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Dangerous Bedding – Detox Your Sleep!

Hello.  This morning I got into a mattress discussion and some of the folks were aware of off-gassing that many of these synthetic materials create.  A few folks suggested airing the mattress out for a specified time period.  But I said why not go 100% organic and get a nice comfy latex that lasts forever, no airing necessary?  Just because you air something out, doesn’t mean all the harmful contaminants have gone away.  They’re still there, off-gassing as your sleep, slowly eroding your health.

Here’s a great alternative with a link you just click on for further details.

My Green Mattress, Simple Sleep 7″ 100% Natural GOLS Certified Organic Latex Mattress with GOTS Organic Cotton and Natural Eco-Wool Cover (Queen)

Part of enjoying the great architecture of your Mid-Century Modern home is having great sleep and a quality of life that supports many years of staring at this eye candy we are lucky enough to walk around in every day!

The body is naturally detoxing between about 9pm until around 11am.  A great mattress will lessen aches, pains, pressure points and encourage restful sleep.  So whether you are shopping for family, for yourself or simply dream of sleeping through this holiday season, here’s to the glorious holidays and the coming new year, in peace, health and prosperity.  🙂

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Filled Up, Fed Up! Embracing the Zen of MCM

 

EMBRACING SPACE.

Part of what attracted me to Mid-Century Modern design is the simplicity and openness of the architecture, the wedding of outdoor and indoor spaces, thus creating a delightful blur between us and the rest of nature with window walls and sliding glass doors that invite us to explore beyond the four walls.  While you can still fill it all up, this type of architecture begs for simplicity and looks its’ very best sparse. Sparing in both landscape and furnishings works to showcase the design and create expansiveness. Most MCM homes were not large sprawls but under 2500 sq feet. Mine is 2105 and I had to significantly pare down and squeeze into it.  2 years in, I have given up a leather lounge set and other furnishings too substantial, too heavy and large to fit comfortably.  Our home looks fairly spacious and I am continuing to reduce things.

To get you into the vibe, check out William Krisel’s Palm Springs: The Language of Modernism.  And you don’t have to live in an MCM home to appreciate a lot of the aesthetics and apply them where you are right now.

LET IT GO.

A few years ago, my husband and I agreed to let go of anything we either didn’t really love or didn’t use at least annually.  Being fully mindful of what is used and what continues to sit year after year is eye opening.  Sure, the thing may be nice or be a lovely gift but if you are not actively using it or it is not a delight to the eye, such as a piece of art, then let it go to a new home where it can live out the life intended for it and thereby create space for something you truly want or need in its place.

THINGS DON’T ALWAYS STORE WELL.

I have a neighbor who collects stuff.  He wants it all for free, anything anyone doesn’t want, stuff left over at a garage sale or left curbside.  He will admit it weighs him down, he has boxes and boxes of stuff and has even built a new garage and rented a storage unit to contain it all.  Things don’t always store well.  Fabric, rubber,  materials get dry rot. Hoses, seals and belts dry out, wiring can get ruined as well.   I had an opportunity to buy someone’s 1 year used high-end washer dryer set but they had been in storage for a few years.  I just pictured the potential hot mess I was buying and said no.  Things are made to be used and few things remain pristine and perfect for long periods unused.  Buy and hold onto what you need and let the rest go.

LAND OF PLENTY.

We tend to think in terms of great deals and opportunities that come only once, sales and getting stocked up.  The truth is that the universe is infinite.  When we act with right action, with good intentions, the universe conspires to provide us what we need and want in our lives.  There is no need for jealousy or clawing at what we want, it will happen when it’s time, when we are ready, as we plan in faith.

MY STORY.

I will share just two.  Story 1) I spent 3 years searching for a Mid-Century Modern house, they are suddenly all the rage and I completely get why, however, it made finding mine a bit of a living hell.  I had notebooks filled with zip codes, prices, addresses and comments. It was a second job for me, finding our Middy.  I looked so long and hard that the same houses came back on the market.  You know you’ve been looking a while when that happens.  As it turns out, a home I lost the first time around, came back 1.5 years later when the couple that bought it realised they would never ever move back to Dallas and sold it to me.  I lucked into a pocket listing where this house had not yet gone officially back on the market, back on MLS, but the current owner called my realtor who said ‘I have your buyer’.  Planning, patience, preparedness and a little kismet!  Sometimes I wanted to give up, perhaps it was not meant to be.  A year into the search, some friends asked me how long I was going to pursue it but my realtor said looking this length of time was not unheard of and to stay the course.  So I did.

