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April 16, 2010

Mid-Century Modern Decorating-Wall Art

-By Jan

I love interactive web sites, where you can play around with interior designing.

Such a site is www.art.com, where you can look at different styles of art (modern, surrealism, photography, etc.), choose a size and then see it framed in your choice of frames and mats.  There are also features where one can “see” the framed picture on the wall and the wall can be “painted” a different color.

Below are some examples of the art offered.  Remember: the frames/mats/subjects are my ideas and may not be to your liking, but you can always visit art.com and have a ball browsing their massive collections.

I can recall seeing vacation souvenirs in MCM homes back in the early Sixties, an ashtray from Yosemite National Park, or salt and pepper shakers from Niagara Falls.  If you don’t have any vintage souvenirs, then here’s some greeting card art that you can display and impress your friends and neighbors.

For that tropical theme try palm trees and flamingos.

Family photo displays were popular in the Fifties, especially formal portraits taken when photography was in its infancy.  Pssst.  That’s not my great-grandfather, but Enrico Caruso the famous tenor.

This one was and still is pretty typical in MCM homes, the ubiquitous skyline painting, framed and hanging over the fireplace or wall behind the sofa.

If your decor speaks late 1960s, then hang an Andy Warhol print on your wall.

Visit the site and explore to your heart’s content!


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2 Responses to Mid-Century Modern Decorating-Wall Art

  1. RetroRuth Reply

    April 16, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Jan!! I love the postcards, those are super fab.

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    April 16, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    OMG! Love those Flamingos Jan!

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