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A Mid-Century Modern Mood

It has been a long minute since we have had a mood board up in here, and as I have been spending some time daydreaming about the day I can design a whole living room for myself and freely DIY/buy/magically procure everything I want for it, I thought maybe we could wistfully daydream together. And lately, I’ve been in a very mid-century modern mood.

In case you are curious or just a mega nerd, “Mid-Century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that generally describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965.” – brought to you by Wikipedia.

If I could wave a magic wand, this would be the result:

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  1. Mid century modern custom address sign by Daddy’s simple signs, $75
  2. Bentwood Pendants by West Elm, $168
  3. Mid century poster print, MIES’S PIECES geometric shapes, artists giclée print by visual philosophy, $24.99
  4. Spectral Floor Lamp by inmod, $430 (on sale)
  5. Mid-Century Danish Modern Dresser by Revitalized Artistry, $975
  6. Madeline Chair by Urban Outfitters, $379
  7. Martini Side Table – Silver by West Elm, $149
  8. Sheepskin Rug, Ivory by Pottery Barn, $79-$179
  9. 2-piece dahlia candle-holder set by CB2, $19.95
  10. Danish Modern Side Table by Urban Outfitters, $179
  11. Jester vase by CB2, $49.95
  12. Night and Day Convertible Sofa by Urban Outfitters, $649

My partner-in-all-things-life is very much into clean, new, modern design while I like to blend that pretty evenly with eclectic, vintage pieces. Mid-century and Danish modern design is one place I think we could meet in the middle, so I’ve found my eye catching on it more and more as inspiration.

Are some of the items above major-splurges? Yes. Obvi. My budget could not stretch to create this room, but a girl can dream! In reality, there are some steals linked up above too (like that almost-too-cool giclee print) and for the rest I would DIY or bargain-hunt to find similar looks.

Need more inspiration? Books are a good place to start.

Mid-Century Modern: Interiors, Furniture, Design Details by Bradley Quinn

Atomic Ranch Midcentury Interiors by Michelle Gringeri-Brown

Charles & Ray Eames: 1907-1978, 1912-1988 Pioneers of Mid-Century Modernism by Gloria Koenig (this would make a gorgeous coffee-table book!)

Some other inspiring articles & round-ups include…

the nest’s Mid-Century Modern Decor Finds Under $200

Dwell’s Mid-Century’s Greatist Hit’s

HGTV’s Add Midcentury Modern Style to Your Home

Anyone else feeling the Mid-Century Modern Vibe? Kinda think Danish people must be really cool? Surprised that Urban Outfitter’s furniture had such a classic look?

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Links to products on Amazon may be affiliate links. Keepin’ it real.


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Art For The Kids: Buy It Up

I confessed last week to my tendency to DIY almost everything for the kids… which can be great and something to be proud of, but also sometimes the results are… less than ideal. My success rate is pretty good, but I’ve learned that sometimes it is worth it to put up the cash and get something professional, special, or that I just don’t have the right tools to make myself. Artwork can be one of those things. It is all so unique, you know? Who wants to only have your own artwork up everywhere? A bit egotistical, right?

For ideas on some awesome artwork to make for your kids, check out last’s week post. For a little moodboard of artwork you can acquire with cold, hard cash check out the collection below.

So, let’s spend some cash! YOLO!

I already regret writing YOLO. Please don’t leave.

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Everything listed here is from shops at Etsy… which shouldn’t be a surprise at this point. I love Etsy, and think it is a great way to get unique things for affordable prices from artists. BTW, this post is in no way sponsored by Etsy or any of the artists and shops listed here. It’s just stuff I found online and liked how it looked.

  1. Andralynn Creative Design, Bunny Nursery Decor, $60: These original paintings are so sweet and whimsical, and the price isn’t bad for the actual painting. I love how gender-neutral yet kid-friendly it is.
  2. PaperRamma, Libra Zodiac Art Print, $20: This is a great way to create something personalized for a children’s room, especially if you have multiple kids born in different months. I like the idea of them having something unique and individual about themselves highlighted. Actually, this would be perfect for the hallway outside of a kids room… I may be adding both Libra and Sagittarius prints to my wish list.
  3. Portlands Pocket, Vintage Smokey the Bear Collectible Poster (price undetermined): When I went back to this today, it had already sold! Bad news… but I bet you could find something awesomely similar. I love the educational aspect to it, and I think something like it could be found for whatever your kid is currently obsessed with; dinosaurs, bugs, planets, and so on.
  4. LisaBarbero, We All Shine On Typographic Print, $20: This poster would be perfect for a celestial-themed nursery or children’s room, but could be a sweet addition anywhere. The price is right, too, for this type of print. Okay, this artist’s shop is addicting… with all of the super-trendy state-specific art out right now, these skylines are something fresh.
  5. Halfpence Design, Science Chemistry Periodic Table Poster, $34: Okay, this is my fav on the list. It is so colorful, modern, and totally sends a subconscious hint to your child to grow up to be a brain surgeon or something. I want this so bad. I could hang it in any room of the house.

Any other adorable kid room art I’m missing out on? Great sites other than Etsy? Anyone else willing to hang something nerdy in their kids room, even if it isn’t designed for kids? Might as well start teaching the Periodic Table early. I still haven’t learned it.

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.


Art For The Kids: Make It Up

We all want the best for our children, right? Well, in some cases we do but just aren’t willing to shill out the money for the very best and just DIY it to be close enough. I do about half the time, at least. The oldest is 6; they don’t know any better.

