Midcentury Style 47 Stories

My Houzz: Mod Chic for a Midcentury Riverfront Home
“With floor-to-ceiling windows facing the river, the house had me at hello," says Courtnay Cousino. She grew up near Ohio's Maumee river as a kid and had dreamed of giving her 5-year-old daughter, London, the same experience. Her 1950s riverfront home...
Kitchen of the Week: A Midcentury Marvel in Santa Barbara
This 1950s Santa Barbara, California, home originally designed by local legend architect Frank D. Robinson embraces the era's clean style, functionality and natural materials. The new owners loved the kitchen's quirky character but wanted to open up the...
Why We Love Midcentury Modern Design
What is it about midcentury modern design that has so many of us in a decorating tizzy? In this digital age of innovation and technology, why are we scouring flea markets, antiques stores and the Internet in search of pieces that were designed 50 to 60...
Roots of Style: Midcentury Styles Respond to Modern Life
While the architectural profession produced several unique styles of residential design before World War II, it was not until the mid-20th century that Americans adopted new lifestyles that led to an entirely new architectural style. The war led to a...
My Houzz: Hip Midcentury Style for a Mom's Backyard Cottage
It was a running joke that once design blogger Dana McGill-Perez became old and eccentric, she would move into the backyard shed of her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Joe Eggleston. The joke took a turn...
My Houzz: Midcentury Cool With a Killer View in Salt Lake City
It says a lot about your style when you can rent pieces to production companies to use in films. That’s the case for self-taught designer Ron Green, who owns a midcentury modern furniture store called The Green Ant....
Step Out Stylishly With Midcentury Tapered Furniture Legs
My home is a classic 1920s Craftsman, but my favorite furniture style hails from the mid-20th century. Midcentury modern furniture balances aesthetics and utility in a simple way that works perfectly in my house, and the midcentury wooden...
10 Midcentury Features to Treasure
Whoever thinks time travel is not possible should come work with me sometime. I recently had a great blast from the past when I was called by new owners to look at a house they had just purchased. On the phone the house was described as a "fixer," and...
My Houzz: Vintage Flair for a Lovingly Maintained Midcentury Gem
“We were meant to be together," says homeowner Jessica Craig, describing her relationship with the midcentury home she bought in October 2012. "I knew I wanted something midcentury with history, and as soon as I walked in the door, I knew I was home." Architects...
My Houzz: Humor and Kitsch Meet Midcentury Modern
Clean lines, good bones and a quintessential midcentury flat roof attracted James and Cindy Stolp to their Dallas home, despite its poor condition. "The house was in terrible shape, but we knew we wanted it the moment we stepped inside," Cindy says. "We...
6 Inspiring Midcentury Australian Homes
Architects in Australia during World War II had it rough. The government had strict guidelines regarding the size and cost of any new project. Each new building could be no more than 1,400 square feet or cost more than 3,000 pounds. However, the end of...
Modern Icons: Bullet Planters
You can tell by looking at this groovy planter that it came from California in the 1950s. However, that's about all we know about its roots. No single designer ever officially licensed the design of this piece, a bullet-shaped fiberglass planter nested...
My Houzz: A Midcentury Gem on a Wooded Acre in Dallas
With a passion for honoring their midcentury home's history, Mike and Jill Wood decorated it with color and furniture to fit its origins. The house, built in 1962 by Ju-Nel Homes architects Lyle Rowley and...
My Houzz: Added Space and Style for a 1960s Split Level
A commitment to midcentury design and family living dictated the design of this Portland, Oregon, home. Greg and Erin Leedy recognized this split level's potential and worked with architect Paul McKean...
Modern Icons: The Paulistano Chair
Architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha designed the Paulistano Athletic Club in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1957, and his attention to detail included designing this chair for its living areas. After that, it was a rare sight until Objekto rereleased the design in...
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