Curated Cragislist: A Folk Art & Mid-Century Mix

Rattan, textiles, and folk pieces are a few of my favorite art forms, so I’m loving this particular Curated Craigslist. And as a fan of Mexican Otomi textiles in particular, I was obviously inspired to create a new collection when I found an Otomi upholstered Mid-Century chair. I threw in a few folk art pieces, like a ceramic llama and alebrije figurine for a bit of extra “cultura”, a Mid-Century sofa and set of side tables, and some extra woven pieces.

As I mentioned in my first CC post, this blog is truly about my love of vintage and things related, and with my Curated Craiglist series I hope to inspire anyone who reads this blog to go out and explore secondhand options for their home. Not only is it sustainable, but it’s super affordable!

Enjoy!

Links to Shop:

Mid-Century Sofa

Mid-Century Coffee Table

Folk Art Llama Figure

Wicker Chair

Mid-Century Otomi Upholstered Lounge Chair

Small Rug

Side Table Pair

Sinnerlig Pendant

Oaxacan Alebrije Figure

Mid-Century Martz Lamp

Get the Look: Marjorie Green’s Apartment from Twin Peaks 2017

If you’re a Twin Peaks fan, you may already have devoured the first few episodes of the series’ revival–and been in utter bewilderment.

Max and I started the original months ago, and we’re only a few episodes shy of finishing. So I figured I’d take a stab at this new revival, see what those old faces look like today, and find some continuity within the series as a whole. Not the case! Well, the continuity part anyways. I’ve long known who murdered Laura Palmer, but what’s with the glass box? Is Shaggy (aka Matthew Lilllard) the new killer? WHO designed frantic neighbor Marjorie’s adorable vintage apartment–the only thing that makes sense to me!?

On that note, after my confusion I was inspired to gather a few resources for getting the look of her MidMod pad, and I searched everywhere for a still shot of the place (and more info on what the heck I was watching). Enjoy!

 

Where to buy:

Floral Sofa

Vintage Side Table

Birdcage

Mid-Century Modern Lamp

Coffee Table

Rotary Phone

Lounge Chair

Floral Still Life Painting

Have you seen the new Twin Peaks?

Design Inspiration From the Alice & Olivia Shop

For someone who loves textiles, it’s ironic I’m not more in love with fashion. Don’t get me wrong–I do love vintage pieces and thrifting for clothes, and a good embroidered blouse–but I like my fabrics on furniture and the design of a rug more. So when I walked into Alice & Olivia, a peppy designer boutique on Fillmore St. here in the city with my roommate, I was the one ogling the furniture while the others ogled the merchandise (and I will admit, it IS adorable stuff). I’d been before, but I had my camera with me this time and decided to capture the Mid-Century velour pieces and to-die-for shelving used as props and sitting areas.

The Alice & Olivia boutique is an amalgamation of Mid-Century and 70s pieces, chic modern style, and pop art inspired clothing. Brown velour chairs are situated throughout the store while heels, hats, and purses style vintage silver and brass etageres–a Mod paradise. Oh, and there’s lots of reflective stuff, like a gorgeous gold trunk and mirrored wall that give it a funky, lavish feel. Definitely a fun place to check out for furniture, or fashion–whichever you’re into.

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Assuming this portrait is of the designer–this piece is totally in cahoots with the black vinyl bench and zebra hide below.

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Of course, my favorite pieces are the sofa and armchairs.

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I forgot to snap photos of the dressing rooms, but they’re covered in vibrant wallpaper.

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I’m sure this is the dressing room of Mod dreams for some. No, I’m not into this style, but I can’t get over the shelves and chairs, and look at the maze on that upholstery!

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MCM brass etageres–the prep in me wants a pair for my bedroom displaying my favorite pieces.

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And a shot of my roommate, a die-hard fan of Alice & Olivia.

Are you an Alice & Olivia fan?

