Mid-century

Something's Got to Give

Something's Got to Give (1962) - Dean Martin's mid-century home.  It's full of beds, but he won't take his new wife, Cyd Charisse, to bone town.   

Something's Got to Give (1962) - Dean Martin's mid-century home.  It's full of beds, but he won't take his new wife, Cyd Charisse, to bone town.   

I just watched Something's Got to Give, Marilyn Monroe's last (partial) film, and she is more stunning than ever.  I was going to make a joke about how she is not as stunning as that daybed, but that would be lame because there is Marilyn, and then everything else.  

If you want to get the look, West Elm has a remarkably similar model.  

Widow Daybed $550

Widow Daybed $550

Dean Martin stops by a hotel, dotted with Mid-Century Sunshades.  I love these, and I don't know why they aren't more readily available.  Design Within Reach sells one, but it is $1000 and only comes in white (two things that make no sense), and there are a few more options at inmod (but still so overpriced).  

I just don't get why this product doesn't have a version on Overstock or Amazon?  The construction seems fairly standard, and it does not use any more material than other $200 patio umbrella's on discount sites.  Someone make this please.

Now that's what I call well designed.

Now that's what I call well designed.

Sofas for Cat People (The best kind of people)

I have two cats, and they are the loves of my life, but they are murder on sofas.  The sides and back of sofas are perfect scratching posts, so cats claw them to shreds.  I have seen cat owners try to cover their sofas in Saran wrap, or other such eye sores, but it is lose-lose.  

I was going through a sofa every two year, and assumed my life would be full of disposable craigslist mediocrity, until I found this campaign style sofa. 

Joan and Deirdron

Joan and Deirdron

My dream sofa.  Each cushion is slowly being replaced by a leather one as my cats pee on them.

My dream sofa.  Each cushion is slowly being replaced by a leather one as my cats pee on them.

The magic of this sofa, is that all the sides are boxed in.  There is nothing for my cats to scratch.  Yes, they do a little damage here and there (animals!) but as the cushions wear out, I can replace them without tossing the whole couch.   

Boy style sofas can be found in many different styles:  

House of Lies: Season 3, Episode 11 - The slick-as-hell offices of Khan & Associates

House of Lies: Season 3, Episode 11 - The slick-as-hell offices of Khan & Associates

My parents have this sofa, so I should probably write another edition of  Chairs My Parents Have

My parents have this sofa, so I should probably write another edition of Chairs My Parents Have

Mid-Century Mulaney

Mulaney: Season 1, Episode 1 - Gay-old-man-neighbor's mid-century rent-controlled apartment

Mulaney: Season 1, Episode 1 - Gay-old-man-neighbor's mid-century rent-controlled apartment

I watched the first episode of the new sitcom, Mulaney, last night, and it seems promising.  The highlight was Elliott Gould's $80/month apartment (oh magical rent control).  It is decorated in a masculine, layered, mid-century style that I can really get behind.  

Eye-Spy these elements that I love:

Eames lounge chair

Oriental rugs

Abundance of house plants

Successfully executed gallery wall

Brass sconce

Los Angeles Real Estate

I recently lost a few hours of my life looking at Los Angeles real estate listings and dreaming of the day when/if I could afford something.  I was on Trulia.com (addictive!) when I stumbled on this outdoor space:

2 bed/2bath home  in Eagle Rock/Highland Park for half a mill

2 bed/2bath home in Eagle Rock/Highland Park for half a mill

This is how it connects with the house:

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And better yet, this home linked me with a truly mouth watering real estate blog focusing on my neighborhood: TakeSunset.com

It's the kind of blog that makes you feel like this home is just within your reach:

 

Los Feliz 3 Bed/2 Bath  for a cool million

Los Feliz 3 Bed/2 Bath for a cool million

or this one:

A Sexy Office for Masters

The first half of the second season of Masters of Sex have Masters and Johnson floating from hospital to hospital, unable to find a permanent place to conduct their sex study.  Then, all of a sudden, FLASH-FORWARD!  The show jumps a few years into the future, and we find our protagonists working in the sweetest office on on TV.

Even though they are still struggling financially, they have taken up residence in an unsavory part of town, thus can afford more square footage.  Masters is pretty vain, so it would make sense that he would spend his last nickle on cutting edge design.  

Behold:

Masters of Sex: Season 2, Episode 8 - A slick new office for the good (more like grouchy) doctor.

Masters of Sex: Season 2, Episode 8 - A slick new office for the good (more like grouchy) doctor.

As you can see, the office is shaped like a doughnut with offices surrounding a sunken waiting/reception area.   The decor masterfully combines glass, wood, stainless steel, black metal, brass, rich drapery and leather.

Aren't the door handles stunning?

Aren't the door handles stunning?

What I find most striking is how there is so much yellow beige, but it still looks clean and modern.  

For example, if the walls were shades of of blue, it would be so easily modern, but they achieved the same effect with variations on mustard.  Simply incredible.  

The Spoils of the Dresden

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I just watched the first two episodes of The Spoils of Babylon, a faux 70's mini serious, and found it strangely captivating.  Will Ferrell plays Eric Jonrosh, writer/director/narcassist, and presents each episode of his "masterpiece".  

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I noticed they filmed this scene at The Dresden, which has a beautiful mid-century dining room from 1964 (didn't have a great food experience though).   The picture doesn't do it justice.   The slated wood dividers make the banquettes feel intimate, but also highlight the height of the ceiling.  So elegant.  

Wondrous Long Beach, CA

Hillary and I love the Long Beach Flea Market.  We don't know why people go bananas for the Rose Bowl Flea Market, when Long Beach is much less expensive and less stressful.

Hillary and I are planning on heading down there this weekend, so I thought I would let you in on a Long Beach secret.  If you don't find what you want at the flea market, there are many other great places in Long Beach to continue your search.  Make a day of it!

Here are some of of the places on our Long Beach circuit: 

Warehouse 1333Has a great mid-century furniture and smalls.  Ask for a discount and the just might give you one.

Grandma Darling's Antique Mall - Not worth going if you are in a mid-century mood, but if you have a taste for something older, then have a look around.

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Long Beach Antique Mall I & II - These two antique malls are virtually across the street from each other. They are stacked with mid-century finds (which is all anyone from southern California seems to want).  The first one has more soda machines and signs, and the second one has more furniture, but both are worth a pop in.  

Downtown on 4th St there are more antique and furniture stores, but they are pricey, so Hillary and I don't stop by often