December 27, 2009

Longing for Brasilia

Over the years of vintage treasure-hunting, I have discovered and rediscovered a particular design that never fails to induce in me a serious case of furniture lust. I could walk into a room crowded with vintage pieces and this design would never fail to catch my eye.

Only recently did I discover exactly what it is and where it comes from...

The Brasilia line by Broyhill Furniture:
Created in 1962 to mimic architecture in the capital city of Brasil. Much of Brasilia (the city) was designed between 1956 and 1960 by Oscar Niemeyer. The most noteable characteristics of his architecture are the hyperboloid structures and clean, simple, modern lines. This is illustrated in the design of the Palacio de Alvorado and the Cathedral of Brasilia, shown below.

Broyhill was inspired by Niemeyer's city and manufactured these pieces throughout the 1960's. Here are a few more:

To see the rest of the line, click here to see Broyhill's original brochure.

The Brasilia line is well-made and has stood the test of time. Owners of these pieces must surely be proud of their fabulous finds!

I am definitely a fan...
I am also definitely kicking myself for not purchasing the Brasilia headboard I recently saw at an estate sale. (I blame my common sense for reminding me that I do not own a double bed!)

One day...

November 2, 2009

For The Love of Hand-Me-Downs...

Hope everyone had a lovely Halloween weekend!

Over the weekend, I acquired some fun vintage finds I want to share with you.

The circumstances are unfortunate. My grandmother has reached the point where she would rather live in a retirement community than remain in her own home alone. As a result, she gave me the freedom to go through her cupboards and take what I like. There's not much in my grandmother's house that has ever caught my eye, except for this dresser (which now stands in my house)...

...but it's amazing what you can find when someone has lived in a house for over 50 years.

Here are some of the treasures I took home:

My grandfather's old bow ties / my grandmother's aprons (I remember her wearing these when I was young)...

An old candy dish / kitchen canisters...

Two vintage clocks / my grandfather's old coffee mugs...

A set of highball glasses / an old sewing box...

Great vintage fabric (it's so hard to find good fabric these days!) / an old Austrian ceramic cup...

A great vintage serving platter / a super 80's-fabulous German sweater knitting manual (you should see the pictures inside!).

Over the years, my grandmother gave away her best treasures, but I feel lucky that a few remain for me to hold on to and display in my home.

I would love to see what each of you have been given by your own grandmothers! It doesn't get any better than treasures with stories.


October 27, 2009

Artist Spotlight :: Ashley Goldberg

From time to time, I'd like to spotlight an up-and-coming artist. Because really, no home is complete without some life on the walls, right?

Ashley Goldberg is an artist from Portland, OR. According to Ashley, her artwork is "simple, but with a sophisticated or stark color palette." I am drawn to her mix of ink sketches and bright colors.

Here are some samples of her work:
She also does custom portraits! They're pretty fabulous and I would love to have one someday. See below...

Colorful accents are one of the keys to fabulous mid-century and modern homes.
To read more about Ashley's story and inspiration, and to see more of her work, visit her website: Ashley G & Drew!

October 26, 2009

Design on a Dime...

Being a lover of design becomes complicated when living on a tight budget. While most modern designs and great vintage pieces will cost you a pretty penny, there is a solution...and no, I don't mean Ikea.

The solution is in the vocabulary.
I refer to myself not as a shopper, but as a treasure hunter.

Forget big retailers and expensive antique stores (unless you find a deal!)....start searching thrift stores, estate sales, Craigslist, flea markets and the Pennysaver. You'll be amazed at the treasures you can find at affordable prices!

I've been searching for a simple mid-century dresser for a few years. About a month ago, I saw this little guy sitting outside an antique store with the shocking sticker price of $55! I couldn't believe it. It was meant to be. Now he's at home in my bedroom adorned with my beloved flea market owl bank and my estate sale glass bowl (okay...along with a couple of Ikea finds, I admit it!)

I love this little guy...However, my favorite find of all time was my late 60's/early 70's Philco console stereo. I found it at an estate sale at the discounted price of $75! I love it and the sound of vinyl in my living room! (Perhaps I will share those pictures another time, along with some of my other great finds!)

There is something so satisfying about taking your time to collect wonderful pieces over the years. It's so much better than simply running to the store and ending up with the same thing everyone else has! And, as they say, the journey is the best part!

Treasure hunting can not only save you money, but it will fill your house with unique pieces that each have their own story...stories you'll be telling for years.

Happy hunting!

October 24, 2009

Reclaiming Baby's Room...

Due to the increasing number of my friends who are pregnant and/or new moms, I've decided to take a look at design when it comes to making a home for baby.

While the rest of the house evolves into modernity, nurseries seem to remain stuck in the past.

We've all walked into cliche nurseries that look like this...
...leaving us practically choking on pink ruffles and fluff!

People desperately want to find out the sex of their baby early to avoid the dreaded "gender-neutral" baby room. Green? Yellow? Orange? *Gasp* How awful!

Let's expand our horizons, people! It's possible to bring baby up in style without resorting to pink and blue extremes! Besides, can all that baby pink and sky blue really be good for a newborn's brain??

Let's give warmer tones a second look, shall we?

