What is “MCM”?

I decided to call my blog my MCM life. Why “mid-century modern”? My life is a mix of modern 2010s luxury, technology and design; AND 1950s values, relics and design. Half of my belongings are from IKEA, Target, Old Navy and Apple. The other half are from yard sales, salvage yards, thrift stores, estate sales and off the side of the road in a bad part of town. I like it that way.


In 2007 when Jason and I bought our beloved 1955 atomic ranch, we dove head over heels into mid-century modern design. We love the simplicity, functionality and minimalism; the colors; the low, flat furniture; the unique details; the Danish and Scandinavian influences.

The more we fixed up our house, rifled through thrift stores and bartered with old ladies at estate sales; the more we started thinking about the lives our grandparents and great-grandparents lived half a century ago. We realized that we hold many of the same values: hard work, faith and family first, saving money and buying with cash, fixing things when they break, not wasting anything, watching our consumption, growing our own vegetables, knowing our neighbors, resting on Sundays.

That’s my mid-century modern life the best that I can describe it.


12 Responses to What is “MCM”?

  1. Brian says:

    I love your house and furniture! I used to have quite a bit of retro furnishings, but went a different route after a relationship ended. I still have some of my favorite pieces stored safely in the garage… just in case I ever have a larger house where I can have an official retro room! =)

  2. Brent Downey says:

    Your blog is beautiful! I have always had a fascination with the 1950’s and 60’s “retro” decor and lifestyle! I hope someday to be able to achieve what you have and are creating! I have bookmarked your blog and will be reading faithfully! (www.brentdowney.com)

  3. Jami says:

    I love this description. It’s refreshing….and pretty dead-on in an entirely different way than I’ve ever heard mid-century modern described.

    PS – I LOVE your front door and your floors too.

  4. Looks like great house. I enjoyeed reading about the faith, family, and the master bath reno. I build new construction modern design but i like reading and looking at the modern homes built 50 plus years ago.

  5. Stu Nizny says:

    I hope you had a Great time at Pixel 19 Vintage Clothing LLC.
    Thank you for your business.
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    (513) 476-2333

  6. Elaine says:

    So happy to find your blog today while Googling Eastland Acres. We bought over here on Eastland a year ago and have been trying to be neighborly and neighborhood-y. Love the atomic ranch!

  7. Amy says:

    i love this picture. and i love all your furniture. you guys have style so similar to mine. i love retro! and i’m so jealous of your couch b/c i’ve wanted one like that (that one?) from Ikea for years but it looks like they may not make that style anymore 😦 boo!

  8. Meg says:

    So I loved reading your blog, I found this under fostering on Pinterest and I love reading other young couples Journey with fostering, I have had trouble finding other couples our age in Nashville who are actually fostering, most of the people I know adopt over seas. My husband and I are about to be certified foster Parents in Nashville with Youth Villages and I am also a Graphic Designer so I relate. Keep on posting. Your home is beautiful.

  9. Diane Allen says:

    I found your blog by accident — while looking at an article on mid-century modern furniture. I can’t say I have been in love with the furniture style, having been born in right in the middle of the period I lived around these pieces for a good many years. However, my teen daughter loves the clothing of this period and I think I’ve begun to look at the whole period with more nostalgia. Two weeks ago I found a desk at a yard sale site — the right price for my office and not humongous or cheap particle board. I recognized quality and some research has confirmed I found a treasure! Now, in looking at your site I think I’m a total convert.

  10. Linda says:

    We are building a new home and having been praying for scripture for this God given project. SO glad God guided me to your blog. LOVE the scripture for each room/area of your new home. Thank you for sharing. Inspiring for all of us!

  11. Stacey J. says:

    I got here by accident by way of google lol, was looking for mid mod inspiration(how I spend half of my free time). I must say you guys got style!!

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