I would love to have fantastic artwork in both the kids rooms, and am especially interested in somewhat gender-neutral pieces as well as things that are a little more unique and mature enough to fit in with the rest of the house, while still being bright and kid-friendly. I perused my Pinterest Boards and Googled around a bit to find a few ideas for artwork I could make for the kids myself… or at least print out for free or cheap. One of the projects I actually already made my own version of over a year ago, as you may recall from this post.

Check these out! I’m pretty impressed with what people out there in the world are doing, as well as the availability of really cool prints for really cheap. What’s not to love about these?Moodboard, Art For The Kids: Make It Up | Painting Sunny

  1. Love Hue Design, Chevron Art!: This is so hip. And affordable. That makes it hipordable. That’s a real thing now. I love the different ways she cut costs, and how unique and asymmetrical this turned out. Who doesn’t have a bunch of paint chips lying around? This is perfect for a kids room, as you can adjust the colors to be as bright as you want and to fit any nursery or kid’s room color decorating theme.
  2.,World’s Fair Chicago 1934 Vintage Printable Poster: I love the variety of posters here, and how sentimental you can be in choosing a poster that highlights a topic or location that is special to your family. This poster in particular has bold, beautiful colors and is free to print!
  3. Open Art Project, Goodbye!: This is so cute, I cannot believe it is free. I absolutely want to get this printed for our son’s room. It has a funny, cheeky vibe and subtle but still cheerful pops of color.
  4. Plain Vanilla Mom, Butterfly Footprints: I love how my own version of this turned out, and bet you will too if you try it. Can you get any more sentimental than this?
  5., Rain, Rain, Go Away: They have both color and black & white versions of this to print out. I love the color one, but recall when Young House Love colored their own free printable in with colored pencil and how cute it looks. What do you think? I could go either way.
  6. MinitureRhino, Orion Constellation Embroidery Kit: You do have to buy the kit for this one, but get to give it that personal home-made touch when you embroider it yourself! I wouldn’t try to makeshift the supplies myself; the kit is so affordable, it would probably save time and money to just buy it. This would be perfect for an outer-space-themed kids room, or really anywhere – I love the nerd-chic quality.


Photo Source: Harper's Happenings

Photo Source: Harper’s Happenings

7. Harper’s Happenings, Miniature Mounted Menagerie: Okay, I didn’t get this one added to the mood-board but it is not only adorable and affordable (adordable?) it is also trendy and so gender-neutral. While the original inspiration here wasn’t doing it for a kids room, I think it would be perfect for a little kiddo too. Adorbs.

What do you think? Anyone else looking everywhere for inspiration to DIY your own kid’s room art? Or do you splurge and buy it from local art fairs? Favorite Etsy shops?

I’m brainstorming some other ideas, so stay tuned for some mood boards focusing on art you can buy and creative ways to display it. Who doesn’t need more beauty in their lives?

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.

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Window Shopping With Our Friend Etsy

Admittedly, I’m not a big shopper, unless it is for food. I don’t at all mind spending time comparing Greek yogurts at our local grocery… but trying on a million pairs of pants has never sounded appealing to me. Ever. Online shopping has become almost my sole source of clothing and accessories. Somehow I feel more level-headed and relaxed while shopping online, and love not having to worry about having a meltdown in a shabby dressing room.

Etsy is a true love of mine. It is a way to mindlessly browse online, procure cute and affordable jewelry, and support an actual person instead of a major department store. Win-win-win in my book. While I am all about my earrings, I don’t actual own necklaces (aside from a few old sentimental ones) and have never really been into wearing them. Maybe that could change?

Here are my top picks for lovely and affordable (all between $20-$40) accessories: 

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  1. Viva Revival: This is a little unique spin on the very trendy personalized necklaces out there.
  2. Sincerely, Me: Another personilized option, for a monogram.
  3. Lakeshore Creations: A nice size, and pretty and simple.
  4. Paperface Studio: I love the secret feeling of this one! A hidden love note… sigh.
  5. Lucky Accessories: For any Mama, the number of peas can match her number of kiddos.
  6. Viva Revival: Again with this shop: this necklace is just so tiny it is irresistible!
  7. Lakeshore Creations:  Pretty and would look nice with dressier outfits and work clothes.
  8. Morgan Prather Accessories: This is my favorite, actually. It is just so delicate looking.
  9. Viva Revival: I seem to be drawn to this shop… Must be fate telling me something.
  10. SMAfactory: Something very 70s about this necklace appeals to me.


Guy’s appreciate a little love too, right? While I was at it, I went ahead and rounded up a few things I thought the handsome guy in my life (and maybe the ones in yours?) would enjoy:

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  1. TimeWatch: Okay, I am not in the know enough to understand what Steampunk is. But these cufflinks are fascinating…
  2. RN & TN: Simple looking keychains, but classic and the colors are just so pretty.
  3. Hope Of My Heart Designs: A hidden-message tie clip… this would be the perfect for a good-luck wish on a job search, maybe for a recent college grad?
  4. sassybrassycharms: For a climber, this is so affordable and a unique idea.
  5. Scotswhahae: I don’t know why, but I love the idea of a non-boring-leather wallet and this shop seems so authentic, straight out of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Anyone else spending too much time pumping up their favorites section on Etsy? I promise, I will get back to regular recipes and projects soon, but a little pretend-retail-therapy never killed anyone, right?

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.