warming up mid-century modern / sfgirlbybay

i’ve always admired mid-century modernism and even tried to achieve the look for myself many moons ago, but my problem with it was, for me, it felt a little too minimalist and not quite cozy enough. but lately, i’ve seen a modernizing trend in the mid-century genre that feels much warmer and feels a little more liveable to me. i have so many treasured collections (and gosh knows i could easily pass some of them along to someone else with love) so this look feels much more adaptable to me, with room for one’s treasures and a much more comfortable space to live in. there’s also the use of lots of vintage 1950-60’s bamboo furnishings (like those we carry at super marché) which always give off a friendly vibe and lots of warm wood everywhere, which really creates an inviting atmosphere. the whole look seems almost influenced by the japanese inspired, wabi-sabi — the aesthetic sometimes described as one of appreciating beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. i just love the idea of that.

warming up mid-century modern / sfgirlbybay

warming up mid-century modern / sfgirlbybay

warming up mid-century modern / sfgirlbybay

warming up mid-century modern by nicole franzen / sfgirlbybay

warming up mid-century modern / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: pottery collection by @geninne; willy guhl planters from etsy; PATCHWORK CUSHION COVER from toast; ceramics from sunday shop; Isamu Noguchi AKARI Lantern lamp via architectural digest; vintage magazine rack by samantha nicole; built-in media shelving via dwell; pottery pitcher via in bed store; Pinecone Fontana Arte Table Lamp from milia shop; louvered windows from the modern house; lumens swing arm bedside lamps; Klaas Gubbels ‘Bialetti’ print; mid-century lawn chair by ROB KULISEK via vice; tablescape by @zarahome.

warming up mid-century modern / sfgirlbybay

warming up mid-century modern / sfgirlbybay

warming up mid-century modern / sfgirlbybay

warming up mid-century modern / sfgirlbybay

warming up mid-century modern / sfgirlbybay

warming up mid-century modern / sfgirlbybay

warming up mid-century modern / sfgirlbybay

warming up mid-century modern / sfgirlbybay

warming up mid-century modern / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: @1960bham; @gillianstevens; my day with; toast; nicole franzen photography; dwell; Jonas Ingerstedt photography; @lesliewilliamson; archarchitectureau; toast; in bed store; milk magazine; delikatissen; inside closet.

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