GREEN: Here are a few ideas that bring "the nursery" into the modern age...babies can be cool too! Complete with Eames Elephant and Rocking Chair, this room incorporates modern, clean-lined baby furniture that actually looks good!
green nursery

ORANGE: For those mid-century fans, like myself, here's a room that features vintage finds in the style of yesteryear. There's no reason baby's furniture can't include estate sale treasures re-purposed as dressers, changing tables and toy boxes!
orange nursery
I'd be one happy baby if I got to hang out in there...

Lastly...during my search I discovered a slew of fabulous modern mobiles, and I just have to share a few of them with you...


So, really, there's no excuse for boring baby rooms. Bright colors are not only important for baby's development, but also for their sense of style (and mom's)!

Happy nesting, modern mamas!

October 21, 2009

To Plant and Watch Grow

The reluctant neglect of this blog has unfortunately been due to the increased hours I am lending to my new-ish job at SEED: People's Market.

While I do have a new blog post that will appear in the next few days, for now I want to simply share with you that SEED is finally making itself known to the world with its official web-launch and Grand Opening this weekend!

Please feel free to check out the website:

SEED: People's Market

and stop by the store this weekend for the Grand Opening!

Trust me, it's a great one-stop shop to begin tackling your Christmas gift list...whether you need candles and cards to Patagonia snow jackets and anything in between.

Our hours this weekend are:
Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 10am - 7pm
(I only work Sunday.)

See you there!

September 5, 2009

Beds :: Now you see you don't...

While researching sofa beds for my previous post, I came across a British company called Clei that takes wall beds to a whole new modern, genius level. These beds are so cool, I just had to share them with you.

Murphy bed, eat your heart out!

First, a horizontal wall bed...

A sofa-fold-away wall bed...

A bed cleverly disguised as a desk...

And then a roll-away desk/wall bed version...way cool...

A bookshelf wall bed...

And my personal favorite...the wall bunkbed...

So, no matter how you want to disguise a can do it with Clei beds. Check out their website for more models and to check out some of their way cool convertible beds.

In other news, things at the store are going still to come. It's changing all the time! Stop by if you haven't!

August 12, 2009

Organic Designs by Aggelige

Apparently, beginning new full-time jobs and getting a new store up and running keeps a girl pretty busy and unfortunately unable to update her blog as often as she desires. I apologize for my absence over the last week. Seamlessly transitioning to a whole new life schedule is proving to be a bit more difficult than I thought!

However, the store is up and running and looks great! The customer response has been overwhelmingly positive. The last post was mostly filled with concept pictures of the store, but I will post some actual pictures very soon!

In the meantime, I want to introduce you to a fabulous small business owner whose shop is directly across from ours. Operating out of an old silver, airstream trailer, Aggelige Spanos is a lovely lady who's trying to make a living around something she loves...something we also happen to love here at thevintagemodern....


Aggelige plants her beauties in various vintage and unique containers she has found on her many treasure hunts. She does an excellent job and I can't wait to get paid so I can take one of them home!

Here are some pictures of her adorable shop:

I highly encourage each of you to stop by if you're in the area. She has arrangements in every price range, size and shape! On top of that, Aggelige is one of the nicest people I've met in a long time! You can find her in her silver bullet every Wednesday - Sunday at The CAMP...2937 Bristol St in Costa Mesa, CA. And while you're at it, visit me at SEED!'s to the love of succulents, local artists, and turning your dreams into reality...

August 4, 2009

SEED: People's Market - Opening Thursday!

I am very excited to announce the opening of a new store THIS THURSDAY, AUGUST 6TH, at the CAMP in Orange County, CA...

I am excited about this store for the following reasons:
1) because it is extremely cool.
2) because I am lucky enough to work there.

Here is some information about the store to pique your interest!

SEED: People’s Market is a marketplace for emerging
designers, makers and artists. The People’s Market
showcases sustainable products and local handmade
crafts in a modern eco-friendly space at the CAMP in
Costa Mesa, CA.

The People’s Market includes community space for
demonstrations, classes and events and a fresh food
bar with living room, outside deck and laptop station for visitors.
Shop owners will be encouraged to attend monthly
“Meet the Makers” events and People’s Market will organize
and manage ongoing programs for the community.

We will carry a huge variety of items, including...

Here's a bit more info about the CAMP, where the store is located:

As the first green retail compound of its
kind, the CAMP opened in 2002 anchored by an array
of authentic green boutiques and organic, healthy eateries.
Award winning architecture, indigenous landscaping
and environmental aesthetics are coupled with
the following amenities offered to CAMP customers:
a grass roof, certified redwood, on-site percolation system
(to avoid urban runoff to the ocean), a central yurt, and
local artisan touches throughout the grounds.

I am excited about the artists participating in SEED. We have some great merchandise and I've already bought a few things myself. I'm afraid my paycheck won't last very long in that place!

Over the next few weeks, I will spotlight some of our contributing artists here on my give you a better idea of the amazing creativity and products we will feature!

The store is definitely a work in progress. We will continually build our list of participating artists and the space will be constantly changing and growing.

So...come check it out and check back often!

There's definitely something for every interest and every price range at SEED. As a lover of art and design, I am excited to participate in the start-up of this project and I can't wait to see where it goes!

Stay tuned...and I hope to see you in the store!!

Monday - Friday, 11am-7pm
Saturday, 11am-6pm
Sunday, 11am-5pm
Visit for more information and directions!