Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Slowly Going RETRO

When you do what we do and have an amazing volume of furniture and vintage homewares passing through your hands all the time it is hard to stick to a style or pick a style that feels just right in your own home. The upside of this of course is that you can muck around, pick and choose and change your style easily and cheaply. I have spoken before of my love of mid century and how my lounge is slowly going RETRO.
This week I decided to change up my coffee table. I must have had heaps of the original, Noguchi designed, ones but for whatever reason it was this reproduction that I have decided to keep for now. The proportions of this one is slightly larger than the originals and better suited for a family. I desperately need a new rug now.

There are still few older items in this room like my faithful trunk,
one of our many clocks, this one is still keeping good time, even though it would probably be around 150 years old
convex glass framed pic, one of a pair.
And my cedar map drawers which I LOVE, but they just don't suit big teles. I want to get a sideboard for here but am yet to get one that I like enough to keep. I don't want it to be too big. I also know that when I find a replacement I have no where in my house to fit these drawers and they will have to go which I will be sad about. So until I find replacement items the other items will stay in this room and add to the shimozzle that is my decorating style.


  1. You can just put that map drawer thingy in my kayak.

  2. Love your coffee table. And your rocket lamp, and your West German pottery, and clock...Let's face it, I like all of it!!

    Yes you do need a floor rug to anchor your room. I know this because I watch The Block. Ha!

    The modern TV just never looks right does it? My visible TV wires are a constant bane of my life and ignoring them is not a solution.

    You'd have to keep those drawers no matter what Katherine. xx

  3. I knew Anita would be over here quick smart to comment on your Mid-Century loveliness! I really like your mixture of styles and eras Katherine Is it called Modern-Mid-Century-Vintage?

    Happy decorating and happy week!

    Best wishes,

  4. You have some gorgeous things, I especially love the map drawers. A mixture of things proves it's your home not just a house.

  5. Love the coffee table. The slow journey to retro furniture will be fun to look out for. Those map drawers are cool. I get the feeling that there's a place for them somewhere, even if it's a bit out of the way.

  6. I agree. Don't get rid of the cedar map drawers.

    Once they're gone, they're gone. And I think you'd know how hard it is to find decent cedar furniture now-a-days.

    I love all your West German pots too. I hate televisions.

  7. Lovely table. I have to say the journey into retro living is exciting you will enjoy it and finding the right things for your home. dee x

  8. Oh no, no, no you cant get rid of the map drawers I am sure you would regret it.But if you must Ill send you my address ok lol xxx

  9. Love your style Miss Katherine. I bet those cedar drawers are full of stuff too! mmm... would be hard to replace.

    Pam x

  10. loving your loungeroom alot! We are lucky that I have a massive meatsafe to hide our tv and playstation in our computer room, but our tv in the loungeroom is there for all to see.

    How insane was the real housewives dinner party!!! loving the series alot too. Now I can picture you on yhe lounge and watching the tv on the map draweers (which are gorgeous by teh way).

    Have a great week, T

  11. Love your lounge room,the coffee table is perfect.We like the shimozzle style 'round here too,good for boys.

  12. These are lovely! That chest looks gorgeous! Enjoy the beautiful day, Kellie xx

  13. Your map drawers are incredible!!! I'm a soft spot for trunks too. It must be so hard not to want to keep everything with all the beautiful finds you have.


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