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Craigslist All Over!

18 Jan

This must be the blonde wood and DEALS day on Craigslist. Lots of 1950’s style blonde wood sets that look in great condition, and lots of great stuff with.. even greater pricetags? Ohhh me. See for yourself.
No price given, but they want you to send ’em an offer. Rancho Cordova.

And here’s a blonde bedroom set to go with it! $550 in Fair Oaks.

$80 pink chair! I like that button pattern.

Remember this dude? He’s been around for probably 4 months! Price reduced to $47.00.

Incredible kidney bean shaped desk for $250.00 in Oakland.

Accordian style wall mounted lamp! $75.00 in SF.

HOLY 50s GOODNESS! $300.00 for this table set. Also the most interesting Capitalization Of A Craigslist Ad. In San Francisco.

ALL of this… for $250.00?? In Santa Rosa.

$359.00 in SF, Vista brand. How is this not $539.00 or $953.00? No Clue.

$85.00 in SF. Okay, so I don’t usually like rattan – but this time it’s an exception.

I’m going off the rails of this CRAZY LANE!  — table. $320.00.

$75.00 Selig in the city of cats – Los Gatos!

$70.00 in Mill Valley. Can’t really tell the condition from this photo..

$100.00 in Oaklandia.

Flying teak table for $150.00 in sf.

$500.00 in Santa Clara.

Or spend your half a G on this hutch in Pacifica. Hey, that’s where I’m from! Anyhow, $500.00.

Homes, Sweet Homes: David and Rebecca

16 Jan

Who: David and Rebecca are dealers at the San Francisco Antique Mall in space GH45, and they also have a cool blog called Atomic Fantasy. They’re interested in joining/ creating an SF collective, so if you have any desire to do the same (or any leads on opening spaces), give ’em a holler.

What they told us about the home:

David: It’s better on the inside than the outside.

Rebecca: We live in a two bedroom flat in a four unit Victorian building. What this truly means is a long hallway with lots of rooms lining that hallway.

Where is the home located:

David: On the border of Strollerberg and Hipsterville (Noe Valley/Dolores Heights, San Francisco).

When was the home built and when they moved in:

David: Built circa 1907, directly post-earthquake. Moved in January 2007.

Why they chose this home:

David: It had parking. And malleable character.

Rebecca: David was already living here when we decided to move in together. And his place was larger than mine at that time.

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What attracted you to MCM design?

David: Seems like whenever something was made in the 1950s, designers and manufacturers asked themselves “How can we make this look cooler? And let’s make it so it will last forever, while we’re at it…” Whereas the guiding question now seems to be “How can we make this cheaper?” When you touch and hold MCM things, you can feel the intention was for you to enjoy having and using them. It’s like stumbling upon artifacts from an advanced, benevolent and delightfully tasteful race of super-beings.

Rebecca: MCM design represents everything I love. Clean lines. Durability. Affordability. And best of all, it is green.

Favorite designers and biggest influences for your style?

Rebecca: We have not paid much attention to designers as much as the design themselves. If we had to pick one, Lane would be high on the list. Especially their Acclaim series.  As America’s answer to Danish furniture, Lane offered modern, high quality design at an affordable price. And it continues to be affordable today.

How do you feel about reproductions?

David: The same way I feel about contemporary cover versions of classic songs.

Rebecca: History always repeats itself.  Although I personally strive to buy the real thing, I am not shocked that MCM reproductions have become so popular. You cannot argue that MCM offers great design. The flattery of imitation is inevitable.

Furniture wise, what do you think is something you should invest in?

David: I’d like to invest in the actual Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair featured on the show Bewitched.

Rebecca: Something that touches you. I have never regretted buying a piece of furniture that I loved at first sight.

Where are your favorite places to shop for home décor?

David: Antique Fairs (Alameda, Sacramento), because they’re so big the chances of finding something that will make you feel like the universe is on your side is pretty high.

Rebecca:  Plus you leave feeling like you got a little exercise during your search.

What are some of your best finds? From where?

Rebecca: Hands down the best find was a mint condition Franciscan Starburst creamer for $5 at Alemany Flea Market in San Francisco. I recall trying my best to keep a poker face during the transaction since I was nervous the dealer would raise his price if he noticed my excitement. I am also thrilled with a starburst mirror we purchased at Alameda Antique Faire for $20. Now hanging in our living room above a built in shelving unit, it puts a smile on my face daily.