Story 2) I was laid off at work and had several deaths in the family.  Coming out of a time famine where I worked exceedingly long hours most of the time at no additional compensation, which had left me losing out on a lot of personal time with family, I created a wishlist of what I wanted next.  My focus was on what I wanted not what I did not want.  I believe you have to think in terms of positives, of affirmations and make it so.  My wishlist was 1) Not to work so hard to earn.  I wanted to apply myself, but not to the point of health affecting overwork. So my goal was hourly employment if possible or a contract that limited my exposure. 2) I wanted to work from home because I get a tax write off with my office and have been working from home for 20 years.  I wanted to maintain this environment if possible. 3) I wanted to better or at least maintain my current salary.

I meditated on my wishlist but was also open to the possibility that I would not get everything I wanted as I was re-inventing my work self.  In the end and amazingly, an ex-coworker set me up in an amazing opportunity that provided me exactly everything on my wishlist.  I was laid off a full year.  During this time, I did not actively pursue employment.  Instead, I focused on myself, my health and wholeness.  I spent the entire year studying with Hippocrates Health Institute, which has nothing to do with Project Management or Telecommunications, but everything to do with my life and creating balance and longevity, both key to both my happiness and my future employer.  I worked at being a leaf upon the wind, letting my inner voice guide me to the right decisions as I ended up with several offers.

CREATING ROOM.

When we stop, breath, listen to what brings us closer to peace or farther away from it, we get clear on what makes us happiest.  Life is not meant to be a drudge but overall, a joy.  Work should be, while at times we all get a bad day, something that brings you fulfilment.  Someone job searching posted on LinkedIn all her struggles to locate work.  She was making a full-time job of it and for months on end.  I could hear the stress in the spaces between her words.  My comment back was a suggestion she perhaps just stop.  Just stop.  Just relax.  What brings you peace?  Would you like to learn a new language or take a psychology course or go on a working trip abroad or any such something you normally would not do in a typical time famine between work and home requirements?  Go, do those things and let the answers and the opportunities come to you.  When we are not bruising our shins on too much dross in our lives, even grand, luxurious, nice dross, we find the space we need to co-create change in our lives.  Stuff weighs down our mind.  Everything we own is catalogued there, something to track and care for.  Too much stuff can be overstimulating to the eye and nervous system.  Less to dust is not a bad thing.  Find your own comfort level with stuff, with space and here’s to co-creating your best life!

Another book to help you get there: Making Midcentury Modern  by Christopher Kennedy or Deborah Burke House Rules to provide mood.

MCM – Art Is Life

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Some folks just want a box to protect them from the elements.  Their needs are simple and they don’t invest a lot into their abode.  As you are here, my assumption is that you have higher aspirations for your dwelling.

Each home lives differently and brings with it a vibe that you can accentuate to your liking.  Just like us, though, it is important to honor the vibe by tuning into it, into what the house speaks to you about, so you get any tweaks and changes right for that particular house.

I’m blond.  As a child I was quite upset I was not born dark skinned with straight hair as my best friend was.  But I had to eventually come to terms with my Scandinavian/German heritage and flat accept who I am.  I am not black, Hispanic or any other person of colour.  I am, in fact, just a notch below albino.  In this life I am a white paper girl.  And that is ok.  And while my hair isn’t straight or black,  I love that it’s texture and curl is  identical to my lovely dark skinned Hungarian mother in law.

So we all must work with what it is that we’ve got.  Actually, we need to honor what we have because this is the only way that we are truly going to bring peace to it and bring out the best that we and our dwelling can be.

Homes are a shelter, firstly, but they are also spirit.  Our house affects our mood even before we hit the driveway as we come home daily to it.  Unfinished this and that’s, a remudle that messed things up, or just plain dirty (see other posts on cleaning tips!).

My mother once exclaimed ‘I feel so sorry for you, Suzi! All those dog toys every place!  That dog is just ruining your life!’  She had it wrong.  Now, if you have children’s toys all over the house, you may want to pick things up but a few toys is joy in the evidence.  I went to a friends home and her children were all playing with toys in the living room.  She immediately apologized and began picking them up.  I said, no, let the kids play.  A home should be joyful.  A teacup sitting at the ledge of an otherwise clean and polished coffee table suggests joyful use.  My husband left his cup in our sitting room the other day and I imagined him there, reading and sipping his tea, wondering upon all his thoughts as he reposed.  Rather than immediately pick the cup up, as I typically do, I left it all day.  Each time I passed, I smiled at the fact he enjoyed this room.

