Mid-Century Modern pieces in past projects that we've seen popping up in other designers projects too! Instagram and other social media platforms have really allowed a new light to shine on Mid-Century design and how it's being reintroducedto modern day interiors.

Designed in the late 50's, the Eames chair became one of the most recognizable Mid Century design efforts. We've found fun and chic ways to incorporate it in a few of our projects. We've collected them below to show off how they shaped a muted and moody in a Fort Point Condo, worked as a mellow neutral accent to a family dining table, and provided a playful blue structure in a kids office. The Eames chairs timelessness has given it a versatility that is exciting to incorporate no matter the room!

Sometimes it's just that one key piece that really make a space. In a transition home with lots of clean lines it’s nice to have a piece that provides some shape without over powering whole design. I love to use Mid Century Modern Furniture for that exact reason! It's structural design provides the perfect cornerstone to complete a project. The Nelson Pendant is a lighting fixture that we've used in our Cambridgeport project and a few others. I find that they make a great compliment to almost any of our designs.

We’ve used approved reproductions from vendors like Design With In Reach but also from vintage sources like 1stdibs.com - a source that’s not only great for MCM but also your more typical antiques. Take a look at how we've mixed at matched mid century modern lighting and seating in our projects below!


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Mid Century Modern Deck House on Cape Cod!

Elizabeth Tobin

Original Plan by LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, Inc.

Original Plan by LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, Inc.

We've been tasked with an exciting new summer project! Our clients spent time traveling Scandinavia and fell in love with the clean simplicity of Scandinavian interiors. Aimed to be a mid century modern deck house on Cape Cod, we are designing this project with a certain focus to dream up our clients recent European travels nostalgia.

Completed gutted to the original wood beams framing the house, there are a few key features that shape the home extraordinarily. Below are some before pictures of the project that present the 8ft sliding doors that open to the front patio and terrace that will boast a blooming vegetable garden and hot tub overlooking the Welfleet Harbor. The cornerstone of the house is a two floor brick fireplace that will be painted white. Sky lights scatter the ceilings and give the slanting roof an abundance of natural light which is an important element of Scandinavian interiors.

Our clients requests were to incorporate their favorite colors, indigo and orange. We've sourced some incredible pieces that revolutionize mid century modern. It's an exciting challenge for us to mold this homes interior to fit a style that is experiencing a renaissance with today's home buyers. Companies like West Elm, Blu Dot, Lawson Fenning, and even Anthropologie are on the trend and have produced spring furniture lines that show their modern muscles in this stapled style.

Our clients are a family full of makers and artisans. The project will include a separate loft cottage with a first floor workroom for woodworking and relaxation, and a second floor private suite for guests. An artists shed will sit beside the cottage to provide a space to paint the gorgeous views the home sits upon. Although the home is coastal, this project will be a welcome challenge to incorporate a style we don't regularly get to try our hand designing. Take a look through the gallery below for our favorite mid century pieces and inspiration images! Keep up with us for a full reveal.


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Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

Elizabeth Tobin

 

We love it when a client presents us with the opportunity to wow! For our newest renovation our client had a simple request : A modern, clean kitchen with a pop of color. These renderings highlight a few fun elements we'll be implementing to bring a new heartbeat to this traditional farmhouse.

 
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Although the structure of the home is inherently farmhouse-esque, our clients personal taste sings clean and modern. To bring some warmth, we're opting for a two-tone counter top in a mix of walnut and stone. Surrounding the island are walnut barstools we're covering in a hot pink leather titled "Orchid" from Jerry Pair. To add texture and round out the space, we're adding an ombré backsplash that waves hints of purple throughout. See below!

 
 
 

We've curated a Jonathan Adler light fixture and some custom Lucite legs supporting the island to truly bring the kitchen together. Color, especially in fabrics, brings excitement when you want it and adaptability when you need it.

 
 

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