The History of Modern ... Patrick Dragonette!

Are you ready for more Inspiration? Another Speaker from Design Camp that truly knocked my socks off (sandals ... did I mention it was 107° in Las Vegas?) was Patrick Dragonette.

While Patrick truly regaled us with his knowledge of all the past and present design icons ... he was so inspirational in his delivery.  You absolutely know, when listening, that this man is passionate about his love (and true KNOWLEDGE) of mid-century design!

And his inspiration seemed to be absolutely Billy Haines.

William Haines Designs carries on the Haines legacy by faithfully reissuing the original Haines furniture designs with great accuracy and penchant for this style known as Hollywood Glamour. Peter Schifando and J. Jonathan Joseph are extending the Haines aesthetic with painstaking accuracy and fulfilling the current demand for Hollywood Regency design. With an A-List clientele, which includes Nancy Reagan and Betsy Bloomingdale, it is only befitting that these iconic, classic designs from William Haines grace their homes.

Taken from the William Haines Design

Web Page

While I don't think I would ever design a room completely in MCM ...  I do believe that just like any other era of design, bringing in a piece or two will make your space that much more fun and unique!  These are 

some of my favorite pieces from the Collection ... and they can work in ANY design style.

The Brentwood Chair

The Elbow Chair

The Pull-Up Chair

Dragonette is one of the country’s top resources for high-end mid 20th-century design and has made the works of William Haines a specialty and totally brought me down the rabbit hole with him after listening to him speak.

And of course Dragonette designs as well ... he studied theatre in New York before he turned his passion of antiques into a lifestyle ... and I love that you can feel the theatrics in his spaces.

The continuing theme from Design Camp ... Mix It Up and Do what you LOVE!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time. 



MCM - Animal Style!

As many of y'all know ... the last few months I have been cleaning out my parent's home in Georgia.  I finally finished.  I considered each and every piece.  Do I like it? What memories do these pieces hold? Will I EVER use them?  Is it worth the money to move it all and put in my Attic? Don was with me, he tried to be delicate ... but even he rolled his eyes when I was considering the pale green floral cross stitch in gold frame.  But Frames Cost Money!!  Okay ... put it in the GoodWill pile.

I did bring home alot.  Most went to my Dad's new home but boxes are residing in our mudroom.  Until I figure out what to do with it all.  Now, you have to understand, as a person who LOVES to scour flea markets and antique shows.  I was sitting on my own Market!  

Then there was this ...

This Cheetah (hate to dispute OKL ... but this is NOT a leopard!) on One Kings Lane is not Mine.  But I have his twin.  My Mother and I gave this to my Father for his Birthday when I was 10 (I'll do the math for you ... it was 41 years ago!).

We were SO excited that we paid EXTRA to have it gift wrapped and when we got home, WE unwrapped it for him!!

It is now in his new home.  Just yesterday he called me and said "I've had to move the Cheetah".  "Why, Daddy?"  I asked.  "He's staring at me when I watch TV".

When I saw this on Beth's Pinterest Board I had to Smile! 

This Cheetah is like a real pet to our family.  And believe me, we have plenty of real ones ... he is special.  

I used to wonder how all these great things made it out to the flea markets ... who found them, who let go of them ... didn't they know what they had?  

Now I know.  Sometimes, you just have to Let Go.  And let the pieces bring happiness in a new home.  I let an unbelievable amount go.  Don't want to underestimate the people at the GoodWill of Cumming, Georgia, However, I don't think they have any idea that they are holding some pretty awesome treasures!!

Here's to Letting Go ... and not letting it stop the thrill of the HUNT!!



Cool, Modern Interiors

Hi there! Iím Jessica, a writer for Arcadian Lighting. Every day I get to discover beautiful, inspiring interior design ideas and light fixtures, and then get to share them with lovely bloggers, like Kim. I'm delighted to be guest posting today because I'm going to be sharing a collection of cool, modern interiors. I hope you enjoy!
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This impressive home is full of sleek, modern furniture in a relaxing beige tone. A pop of yellow and purple accents are a playful touch, as is the thoroughly modern hanging bubble chair.
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Beautiful, colorful patterns are always good idea for a children's room. The built-in shelving around the window is also a very clever idea.
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Modern designs are marked by simplicity and convenience. The smooth unadorned surfaces in this stylish dining room is broken up by the lovely vine details on the pendant light.
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This clean minimal loft features plenty of circular designs, a popular motif in modern dÈcor. Bright red accents fit in with the light-hearted atmosphere of this open space.
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The subway tiles and industrial appliances give this kitchen an urban modern feel. The sleek white Phillipe Stark swivel chairs and oversized pendant light are just plain cool, too.
Modern Interiors
This pristine bathroom is all about functionality. The mini Buddha statue gives a cool, zen feel to the room, while the ceiling light provides ample warm general lighting.
Modern Interiors
This sparse, yet rustic living and dining room is so modern and inviting. The cave art picture is a fun contrast.
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Brilliant oranges and warm brown tones combine beautifully in this swanky modern living room. The exposed concrete walls and flooring gives the space a particularly industrial edge.†Images†1†|†2†|†3†|†4†|†5†|†6†|†7†|†8 Are you a fan of modern interiors? Be sure to stop by Arcadian Lighting for a wide selection of affordable modern lighting fixtures for your home!

While I don't normally "advertise" for a particular company,I wanted to share this with you. The photos Jessica is sharing here relate to my recent posts about Mid-Century Modern, and my love for the contemporary/rustic mix. I hope you enjoy the visuals and maybe you will find a new source for some fun and affordable lighting!