Most of us spend so much time at home.  Those of us who don’t, are still tethered to it as a sanctuary away and apart from the outside world.  Therefore, I believe the home should convey who you are on a personal level.  I like to walk in a room and see how a person lives and learn more about them in this manner.   I went to an estate sale in our neighborhood recently.  There was a lot of stuff, most of it trash.  They had crammed the house up with detritus of little to no value and filled, floor to ceiling, 3 additional sheds on property with similar worthless junk. On a conscious level, perhaps they had ceased thinking about it, decades ago, but I promise you, on a subconscious level, it wore them down.

We recently removed 2 10×6 metal storage containers the prior owner had installed.  We have one more shed to remove so that the landscape can take further shape.  But I wonder what is so important that 2100 square feet cannot contain it?  Why have so much that your architecture and landscape take a back seat?  Why be in danger of jamming a knee just trying to navigate to the bathroom?

Like a wall in an art museum, I have honed our living space, significantly paring down furniture and furnishings.  What we have pops more, is easier to clean and keep up with.  What we own, also owns us.  Sometimes that is a very cool and groovy feeling.  I loved my Porsche and I love my MR2.  I love many things in my home and the home itself.  To a point, I am cool with them owning me too, but also, I try to be cognizant of not acquiring too much, making things over the top where there is too much labor and maintenance as that sucks the joy out.

It is good to periodically examine how we live and if how we are doing that today still serves us.  What do we want to bring into our life and what can we let go of to feel lighter, brighter and create space for something we will truly treasure?

Need some great advice to begin?  I love this book by Karen Kingston, Creating Sacred Space With Feng Shui

 

 

Mod Holidays – Great Modern Stocking Stuffers for The MCM Fan

Let me just begin this page by stating I sure hope someone who deeply loves me, sees this, because I would love to have any of these finds!  I enjoy shopping, just ask my very patient husband.   So that stated, honey,  I did not purchase any of the items noted below…except for the Christmas cards, purchased 2 months ago so they sorta don’t count.

So , what about you?  Thinking of gifts for your favourite Mid-Century Modern fan this year?  Well, I have put together some great items ranging in price from a few bucks to bigger.  Just click on the links of interest to shop!  Happy Holidays!

How about some adorable Charlie Brown stamps ($12.65 includes shipping) to get cards in the mail?  Whether for you to spread the cheer or give to someone you love, these are forever stamps to be used at any time, even perhaps Christmas in July!

After we purchased our MCM home, I began getting these delightful retro cards every year.  I adore these fun and spirited cards from the Retro Christmas Card Company.  Many designs to decide from, too! ($12.00 & $4.00 shipping)

Mid Century Family Christmas Cards, Package of 8

Who doesn’t want a groovy Calder inspired mobile by AtomicMobiles? (I suppose someone that already possesses a Calder)  But these are well made, true in design and I know this because I have one.

Mid Century Houses Today, by Lorenzo Ottaviani, is a weighty hard cover coffee table book for both looks, educational and inspirational reasons.  I soaked this stuff up when learning about and looking for my Middy as well as, because the search was such a bitch, keeping me on point, not settling, keeping hopes up and staying the course.  Now I display these books and use them as reference material.

For a gift that keeps arriving, there is always the delightful read all the way through Atomic Magazine, $19.95.

Atomic Ranch

And for the well stocked MCM kitchen, who would NOT love this ensemble? Atomic Dreams Linen Kitchen Set!  Potholder, apron and oven mitt and a dish towel, $32.00 and free shipping.

I love this flowery tea towel!  This yummy jacquard print is by Split P, it’s hip and mod.

This retro butterfly flask ($10.00 and free shipping) really sets a groovy tone and looks way more expensive than it is! Perfect for cocooning in a corner by the fire or display on the bar.

1960s Or 70s Mod Butterflies 1 Flask 8oz Stainless Steel D-304

And this set of  6 retro floral cocktail napkins are hand made! ($11.99 & $3.94 shipping)

Retro Floral Fabric Coasters, Set of 6

Same price, and hand made by the same artist, this pastel set of 6 retro floral cocktail napkins.

Reversible Mod Floral Fabric Coasters, Set of 6

OMG, what is NOT to like about this Lava Lamp Ice Bucket by destination PSP! ($58.00 & $4.49 shipping)  I’m dying over the lucite topper, and those colours!

You get 6 rather stunning rocks glasses for $34.95 and free shipping.  Not sure you can beat that.  They are gorgeous and manly….but I like it too.

