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I was asked today if I get my decorating inspiration from the show “Mad Men”? I actually get my inspiration from whatever catches my eye. Mad Men tends to focus more towards mid-century modern and Hollywood regency style. I love what they do on that show and it all looks authentic and well thought out. They truly do a great job capturing the era. If you look at the rooms that I have decorated in our home you will see that a large part of it is art deco but we also have items from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. There are a lot of people who only buy pieces if there is a name on the bottom. I do not subscribe to that line of thought. If you approach collecting with this narrow sign there will be a lot of great pieces that you will miss.  Here is an example of our living room……

As you can see it varies in style but it all goes together (in my opinion).

In our diner we just went with what felt right. You can’t go wrong with retro metal signs. In this room the booths and the jukebox are the focal points so whatever I incorporated into the room just had to jive with that era and styling.

At the end of the day what you surround yourself with should make you feel good and happy.

2 responses »

  1. Absolutely stunning!

    What started your interest in this era/style? Was there a particular piece that prompted you to begin collecting retro housewares & furniture? Does the jukebox work?


    • hepcatrestorations

      Thank you soo much!

      I have always been drawn to things from the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s.I have been told I have an old soul and I think it is true because the new stuff just doesn’t appeal to me. Maybe it stems from having a father that was 50 years old when I was born but who knows. When I first started getting into restoring I was originally drawn to art deco styling then mid century modern then danish and now back to art deco.

      As to your other question the Jukebox does work and it makes you feel like you are in the 50’s when it plays. I also have a really old Seeburg Jukebox called a library unit. Elvis and Sinatra had one of them in their homes as well.



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