Category Archives: Danish Mid-century Modern

New living room.

So I finally got around to snapping a few shots of the flat. Overall it’s old and tired and a bit grungy (a bit like myself TBH), but the wood floors, neutral paint scheme and large rooms make it liveable. The living/dining room is the closest to being “done”, so I’ll start there.

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Are you feeling the understated earthy retro whimsical rustic industrial vibe or what?

I brought the coffee table and the green faux persian with me from Perth. The coffee table is vintage MCM, bought on Gumtree for $100. couch1

The couch is new. I was after another 2.5 seater in charcoal but didn’t have as much cash to spare this time, so I was thrilled to find this one at Furniture Galore for $550. It came with ugly blocky black plastic feet, which I swapped out with tapered timber legs I bought online and stained. They look a bit stumpy from this angle, but they’re actually 10cm high and have completely altered the look of the couch.

Speaking of stumpy…Hans is not allowed within one metre of the couch at any time.

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The cactus painting, cactus statue and cushions were bought from Freedom a few years ago. The Eames bird was an online buy and I found the green pot at a Mexican import store in Fremantle.

I have two fruit bowls in the flat, neither of which contain fruit.

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The hardwood dining table was another Gumtree find. The legs were originally raw welded steel that I spray painted black. The table top itself must weigh over 100 kilos, and even though I had a 100+ kilo Maori helping me (thanks, baby!), dragging it up three flights of stairs nearly destroyed me.

The chairs are cheapies from Fantastic Furniture, but they’re surprisingly sturdier and more comfortable than the typical Eames knock-offs.

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Both the fabric print and the Parker dresser are from a vintage furniture store in Fitzroy. The dresser was dull and dirty and covered in flecks of white paint, but it scrubbed up real nice after a thorough clean and oil. I was a bit hesitant about buying the print because it couldn’t be cleaned, but I figured I don’t have to touch it to appreciate it, right? And any fabric that reminds me of the fabulous curtains that my grandparents hung in their caravan in the 70’s should be a no-brainer.

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I sent the vase, stand and fake foliage over from Perth, and I wasn’t expecting them to make the trip unscathed. The leaf tips got a bit bent when they fell out of the mailing tubes I packed them in, but I actually think it makes them look more realistic. At least that’s what I keep telling myself to feel better about it.

Stay tuned…the master bedroom and accompanying vibe is up next!

Dogs and guns.

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Learning how to fire a gun (safely) is one of the most awesome things I’ve done. I haven’t been to the range in over a year because it’s also one of the most expensive things I’ve done, and I very much enjoy the freedoms associated with the purchase of luxury items like toilet paper and toothpaste. But there is just something about this print that makes me want to abandon my preoccupation with personal hygiene and get my damn license already, the same way owning this set of bookends and this print inspired me to get an actual dachshund.

In pursuit of P.V.C.

I buy vintage for several reasons; it’s cheaper than buying new, pieces are typically better quality than their modern counterparts, and it’s good for the planet. I also enjoy the thrill of the hunt; stalking second hand stores and garage sales is more satisfying than picking something out of a showroom line-up.

I especially love the clean lines and tapered legs that characterise Danish mid-century modern furniture, and a teak sideboard is number one on my vintage hit list. As if the functionality wasn’t enough (they’re a sturdy shelf, cupboard, chest of drawers, display cabinet and minibar in one), sideboards can be accesorised to create a dramatic focal point in any room of the house. And did I mention they make a great minibar?

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Unfortunately, my love of mid-century is at odds with my passion for perfection. Of course I’m aware that unless pieces have been vigilantly kept from the reaches of damp, pets, children and the excessively clumsy, they’re going to be battle-scarred. Scratches, discolouration, peculiar smells and missing parts are to be expected. But that hasn’t discouraged my pursuit of pre-loved nirvana; the elusive state of pristine vintage condition (P.V.C.).

Pickings are slim here in Perth. Maybe it’s the geographic isolation, maybe it’s all that darn sunshine making us live longer, but P.V.C. mid-century sideboards are so rare that the few that do hit the market are either snapped up immediately or priced well out of my range. So until I become a furniture restoration expert (it can’t be that great a leap from mastering sandpaper and spray varnish, surely?) I’ll continue hawking the classifieds, hoping the sideboard of my dreams slips past the vintage dealers and cashed up hipsters.