Everybody wants to look and feel shaggadelic.  I rep for Miessence which is a certified organic skin and body care line with a few enzymatic home care products too.   It’s easy to shop online but harder to find pure organic ‘skinfood’ like this.  Take a look and I am here for any questions you have.  Give the gift of healthy, safe, potent and pure beauty!  (see more about health stuff at my other blog,  puretemple.org) https://www.miessence.com/puretemple/en/category/1/skincare

So…let us say you know someone who loves modern, but they’ve got a sofa or chair with chunky legs.  Upate that look with these 7″ MCM tapered legs, which come in finish options! $29.97 & free shipping is a bargain!

The blue on this retro set of 5 shot glasses is stunning.  Perfect for the individual who appreciates something truly from the era. ($58.99 & $24.50 Shipping)

This vintage hand blown bowl, below,  would look awesome on somebody’s coffee table filled with nuts or chocolates.  $249.99 & $24.50 shipping makes it yours.

The simplicity of this amber Blenko style glass is classic.  $60.00 & $4.49 shipping is nicely priced.

The strong and silent type, Man’s face planter, great for many things from agave to fern. $160.3.4 & $6.98 Shipping makes it so.

For some hip music,  I personally know this guy.  He not only is a great family man, but a fantastic entertainer!  We hired him to play at our housewarming and you’d swear to it that it was 1962 all over again.  This is cheap and fabulous if you like the era of Dean and martinis.

Ricki Derek’s Holiday album is fantastic.  $1.39..cheap and fantastic.  How often are these two things combined?

And non holiday Ricki Derek:

Ricki Derek

And Crack of Noon:

The Crack of Noon

Looking for something hippy for her?  Check out this boho bag!  $21.99 & free shipping makes it very cool.

Mood ring anyone? Hand made in 14k Gold, $125.00 & $4.52 shipping, make someone smiley faced!

Crown Medium Mood Ring in 14kt Gold

Happy shopping and may the season and coming new year bless you with gifts of health, prosperity, great food, fun, dear friends and family!

Cortland Bookshelf for Atlier D’Amis

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What an amazing bookshelf, love at first site. I believe this just makes my dreams come true from a design aesthetic, and I truly need this in my home.  How to woo it?  While I have purchased vehicles that cost more than this shelving unit, it would be a hard sell to my adoring and very practical husband.   What I have now are two metal Ikea shelving units that came with our house.  What I want is this dream floating off the gray terrazzo as the Design Gods intended.

Both striking in design, quality of materials and ample room to put books, magazines, and tchotchkes upon, it is a great piece, not to mention companion pieces that go with it.  Both at home in new modern, Mid-Century modern, upscale industrial and Edwardian, this is sure to grace a few truly magnificent homes while still quietly commanding your attention.

The bookshelf comes in two sizes  with satin or gloss brass over aluminum and hand applied concrete impasto shelves.
Dimensions: 7’10 1/2″ Lx 1′ 3 3/4″Wx6′ 10 5/8″H
and 5′ 10 7/8″Lx1′ 3 3/4″Wx6′ 10 5/8″H

I have not stopped dead in my tracks over a bookshelf in a long time.  This is art.  https://deringhall.com/cortland-bookshelf-by-atelier-d-amis

Price upon request: https://deringhall.com/cortland-bookshelf-by-atelier-d-amis

Consort Acrylic Desk – Oh My!

Dexter Acrylic Desk by Consort

I am not an affiliate marketer for Consort-design.com, but it won’t stop me from reporting on this gorgeous desk.  With the dimensions being 50Wx28Dx30H, its a great size for using as a desk or in a foyer.

Acrylic was used extensively in MCM design, and don’t you love the hairpin legs?  $1600.00 and you can switch out the acrylic top for, say, marble or cerused oak. In the switch, you could make the desk longer or shorter as well.  This piece is fantastic floated in a room or against a wall or window.

Wouldn’t this Kate Spade Acrylic desk set go lovely?  Love the brass adding just the right pop against the dark hairpin legs of the desk.

Ligne Roset Estenda – One Awe Inspiring Coatrack

Sadly, I am not an affiliate marketer for Ligne Roset, but that just cannot stop me from sharing this delightful coatrack with you!  What entryway,  would NOT benefit from the Estenda coatrack pictured here?  My husband would say right here that ours wouldn’t but he would be adorably incorrect.

Anybody into MCM knows teak and walnut are huge for the era.  This little gem of a coatrack is striking eye candy unadorned by hat, keys or coat.  It is nearly a shame to cover any portion of it up, but of course, you will.

Designed by Busetti Garuti Redaelli, the piece is natural varnished solid American Walnut with your choice of nickel or brass-plated steel, it is height adjustable with gliders for added stability.   I personally want the brass finish.  Brass is en vogue once again with many hardware treatments done in what I term ‘sexy brass’ which is a rich, creamy, golden brass and not the cheesy 80’s high polished version that makes the nose crinkle up.  About $1000.00 and it can be yours!

