How striking is this ornamental pepper plant? I am not sure what they are called, but I found them while shopping organically at Gateway Market. I figure if I can pay $2.99 for a lb. of broccoli, I can fork out three buckaroonis for a gorgeous plant that brings in fall to my apartment with a punch. OK, the vase isn’t the perfect fit, but I’ve learned that not everything has to be perfect. Just perfectly imperfect. Here’s to a colorful fall!

How striking is this ornamental pepper plant? I am not sure what they are called, but I found them while shopping organically at Gateway Market. I figure if I can pay $2.99 for a lb. of broccoli, I can fork out three buckaroonis for a gorgeous plant that brings in fall to my apartment with a punch. OK, the vase isn’t the perfect fit, but I’ve learned that not everything has to be perfect. Just perfectly imperfect. Here’s to a colorful fall!

White brick walls and cement floors call for some sizzle and color. Let’s start with the floor. The living room has black and gray carpet tiles, but the entry way deserves a grand entrance. How about the dark teal in the lower right? It’s a tough decision with this palette. I will post photos when I make a decision.

White brick walls and cement floors call for some sizzle and color. Let’s start with the floor. The living room has black and gray carpet tiles, but the entry way deserves a grand entrance. How about the dark teal in the lower right? It’s a tough decision with this palette. I will post photos when I make a decision.

This is the chosen design for Boulevard Sports RAGBRAI t-shirt. It was a good compromise. I can’t say it was my favorite design, but I’m sitll happy.

This is the chosen design for Boulevard Sports RAGBRAI t-shirt. It was a good compromise. I can’t say it was my favorite design, but I’m sitll happy.

If you are a fan of Mid-Century or modernism, you may know about Rya Rugs. Origins are Scandinavian; hand-knotted rugs that were first used by seaman for warmth (simulated fur) and were copied from Islamic rugs that had found their way to the hinterlands in the tenth century. They became rugs used by nobility, then prayer rugs, wedding rugs, and tapestries. In the seventies, they became trendy and pricey in the states for their handicraft and artistry. It’s 2014 and I have a vintage one and it’s bold and bossy and you love it or not. It will probably end up on a wall but for now, it’s loving the floor. Flashbacks, anyone?

If you are a fan of Mid-Century or modernism, you may know about Rya Rugs. Origins are Scandinavian; hand-knotted rugs that were first used by seaman for warmth (simulated fur) and were copied from Islamic rugs that had found their way to the hinterlands in the tenth century. They became rugs used by nobility, then prayer rugs, wedding rugs, and tapestries. In the seventies, they became trendy and pricey in the states for their handicraft and artistry. It’s 2014 and I have a vintage one and it’s bold and bossy and you love it or not. It will probably end up on a wall but for now, it’s loving the floor. Flashbacks, anyone?

A new brand / identity I designed for a brokerage firm from San Diego. The cards will be printed with gold foil. As they say “cheap is as cheap does” so they aren’t going to cut corners on their cards and letter heads per my own strategy advice. This firm wanted a clean, casual, and nolstalgic feel that also felt stable and secure for it’s target audience of older clients.

A new brand / identity I designed for a brokerage firm from San Diego. The cards will be printed with gold foil. As they say “cheap is as cheap does” so they aren’t going to cut corners on their cards and letter heads per my own strategy advice. This firm wanted a clean, casual, and nolstalgic feel that also felt stable and secure for it’s target audience of older clients.

I new the Eames Plywood Chair was an icon, but I didn’t know until recently it had received  The Best Design of the 20th Century from Time magazine award. Whoa!  Time called the design “something elegant, light and comfortable. Much copied but never bettered.” So now I own my piece of the copied part of this equation. Do I love it? Yes. It’s fluid lines are organic, it’s light and dark wood streaks are a beautiful contrast which is a hallmark of aesthetically pleasing characteristics, and it takes up a lot less visual space in my small apartment than the large but comfortable lounge chair I had there before. Yet make no mistake, this is a lounge chair. It’s seat is wide at 21.5 inches, and a low profile of 15 inches makes it a great chair to pair with your other classic MCM pieces. It aligns perfectly with my Adrian Pearsall coffee table.

It is my only “fake”, but it’s a really, really nice fake, made of the same molded plywood materials as the real thing, but without the designer tag. I much prefer the real thing, and some day I will offer this to one of my boys when the real deal is affordable. Does it need a sheepskin thrown over it? That’s probably going to happen for some texture and cozy factor by next winter - even though I enjoy its sparseness and minimal lines in the moment.

I had my teenage son send me a pic of his desk and his Steelcase chair. If you’ve never sat in one, you don’t know what it feels like to have that wide seat, perfect arm height and sturdy chair to support your back. I didn’t want to part with it, but I knew my son would be spending many hours in his dorm and at 6’, 3”, I wanted him to be comfortable. I love the pairing with the James Dean Poster (from Domestica in the East Village, Des Moines. Who would know my son would be so stylin’ especially when he just wants to be an athletic trainer. Bravissimo! I purchased this vintage babe for a mere $30 and I feel like I robbed them. I’ve been looking for one for myself ever since I gave this one away. Ultimately: a leather one and a Pollock. Happy hunting!

I had my teenage son send me a pic of his desk and his Steelcase chair. If you’ve never sat in one, you don’t know what it feels like to have that wide seat, perfect arm height and sturdy chair to support your back. I didn’t want to part with it, but I knew my son would be spending many hours in his dorm and at 6’, 3”, I wanted him to be comfortable. I love the pairing with the James Dean Poster (from Domestica in the East Village, Des Moines. Who would know my son would be so stylin’ especially when he just wants to be an athletic trainer. Bravissimo! I purchased this vintage babe for a mere $30 and I feel like I robbed them. I’ve been looking for one for myself ever since I gave this one away. Ultimately: a leather one and a Pollock. Happy hunting!

