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July 8, 2020 Mid-Century Modern

Furnishing a Mid-Century Modern Home: Inspiration & Sourcing

A guest post on sourcing mid-century modern furniture from our partner, ATTIC.

Nothing completes a beautiful mid-century home like furniture and decor drawn from the same aesthetic. The simple, sleek lines of MCM furniture pair up perfectly with the modern, open and airy feel that make mid-century homes the gems that they are. The following post provides some inspiration, whether you’re just starting or continuing to furnish your home. We’ll focus on two spaces: dining rooms and living rooms.

We’re also going to introduce you to ATTIC, a one-of-kind resource that will help you find the best mid-century furniture from stores of the DC and Baltimore regions. After all, who wants to buy a “forever” piece of furniture without ever seeing or touching it? ATTIC makes that process so much easier. ATTIC is now available in cities throughout the country, but is owned and operated by a small team based right here in Washington, D.C. Its mission is simple — to make it easier for consumers to shop from small, local businesses.

 

Dinner is Served, In Style

Whether it’s with family or friends, the importance of meal time transcends culture. As such, dining rooms and breakfast nooks are often visual focal points in modern homes. And with pieces like those pictured here, it’s no wonder why. Rectangular, round, “boat-shaped”…small, grand, or expandable…mid-century dining tables come in a vast array of options. Likewise, some of the most famous furniture designs in history are those for mid-century dining chairs.

 

Rosewood Dining Table

Rosewood Dining Table
Modern Mobler

Walnut Dining Table

Walnut Dining Set
Peg Leg Vintage

Teak Dining Table

Teak Dining Table
CaribeCasual

 

 


 

Out of the Way and Contained, Beautifully.

Another fixture of mid-century furnishings are the elegant, yet practical storage pieces. Think long teak credenzas, tambour doors, and glass hutches. They keep your dish- and servingware accessible, but also serve as works of art in their own right.

 

George Nelson Credenza

George Nelson for Herman Miller Credenza
Fair Auction

Walnut Credenza

“Sculptura” Walnut Credenza by Broyhill
Peg Leg Vintage

Modern Credenza

Modernized Mid-Century Style Credenza
Martha Leone Design

 

 


 

Have a Seat and Relax

Light-filled living rooms and fun-focused family rooms are other features of MCM homes. It’s only natural to adorn them with chairs that scream “grab a book, please!” The legendary Eames lounge chair is always a good and comfortable option. And then there are side chairs, many of which give you an opportunity to infuse your own style by personalizing them with upholstery of your choice. Whichever seat you take, when your eyes grow heavy, just lay that book down on your lovely coffee table.

 

Plycraft Lounge Chair

1950s Plycraft Lounge Chair
Brain Washington

Midcentury Daybed Sofa

Norwegian Daybed Sofas
Mary Kay’s Furniture

Walnut Coffee Table

Walnut Coffee Table
Hearthside Home

 

 

The furniture pieces we’ve shown you in this post are only the tip of the iceberg. While MCM furniture and homes have some common characteristics, they also have significant stylistic range depending on the designer, material and function. Start to explore the options and you’re sure to find the right pieces to complete your home.