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August 16, 2010

Mid-Century Colonial. Did You Say Colonial?

By Sablemable aka Jan

Yep, I did say Colonial!  I got to thinking the other night that there were Colonial flavored homes built during the mid-century and the owners decorated with-what else?  Colonial!

Here’s a Colonial style ranch home circa 1964.


The floor plan and description.


Now for the furniture!  I bought some catalogs from Ebay of the old Forslund Furniture Store in Grand Rapids, Michigan who specialized in Early American/Colonial.  Of course.




I wish I could show you more furniture, which is fantastic, but I like showing you stuff in color and the catalog didn’t have enough color pictures. 

I had never visited this particular furniture store, but I understand that the furniture was of top quality. 

Tell me what you think about MCM-Colonial homes and furniture.  Have you ever been to Forslund Furniture before it closed or do you have any furniture from them?  Dying to know, gang!

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4 Responses to Mid-Century Colonial. Did You Say Colonial?

  1. Modern Suzie Reply

    August 16, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I swear my grandparents have that exact maple rocker with the blue patterned fabric. They also have a very similar couch, although theirs is a cream and orange paisley…I hate that couch, the arms aren’t very comfortable

  2. Annie B. Reply

    August 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Oh, Sable! I remember the knotty pine dining set my grandfather made in the 1950’s and the hooked, braided rug made by my aunt which laid underneath the dining table. This post brings back happy memories.
    Thanks a million!

  3. Glenda C. Reply

    September 15, 2010 at 9:20 am

    At our local auctions in Kansas, you can buy this furniture for dollars…yes, dollars. I saw dining room sets go for under $20. Nobody wants it anymore! Same with the living room furniture, etc. The auctioneers practically have to beg people to take it!

  4. Michael E. Reply

    November 7, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I know that I’m a little late to the party here since it’s 2016 and these replies were left in 2010…but I have to say…I love this style. So much so, that this is the style in which I am renovating my boring 1984 condo. I have so many fond memories of this “stuff” from when I was a child. My Grandmother and Mother were both Ethan Allan maple/birch devotees ! I am fortunate that they took really good care of their “treasures”…most of which I now own (dining room set, bedroom set and some living room pieces). I’ve found that Cushman furniture and Tell City furniture pieces blend really well with my vintage Ethan Allen too. I’ll be doing my kitchen in knotty pine, complete with the obligatory scalloped valance over the kitchen since. I’ve found some amazing fabrics (loaded with eagles and tavern signs) for drapes. Also for dinnerware…the “homestead” pattern by USA china is an awesome look. Nope, mid century colonial is NOT cutting edge…but it is completely livable. When completed, I hope my project will have the look of a “time capsule” home !!!

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