*This post is part of the Trend Spotting series where we look at different trends that we are seeing in the design world.
Lately I’ve been noticing an old trend that has become new again. A trend that I have fallen in love with and has me thinking about making a change. I know mid-century modern furniture revitalization has been around for awhile, however it seemed like it was only for the die hard MCM fans. You know, the ones that went full steam ahead with the commitment to living with a different era inside their homes. Love the style, but way to much design commitment for me. But lately, components of Mid-Century Modern style seem to be popping up in the mix of decor, without the strong need for total MCM domination [sounds like a wrestling match!]. I’m seeing some of these elements around more in homes that are bending the rules and taking on an eclectic vibe – combining different design styles and making it a cohesive and comfortable space that they want to live in. Specifically, what’s caught my eye is the use of the Mid-Century Modern sofa with a deep, rich cognac color. This couch style, in this color seems to blend effortlessly into these spaces, even though they are not an overall Mid-Century Modern style. I feel as though you could put just about any color throw or pillow with it and make it work – see what I mean:
Source: Studio Day Trip
Source: Insideout.com Stylist: Emma O’Meara Photographer: Nikole Ramsay
This inspiration has me thinking about my living room, which with it’s 13+ year old furniture is screaming for a makeover. I’ve done a few updates to thinks here and there, a new cabinet under the tv, some fixed curtains around our french doors, along with miscellaneous other decor changes – but the furniture has reminded unchanged. This is partially due to the fact that we have two young boys – who (surprise!) are not the tidiest little creatures – and I for years I could not justify getting something nice and having it destroyed. Recently the hubs and I started making a list of much needed (wanted) upgrades around the house. While my first desire was to replace every last inch of the boring, beige, beat up carpet that covered our living room, bedrooms and office on our main floor- after much debate, some price crunching and a few personal reality checks regarding the fact that I still have those two little messy [but adorable] creatures , plus the addition of a messy chocolate lab running around I decided it just wasn’t worth it for the time being. The price tag would have been high, and It probably would have stressed me out every time someone walked on it with shoes. It wasn’t worth taking the years off my life from fear of dirty carpet induced stress. So I compromised with myself [go self!] and figured with what I would spend in new carpeting, a few good area rugs and maybe some new furniture to freshen up the space and take my mind, and eyes, off the “worn with love” carpeting. Immediately my mind turned to these little leather beauties. Usually I am not a leather couch fan…too cold, too slippery, too much feeling like an old mans smoking room – but the thought of something that might be a little easier to clean sparked my interest that maybe I could get along with some leather furniture [hello making my life easier]! That, combined with my desire to move toward more of an eclectic style for my home, pushed me a bit further. So, I’m on the hunt now for just the right MCM cognac sofa – with the catch – at an affordable price. These puppies, both the vintage and the replicas, can be pricey! I’ve assembled a few that I’ve found so far that mostly meet my criteria. My favorites are the West Elm and the Pottery Barn options, however Pottery Barn only seems to have this style in the loveseat, which won;t work for my needs – but good lookin’ non-the-less.
What are you thoughts of the MCM couch [or other MCM design elements] mixing in with other design elements, yay or nay?