2.18.2017

1949: Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen & Henry P. Glass Hairpin leg side table.


Too often we associate mid-century modern furnishings only with the 1950's and later, but the origins start earlier than that. Recently I came across this advertisement in a textile industry magazine from the late 1940's.

A case in point is this textile manufacturer's advertisement for Spring 1949. To emphasize the modern aspects of a specific fashion fabric, the photo stylist selected the Womb chair designed in 1946 by Eero Saarinen and a side table whose hair pin legs were probably designed by Henry P. Glass in 1941.

This forecast was published early 1949 in the textile industry publication: "American Fabrics"  It is the ninth issue of this quarterly magazine that started after the war.  It featured both fashion and home decor textile designs and technical information for the industry.

This advertisement was created for a product called Jacqueline jacquard faille by the Verney Fabrics Corp. NY. I have featured more advertisements from this issue showing fashion, and textile designs on my other blog, Pintucks, that may interest anyone looking for 1940s styles.

12.26.2016

Greenery: Pantone Color for 2017 - Color of the Year, Accent Colors for a Greener Home

Color of the Year, 2017 - Pantone's Greenery, can be a great way to bring nature into your home. If using green seems like a big stretch for right now, consider trying out some of these accent pieces to start. Featuring just a little of this new green will add a touch of spring color to any space.

This first set of home accessories from Etsy shops world wide looks at Greenery with a Mid-Century style. Clear, clean green in a look that will fit right in with any modern decor.


From upper left: Marimekko Unikko pillow, Green glass plate, Fused glass bowl with cut outs, Abstract floral pillow, Designer outlet covers


This next set of accessories features a jungle home theme, rocking natural Greenery to great effect.


From upper left: Leaf pillow, Wall hanging,  Moss print pillow, Green glass candle holder, Palm theme wall hanging

Convinced that this light warm green will work in your space yet?  Make that leap by adding a touch of Greenery to start.

These international Etsy vendors are featured in this story, so drop by and check them out:

Aeolia
BeachLoveDecor
Couturelighplates
GlassWareMDshop
HanamiiBlooms
Joulupuoti
LaleShopNiki
MagmaVetriArtistici
PrimalHomeVogueDecor
WonderandWhimsee



11.20.2016

1950s Holiday Recipes: From Box Labels


About this time of year the little Bungalow starts to warm up with cooking smells that only Fall can bring: cinnamon, pumpkin, cranberries and other heady little feasts. I like a fresh pumpkin pie as soon as Halloween decorations crop up on my neighbor's front yards, and I can't wait for fresh cranberries to arrive in the produce section of the market. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, we've been eating some of my favorite holiday foods, but as part of our daily meals. It's such a fun way to enjoy favorites.

9.20.2016

Claremont CA: Small Town So Cal


Small towns in southern California make for the best day trips. One of my favorites is the little village of Claremont, a sleepy college town a bit over 30 miles east of Los Angeles.

8.05.2016

YInMn Blue: A New Blue Color has Been Discovered


YInMn, a new synthetic blue pigment has been discovered.  It's burst onto the art and industrial design scene; bright, clear and pure. Perhaps not since mauveine (an aniline dye of purple) was discovered in 1856 by Sir William Henry Perkins as the very first synthetic color, have we seen such a fuss over a new hue.

5.05.2016

Mid-Century Modern Furniture: Robert Kjer Jakobsen, Designer for Virtue Brothers of California


Mid-century modern furniture came in many affordable styles. I found this advertisement for a 1950s dining room set and it lead me to the designer, Robert Kjer Jakobsen who designed it in 1956 while working for Virtue Brothers of California.  Virtue Brothers is well known for producing the iconic 50s formica and chrome dining sets, but lesser known was their transition into the sleeker Danish modern furniture styles that were popular after the middle of that decade.