i grew up in the 1960s, in the burgeoning san fernando valley, no less, so mid-century modern was a daily part of my home life. i didn’t really have an appreciation for it then — not in the least. i recall despising our george nelson coffee table because those awkward slats made it next to impossible to do any proper crayon coloring on it without the paper and crayons falling through the cracks. i have another painfully vivid memory of being overly curious about the neighbor’s chemex coffee pot and dropping it onto their kitchen floor into a million little pieces — i can’t even look at one of those things now without that humiliation haunting me. harumph! so much for embracing the modernist design heroes of my childhood.

now, it’s a whole different story. i can’t go strictly modern, per se, but boy, what i’d do now with some of my parents’ old classics. the mid-century modern that i prefer is a mix of old beautiful icons like a hans wegner chair paired with a moroccan pouf. or a saarinen table with a mismatched, eclectic blend of dining chairs from different eras. add a bit more layered texture, ceramics, books, and some color, and it tends to warm up the space-age vibe for me. an interesting juxsdaposition is what i love, so in a sense, it’s a brand new modern take on the 1960s aesthetic, and perhaps just a little bit more inviting than a traditional, purist modernist’s take on the look — unique and unexpected spaces like these. if this is your jam, look no further than shops like galerie half, mid century modern finds, chairish, amsterdam modern, dwr, surfing cowboys, and of course etsy and your local flea markets.

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clockwise, l to r: built-in paneled shelving by @pauline_chardin; dining nook via domino; fotografie via mirella bee; bed on floor by @piariverola; bedroom via domino; mid-century bookcase via architectural digest espana; ‘78 artwork via airows; dining space via the design files; modern manners book by the gentlewoman; luis barragan home via golden west; glassware and tray by @robertrieger; cocktail bar by commune design; stained aqua glass by j schnapper; mid century chair by maison palmé.

clockwise, l to r: collectibles via the poetry of material things; banquette by salvo lópez photography; artwork via jessica piergiovanni; bedroom by pablo enriquez via apartment therapy; chair via visual appeal; living room via the wall street journal; rattan ribbon chair via ecce home; kitchen via behance; living room via @ciaomar_insta; swimming pool by @piariverola; vintage saturn print via designlovefest; bedroom by in bed store; agave plant by henri coudoux; vintage mid-century collections from le vide grenier.

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• photography credits: click on the image, which will take you to its original source. in the case of my collages, the links are listed just below, clockwise from left to right.