David: I don’t really have any friends.

Rebecca: Finds, not friends.

David: I bought The Lovely Day for one dollar at Alameda. Now that’s a find.

Greatest achievement in your home? Biggest challenge?

Rebecca: I believe our greatest achievement was our front room. Over the last six months we have transformed the room from an unused dining room to a cozy sitting room with lots of character. My most favorite addition has been the Blaupunkt Arkansas console radio/bar. It adds a feeling of seriousness to an otherwise kitsch room. Our biggest challenge is that we are renters. Since moving in, I have been dying to replace two country-esque chandeliers in our apartment. I would also love to undo the 80s renovations to our once 50s bathroom. Neither of these projects will ever happen since we do not own our unit.  Another challenge is that our ceilings are at least 15 feet high making painting a bit difficult without access to a very tall ladder. That, luckily, can be fixed.

David: The biggest challenge for me is trying to coordinate colors or match items in a room. It’s such a big challenge that I don’t even try. So “eclectic” would be a kind way to describe our place right now. More honest would be “makeshift storage facility for color-blind hoarder.” Embracing this is probably also our biggest achievement.

Rebecca: But this “color-blind hoarder” knows that we have two really ugly chandeliers so I imagine my biggest challenge is accepting what cannot be changed.

Future goals/ projects?

Rebecca: With the opening of our stall at the San Francisco Antique & Design Mall in December my projects lately have been dealer focused. Our hope, however, is to join a collective to expand on what we have already started.

David: We just want to enjoy and share all the MCM goodness that is in the world.

Do you have any home inspiration recommendations for our readers?

Rebecca: Don’t be afraid to refurbish. With enough patience and elbow grease you would be amazed with how easy it can be to transform an abused piece of furniture into the star item of the room. There are a lot of DIY websites and blogs out there willing to lend a hand. 

David: Vintage magazines are highly inspirational. Time machines are also great for checking out actual MCM home arrangements.

Rebecca: Or just visit Midway in Sacramento if your time machine is on the blink.

Advice and last words?

Rebecca: Have fun with your MCM search. The people I have met along the way have made the quest so much more rewarding.

David: All you need is love. Is that taken?

Thanks a million to Rebecca and David for allowing us into their home with such notice. They were also nice enough to show me all the hot MCM spots of SF! You guys are awesome.

If you’re interested in having your home featured on the blog, shoot me an e-mail at: midmodlove@yahoo.com

Craigslist: Cheaper things. Good lookin things

16 Jan

Teak Room divider for 25.00 in Carmichael
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Mahogany table for 50.00 in Sacramento. That wood looks gorgeous.
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Desk lamp for 5.00 in Rocklin
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Metal desk with wood top in San Leandro. There’s so many bootiful oppurtunites with the materials used in this desk for cohesive shelving.
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Patio table and chairs in Sacramento for 100.00
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Hangin mid mod inspired (?) light fixture for 50 OBO in Sacramento.
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White desk lamp for 4.00 in Sacramento
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30.00 for these four chairs.
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Six chairs for 20.00. Seller will deliver within 30 miles for extra 20.00.
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Tanker for 45.00 in Palo Alto
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Couches in Sacramento. Price isnt listed but seller states he has a lot more Mid mod pieces for sale.
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I ama quote the original post for this one cuz I ama lil’ confused…

“Originally I was hoping to get $60. for this desk, and I had a buyer show up, ring the bell (which no one heard – it’s an old bell), and left because she thought no one was home. :( That’s my sad story…So now it’s been sitting outside, and it really needs to find a good home. Please make any reasonable offer!!

Desk is approx. 5′ wide x 3′ deep”

20.00 in Elk Grove.
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I ama throwing this in here because it is booiful. 1200.00 in Sanfrancisco.
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You can take both these couches home for 50.00. Def need some love but look like they will clean up nicely.
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Craigslist: Couch 50.00- Sacramento

12 Jan

Fo’real?! Look at that color. My coworker right now is sending me all kindsa good looking things. Holla.
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Prints around the internet.