Here is the store locator and specifically Dallas, however if you are out of the area, just plug in your city for locations nearby.  https://www.ligne-roset.com/us/store-locator/?city=dallas

The Mid-Century Modern Vibe

 

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There is a lot of buzz about Mid Century Modern design.  I want to review what the design ethic is as well as its origins and vibe, and why you may want to join in fully embracing the style.  Things are cyclical because people tend to forget about things and then somebody has an ‘Oh Yeah, I remember that’ or ‘Hey, that is pretty sweet’ moment and as this desire spreads,  gradually the design gets picked back up again.  When enough folks jump on in, the trend gains heat.
Right now, MCM design is molten lava hot!  This is great because it makes it far easier to locate furnishings, both old and new that work with the feel of the era, but also bad because the market can be saturated with poor quality cookie cutter furnishings too mass produced,  or just things that really don’t represent the era well.

This is a site both for the purist, as well as one who wishes to incorporate Mod design into their life.  You may just want a toe in the water, love your Victorian or Edwardian home and perhaps want to incorporate some of the MCM style.  So I located a few sites and have included the links to them here:  http://www.homedit.com/reawakening-the-midcentury-modern-vibe/
http://yourhomeonlybetter.com/how-to-create-a-mid-century-kitchen-with-a-retro-vibe/ utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=%2Bbig%20%2Bchill&utm_campaign=Search-Branded

And for a killer retro fridge with colours, take a gander here: http://bigchill.com/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=%2Bbig%20%2Bchill&utm_campaign=Search-Branded

The era was one of coming out of the war and feeling positive about new beginnings.  This positive energy was put into great yet simple design with an emphasis on simplicity and entertaining.  The thought was on leisure time, getting a lot more of that!  Who could argue that we’ve veered off course in our greed based society currently?  But also, who could argue that we long for far more ease and leisure than we currently have?  It is for this very reason, unreasonable work- loads and long office hours, coupled with McMansions lacking in design integrity, that I feel is the driver of these passions that cause folks to literally line up to buy one of these MCM homes when they hit the market in Dallas (and elsewhere).  The bidding wars get intense!

The bidding wars get intense!  I fin-ah-ly got the home I am now typing in, because it was a not yet on the market pocket listing.  My realtor (patient for nearly 3 years) got a call and it was a home with most of my requirements in my price range and in one of the areas we wanted.  Still, this little man called my realtor daily asking if the deal with me had fallen through yet and could he look at the house and submit a backup offer.

Keeping The Faith! IF you are out searching, don’t settle and don’t give up your hopes.  And I say this as one who grew gray, cried and got very down and filled 3 journals with notes, addresses and favourite zip codes and homes!  You know you’ve been house shopping a while when the same homes pop back up on the market.  What is depressing?  Bidding on them again and still missing out.  So, if you are searching, breath and here my words: The perfect house is going to happen in the perfect moment for me…say these words in the mirror daily as you smile at your reflection.  I journaled the things I had to have, which for me was terrazzo floors, window walls a large living entertaining area and a huge kitchen. YAYEE ME!!!!!  Yayee you, very soon!

I joke that on this home I paid the prior owner alimony to buy this house from her.  It was the 2nd time this place went on the market and she never got to live here because her partner didn’t want to budge from their amazing space in Seattle, not even during the winters.  So, 1.5 years later, I got it but for $75k more than I would have paid the original owners and no, she didn’t remodel a thing.  Alimony.  But sometimes you have to pay to play and we are very happy with our alimony terrazzo and window walls here!

The Inside Is Outside Is Inside Vibe – Can you dig it?  Our home wraps around an atrium/patio area.  This classic feature visually expands the space as well as being perfect for entertaining and Plants!  I adore plants and the clean oxygen they give off!  So now I am on the hunt for some groovy vintage plastic kite chairs at hopefully a bagain.

These homes exude peace and groovy style while many are very easy maintenance, for example terrazzo, seriously strong and gorgeous!  Easy to steam mop and ok, window walls do need periodic cleaning but I have a battery operated squeegee, the Karcher WV50, for that!  Spray on, vac off…Spray on, vac off (wax on, wax off…yes, copying).

Before setting to remodel, live in your home at least 6 months, unless something dire just cannot wait.  I say this from the experience that, with architectually significant homes, you will find they do tell you what they need, and what they don’t, if you are open to listening.  So before you totally rip out that kitchen or bath, or upgrade your glass walls, sit back and listen first.  Whatever you end up doing will benefit from this bonding time with your middy.

I welcome comments and questions.  Be blessed in a home well dressed.