This Adrian Pearsall was definitely worth the two hour drive - including an unexpected patch of blizzard coming home. I drove up to the barren tundra of NW Iowa to a 100 year old country home to get this beauty. The owner of the retro store was an amazing older lady. I only know this because she told me she’d been married for fifty years, not because she looked older. Her collection of Mid-Century Modern pieces in her home were probably the best I’ve seen all in one home, and her ability to transfer her 100 year old farm house into a MCM marvel really was a fun surprise. You really can’t stereotype an MCM collector as just a hipster with some disposable cash. She obviously had been collecting a long time because she had some real treasures including an Adrian Pearsall Gondola table, a very rare atomic wonder bar, and lots of other MCM treasures. I plan on making more visits, and will give you more stories about that interesting lady (Sandra) in the future.

The table isn’t “perfect” in my squarish living room, but it’s such a rare and eye-catching piece I can’t part with it. I love how Adrian used curves - even on the table itself which you can see in the bottom photo. I was hoping for a round or glass table, but this piece is making a great statement and I plan on keeping it around for a while.


I’ve been putting together my apartment with a Spanish motif, and while Verner Panton is Danish, the chair has the fluid lines, bold composition and bright colors that are part of the Brazilian and Spanish Modern design that I am drawn too. The print is a “new” old print that came from Beaverdale Vintage. Deep, rich red orange hues and black don’t overpower the room because of the huge windows and tons of natural light that flood the space. Now, to just get it hung.

Once again I want to assign anthromorphic qualities to a chair and call it a “him”. This orange Verner Panton came to me through a local store, but it was a friend of mine that owned it. He and I seem to be on the same wave length when it comes to MCM - and somehow every purchase I make seems to have crossed his path at some point in time. We are both graphic designers, I happen to do web, UX and UI design too…but we have an appreciate for FORM. And if you look at this chair, it’s all about form. It took Verner years to perfect it, and it’s all one piece of plastic. There are more expensive laquer versions in red, black and white. Mine is orange, but it works well in my MCM fused with modern apartment. This chair went into production in 1965 and still are being made. I have it sitting next to a small industrial desk I snagged from Iowa State University. It’s smooth, curvy organic silhouette works well against industrial, MCM, modern, rugged, rustic….just about any design genre. Thanks Verner for your imagination and the ability to make it a tangible, beautiful product.

Once again I want to assign anthromorphic qualities to a chair and call it a “him”. This orange Verner Panton came to me through a local store, but it was a friend of mine that owned it. He and I seem to be on the same wave length when it comes to MCM - and somehow every purchase I make seems to have crossed his path at some point in time. We are both graphic designers, I happen to do web, UX and UI design too…but we have an appreciate for FORM. And if you look at this chair, it’s all about form. It took Verner years to perfect it, and it’s all one piece of plastic. There are more expensive laquer versions in red, black and white. Mine is orange, but it works well in my MCM fused with modern apartment. This chair went into production in 1965 and still are being made. I have it sitting next to a small industrial desk I snagged from Iowa State University. It’s smooth, curvy organic silhouette works well against industrial, MCM, modern, rugged, rustic….just about any design genre. Thanks Verner for your imagination and the ability to make it a tangible, beautiful product.

I found this on a day scouring for my brother’s house. A heavy, hand-ground 1950’s Fashion Plate mirror straight out of Chicago. This mirror weighs about as much as my bed. (Well, you know I love to exaggerate.) I love the asymmetrical shape. Unfortunately, it’s upside down but I like it. Oh, if mirrors could talk!

I found this on a day scouring for my brother’s house. A heavy, hand-ground 1950’s Fashion Plate mirror straight out of Chicago. This mirror weighs about as much as my bed. (Well, you know I love to exaggerate.) I love the asymmetrical shape. Unfortunately, it’s upside down but I like it.

Oh, if mirrors could talk!

I love juxtaposing clean, minamilist lighting and modern neon acrylic next to  mid-century. They are both from the Modernist movement, but Mid-Century’s warmth and organic materials contrast nicely against the cleaner, more streamlined silhouettes in acrylic. Thank you Bo Concepts for the tray and the lamp is a Kartell.

I did get the lamp at a nice price, and I only had to tackle 6 or 7 people to get it at East VIllage’s Projects yearly garage sale. Thank you to everyone who got out of my way!

I’m learning about Kilim rugs and I love this pillow I found in Chicago at the Randolph Street Market. It is a large pillow, with fairly bright colors for vintage kilim. What I personally love about Kilim is the geometric patterns - a very modern trait that exhuberates strength. This is going to look great on a gray woolen blanket for a minimalist bedroom at my brother’s house. He definitely is a man’s man and will appreciate the more rugged feel of this pillow. But I love it myself, and secretly want to keep it. Doesn’t it look great on my modern bed? Ahhj, yes but I didn’t buy it for myself. I’ll be selfish another day.

Kilims are cheaper than pile rugs, but are gaining in popularity, hence, the prices are going up.

Most kilims can be classed as “slit woven” textiles. The slits are beloved by collectors, as they produce very sharp-etched designs, emphasizing the geometry of the weave.

I am looking for name of this pattern. The photos don’t capture the rich oranges, tomato reds and the purplish color where the blue and red intersect. A lively but traditional way to add color to your rustic furniture. I am planning on using it on the foot of a bed.

Brimfield on Clark in Chicago. Vintage used and new blankets. This was their vintage selection. These blankets are 100% wool, Pendleton out of Oregon, and Woolrich from Pennsylvania, along with some other brands I’m not so familiar with.