9 Jan

Me and my husband have been retreating into our home, putting up the final knick knacks that make it that. A lot of prints/artwork went up in the hallway and I was thinking to meself ‘yo delfskies (<-that is my just now made up nickname for myself) you like a lot silkscreen.' Not just because my husband is apart of interval press but because it's relatively cheap artwork that is bootifully designed. The process enables it to still be unique, with all sorts of quirks that give you the oppurtunity to still see the artist through the work. So today I submit to you a couple of prints lying around the interwebs. Some of them are not silk screened but great looking none the less.

It was hard to just pick one print to show you guys from inaluxe all of them have great color, texture and form. Check out their shop and see if they got something there that really tickles your fancy.

We’ve all seen Sasha Barr on thee exceptionally kept grain edit and maybe you were like me, getting stoked over those soft colors and rough textures, and then thinking you will buy a print someday-then maybe you never got around to actually doing it. But now I say er offer to you to think about it somemore! Ha. This dude has a really amazing balancing act of soft and rough (PLUS COOOOOOOOUUUUUUTE). Oh yeah and that interview Grain edit did with Sasha is great. I aint ordering no one to do nothing (my mother says the only thing we really really have to do is pay taxes and die) but ya know it has pictures of his house and you might be into that sorta thing.

My internet pen pal paaal sent me a lot of great things from Germany last year. One of these things was a cute teeny babushka doll. This thing was no joke the smallest one was like the tip of a pencil. It made me so happy that now I just light up every time I see them. This print is from
Piktorama , and it seems like theres a lot of cute prints from that shop that will make you feel like you are walking through a field of daisies on a comfortable spring morning.

Me and Ben were talking to Nathan Cordero hm last week and the whole red, black, wood color affinity got brought up (nate uses a lot of those colors, and uses them well). Even as we were talking about them his eyes were fixed on a simple red tape arrow on the door. I can understand the pull. They really are a power trio of color. Even red, black and white are great. Basically what I am saying is I think this print has da good colors, I think this illustration is cute because of that silly mustache and it is done by Alex Perez.

All dem lines make you go whoosh whirl and whhhhhooooweee. *eye brow raise at self. Those big splotches of color are neat too.
Print by Delaflamant.

Yeah yeah I am a sucker for him. This print is being sold from NBdrygood from Etsy. It’s 68.00 with frame. You could also get a lithiograph print from C-HAP’S art studio here for 50.00.

HA. Roosters. Haha. Man I poke so much fun at the 1950’s Rooster fame that I laugh at myself for being that unfunny. Anywho this is a decent erm modern looking print of some roosters yo. Go all out.
Print by Mengelsdesign.

Around town: Thrifting in Monterey bay

30 Dec

Stoped at the goodwill in Salinas.
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Around town: Thrifting in Modesto

29 Dec

Sorry this post has gotten to you so late. I am that last minute christmas shopper er maker…I’ve been spending the past two weeks with my husband making and wrapping christmas gifts:

We made pillows. Alright alright. Back to thrifting. So I’ll admit that a lot of the adventures in thrifting are determined by craigslist listings. I’ve seen some sweet stuff for cheap in modesto the past month or so so I figure we should go check it out. See what thrifting is like. This weekend me and my husband also went to Salinas to visit his folks for the holidays. We spent this monday in that bay thrifting. So I’ll be posting two thrifting adventures for this week :] Some of the thrift stores dont have reviews on the interwebs so heres a listing of some in Modesto.

Started off at the goodwill.
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Craigslist: Dresser and headboard 295.00-Sacramento

22 Dec

It comes with the mattress…Idk if any of you are into that.
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Craigslist: End table 175.00- Sacramento

15 Dec

Boxy table is boxy.

“The dimensions are 24 1/2 inches tall and 28 7/8 inches by 28 7/8 inches wide along the top edges.”

There is also talk from the seller that the space in the center could serve as a bookshelf. Nom nom.
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Saturday cartoons: Gaston go home

11 Dec

Gaston Le Crayon was originally released in 1957. It was produced by Bill Weiss and directed by

Connie Rasinski^^^
The shapes and solid colors in this cartoon just give you the feel goods for the illustration that was going on at that time. Good work Terry toons.

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