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Saturday, February 7, 2009

what's old is new again (mid century modern)














































A mid century modern house was the perfect back drop to blend an eclectic mix of styles such as Asian cabinets,modern furniture, ethnic and Art Deco silk area rugs, Roseville(Arts and Crafts period) and Jonathan Adler pottery.



Last summer, Chase and I scoured many different stores throughout the Portland area. We usually frequented http://www.consignmentgalleryportland.com/ . We found an iron and glass top coffee table from the recently closed Urbino Home. This was a good thing. the last coffee table was eaten by his English Mastiff, Mr. Magoo. The 50's style lounge chairs were in mint condition in the original peacock blue fabric. The Greek key motif pillows are a cut velvet from http://www.clarencehouse.com/ .


The colourful large area rug was a wonderful find from http://www.ebay.com/. Chase redid the floors through out his house in a warm cork tile. It truly looks outstanding. The Parson style solid teak dining table and chairs were also found at the consignment store. The chairs were originally covered in a yellow and red rooster toile. It didn't take long before we had them reupholstered in Moccasin stripe colour: parrot from http://www.pollackassociates.com/ . The kidney pillows were remade in Mod a blue-green pattern with the backside in Accolade colour pimiento(cotton velvet) also from Pollack.






The pillows on the sofa are Velours Klee from Clarence House made from remnants from another design project that I had completed a couple of years ago. The sofa was one of the only new pieces that was purchased. The collection of boxes came from various retail stores such as http://www.shopcielo.com/ and http://www.saintmaine.com/



Having a good eye for design, buying at the right time, watching till the price is right is very important when shopping at consignment stores.


This was a fun project.Shopping for old or used was a great way to test my hand at being more sustainable. Maybe one day I will remember to recycle my plastic.As long as someone else takes it to the curb. ha! ha! ha!


wishing you the best,
John










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