A Persian Rug and a Mid-Century Nursery

 

A week ago, I was inspired by a little Persian runner on Chairish with colors I thought would be fantastic for a nursery: yellow, blue, and red. A few nights later I had dinner with two former coworkers (and now good friends!), one of which has two adorable, quickly growing twin toddlers, so the topic naturally turned to them. I took that as a sign to put together a nursery designed around the rug.

I love the combination of Persian or “traditional” style rugs with a MidMod aesthetic, so needless to say I went with that theme–and after finding a few cute vintage pieces, including a vintage Eames style rocker in bright yellow and an amazing new, modern crib from DwellStudio, the look came together. It ended up being a fairly modern look with bits of Mid-Century inspiration.

Now I’m not looking into having kids anytime soon, but I find nursery design so fun! It’s definitely a place to take the objects you loved as a child and create a whimsical space for your own…or simply enjoy designing with less “adult” items (notice the Nate Berkus llama–I HAD to add it!). Enjoy!

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Where to shop:

  1. Zoreh Persian Rug from Chairish

2. Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Pendant from Chairish

3. DwellStudio Crib from DwellStudio

4. Fiberglass Rocker from Etsy

5. MCM Dresser from Chairish

6. Honeycomb Shelves from Etsy

7. Llama Plush from Target

Are you planning a nursery soon?

Mid-Century Modern Favorites From Target X Dwell

I’m a vintage kinda gal more than anything, so only on occasion will I dive into a Dwell magazine issue. However, I’m a design lover overall and a sucker for Target collabs–which is why I was as ecstatic as the next person that Target and Dwell were combining forces to create a modern line to accompany Target’s already up and coming (and FABULOUS) home decor collection. The Modern line includes sleek, streamlined furniture with geometric frames and wire legs, modern pillows and throws, and items for the kitchen and patio. There are a few of these items that give me a MidMod vibe, so I thought I’d share my favorites.

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  1. Retro Wool Rug

This rug has a mod (but also very 70s) vibe with its simple mirrored swirls. Definitely a modern piece that will fit into a retro home. Modern has a few of these rugs in similar patterns and bright colors.

2. Metallic Cocktail Glasses

These cool cocktail glasses are adorned with a metallic, architectural pattern too reminiscent of Mid-Century Modern architecture. The Eames would be pleased.

3. Owl Speaker

Leaning toward the modern side (considering that it IS an adorable speaker) of the spectrum, this adorable wooden bird calls to mind the MCM obsession with owls. Think macrame owl hangings, embroidered crewelwork owls, and owl inspired home trinkets.

4. Copper Lantern

This copper lantern is a handy little atomic inspired piece to keep out on the patio for modern style and lighting.

5. Modern Bookends

Tell me these don’t remind you of a MidMod cone-shaped fireplace!? If MidMod is too much for you but you appreciate the aesthetic, these bookends are perfect.

What’s your favorite part of this line?

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Furniture Love: Tufted Velvet Seating

As my blog name implies, I LOVE tufted furniture, and particularly pieces in velvet or velour. Scrolling through a secondhand website like Craigslist or Chairish (which I quite literally do daily) and stumbling upon a funky, retro piece dotted with tight buttons and shimmering in tacky velour is one of those amazing “little things” that only an old furniture geek understands.

At the end of November, I started working for a vintage furniture company, and these velvet morsels are always popping up in our queue. So needless to say, this round-up is all about the tufted velvet seat! I was inspired by an exquisite (and affordable!) lime green velvet sofa on Chairish and started searching for more, though truly I’m always on the lookout for these pieces. But I thought I’d gather a few secondhand tufted velvet chairs and couches that are more readily available online and that will add a bit of that 70s chic panache to your space.

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Where to shop:

  1. Green Velour Sofa from Chairish
  2. Retro Floral Accent Chair from Chairish
  3. Mid-Century Modern Aqua Chairs from Etsy
  4. Pink MCM Tufted Chairs from Etsy
  5. Orange Tufted Couch from Etsy

Which is your favorite?