Get the Mid-Century Modern Look for Less

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I can’t possibly be the only one who’s ogled Don Draper’s office the way some people eye up a triple-scoop ice cream cone (the tiered bar cart! The curvy chairs! The burnt orange and olive palette!). Despite the fact that such styles are practically dominating so many peoples’ Pinterest pages, they’re often unfortunately associated with hefty price tags, making the dream of a Mad Men-esque home makeover seem inaccessible.  

But how about this fun fact: the show’s set director Claude Didul actually sourced many of the pieces from eBay, which means that those sexy furniture and accessory styles are actually much easier—and affordable!—to score than people think. All you need is a bit of insight on what to look for, and I’m here to help with that. Here are ten mid-century modern must-haves that would give your home the kind of sleek, vintage-inspired style even Don would approve of.
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Mid-Century Modern Wall Unit

For these coveted beauties, it’s all about the use of negative space. The modular   wall storage units can be found in wall-mounted or standing versions and make an ideal spot for stashing books, frames pictures, and curated mid-century accessories like coloured glass vases or teak candlesticks.
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Tulip Table

Eero Saarinen was the designer/architect who introduced this mod-style  tulip table. Paired with some scoop-back chairs, this piece is ideal for a kitchen or dining room, but you can also find mini versions (like those with a marble top) that work well for your bedside or in the living room as a side table.
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Mid-Century Modern Daybed

Somewhere between a couch and chaise lounge are these show-stopping pieces, which majorly up the sexy-factor of a living room or office space (I always imagine them in a 1950’s psychiatrist’s office!). If you prefer a super-minimal, armless daybed, look for Knoll—or Knoll-inspired versions, or search for “  gondola-style.”
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Eames Shell Chairs

Charles and Ray Eames first created these moulded  fibreglass chairs for Herman Miller in the mid-1950’s, and the style’s popularity continues today (as many contemporary designers emulate the design). Because they can be found in a range of colours, they’re great for adding a pop to any room.
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Bullet Planter

Large pieces, like the credenza or daybed, are great to make a statement, but don’t forget about the details. These plastic or fibreglass bullet planters can also be re-purposed as an ice bucket, but I’m a fan of adding greenery to any space so I suggest filling with an indoor friendly, air-cleaning plant like a ficus or monstera. Look for versions with metal tripod stands, which adds a luxe touch.
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Ceramic Teak Lamps

Frequently found with a genie bottle-shaped base, this is one accessory that will add a lot of that Mad Men personality to your space (remember: details!) without having to spend a ton of cash. If you can find c eramic teak lamps in a pair, these popular Danish-style pieces are also great to flank your bed.
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Sputnik Chandelier

One of the most whimsical pieces to come out of the Atomic Age of design is this fabulous lighting called the  sputnik chandelier. Switching out your lighting fixture is such a game-changing move. The starburst design of this Mid-Century staple is always a “wow” piece in any room. Shiny brass or chrome versions will add a lightness to rooms that are otherwise populated with heavy wood pieces, plus metals always make a room look richer or outer space chic!
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Teak Candleholders

These quintessentially Danish/Scandinavian  teak candleholders are another simple way to add a Mid-Century touch to any space. Slender and tapered with a subtle curve, these pieces are an affordable detail, but still create a retro impact. Plus candlelight is always sexy, no?
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Hairpin Legs

As is the case with so much MCM design, these long, slender bases (for sofas, tables, stools, etc) provide more negative space to a room—creating a lighter, airier feel. If you’re a DIY fan, these  hairpin legs can be purchased individually and used in place of those on a table you already own, or you can create your own by attaching them to a cool piece of salvaged wood.
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Credenza

These low-sitting, rectangular   credenzas are the perfect base for your television or audio equipment (a record player and a stack of vintage vinyl perhaps?). Danish teak or rosewood versions, like those by Alderslyst Mobelfabrik or Brouer Mobelfabrik can be on the pricier side, but are beautifully made with sleek lines. Look for 1950’s styles if you like a cleaner look, and 1960’s if you prefer some funkier details. 
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