Ricardo’s Space in the Small Cool 2012 Contest on Apartment Therapy

I swoon over MCM (mid-century modern) for the same reasons as everyone else: a nod to simpler times, clean lines, simplistic furniture, design beauty, and timelessness. But, I love how these three home used modern colors to make these rooms feel up-to-date and beautiful. I’m a bit fascinated with that turquoise planter. It’s pretty stunning with the Laurentii house plant. The scale is perfect.

Home of Matt and Kathy Allison featured on Design Sponge

That mint wall mixed with those brushed gold scones and starburst clock is just beautiful. I also like how the lamp is MCM in design but the black and white pattern is more modern. This is just such a lovely space.

Jane’s Living Room via Retro Renovation

I really want to replace our couch with a navy one. This one would be perfect. I’m sincerely hoping that the vintage furniture gods will place one right in front of me for only like $100. I can dream, right? How perfect is that navy though?

Some things I don’t like about MCM are size. People were just smaller then and I’ll never understand a double bed. It’ll always be queen or king for me. My house was built mid-century and I’ve got no clue where they put a dining room table. It’s possible the kitchen has been redone and so maybe larger cabinets have been added in there. But, I don’t think so.

I truly appreciate how all of these vintage inspired rooms are such a wonderful tribute to mid-century modern.

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