Off The Shelf or Do It Yourself – Decorating your Mid-Century Home

Decorating and accessorizing a mid-century home has to be one of the most fun aspects of owning one.  You know which Nelson pendant lamp you love and you can probably spot an Arne Jacobsen classic at fifty paces but what can you do when you have Eames taste and Target money?

Well, the internet will provide. There are countless great websites and blogs overflowing with mid century and modern styling. You can search to buy something off the shelf or, for the craftier among us, you can do it yourself.  Here are some great sources to explore.

Sunburst clock

1QoBZHtGqUXKowXXA design classic for any self respecting mid century modern home.  If you want to Buy try  This site overflows with stuff but has a great wall clock section featuring some Nelson inspired designs at palatable prices.
If you’re going to DIYget your crafting hat on and take a peak at these DIY ball clocks


If you want to Buy, Lumens Lights offers a mouth watering choice for a range of budgets.  (beware – some of the prices will have your eyes watering too!)  Dip in and you’ll find the perfect light.

00-fourtune-teller-spherical-pendant-small-a-06If you like the idea of DIY take a look at the pendants on Koan Living. Or, if you are a super committed crafter, feast your eyes on this great project.  Faceted Pendant Lights – The Small Sphere –   Sooo effective.


il_fullxfull.291113897_grandeBuy something fun at  Restyle & Retro Prints. They have some fun prints for any style. You can always explore for some amazing mid century themed prints.

An easy DIY alternative is to find some fabric  you love and stretch over a large craft store canvas fixing with a staple gun. Very big impact for very little cost.


Fabrics are always fun to Buy.  For hand silk screened, 1950’s inspired fabric try something like Melina Made Fabrics .  Available by the yard and made in the USA too!

rrrstylized_florals_retro_colors_2_shop_previewIf you can’t find just the thing try the DIY route.  Spoon Flower lets you upload your own design to have printed on fabric.  You just order the quantity you need. How about that for the personal touch?


There are plenty of retail outlets around where you can Buy rugs.  Don’t forget to take a look at the bigger outfits like Home Depot and Ikea for reasonable prices.  If you like a heavier pile and you have a large area to cover, try placing smaller rugs side by side using non slip gripper and tape.  The pile helps you hide the join and it can be a very cost effective solution.

DIYoptions, Modern Rugs lets you choose colors and dimensions for made to order rugs or might be more your thing.  This carpet tile company offers easy to mix and match carpet squares which you piece together to suit your space.  You’ll love the stripes range.

House Numbers

House numbers can be that final touch to the front of your home. Luckily, Modern House Numbers has some fantastic options and is a Buy & DIY double hit for mid century style house numbers.  They have a wide range of sizes and fonts to choose from or request a custom size if you’re particular.

Cabinet Doors

Another fit to the Buy & DIY category, Semi Handmad.  They make custom doors specifically for Ikea cabinetry in a vast range of finishes and veneers.  Or, if you have a special project in mind they can custom make.  Think kitchens, bathrooms and closets – anything that requires doors.  The design options and combinations are endless.

So, take your pick.  Whether you are the off the shelf personality or you prefer to personalize with do it yourself there is something out there for you.  Go stretch your dollar with style.

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Louise Muzio

Writer at Better Living SoCal
Based in Southern California, Louise lives in a mid century bungalow with her husband and two young children. Currently mid re-model, they strive to combine a shared passion for mid century modern design with the practicalities of modern family living.

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