Mid-century living starts here

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear… the Living MCM blog is active at last!

Who am I? Just your humble host at Living MCM, another vintage and retro aficionado who spends most of his time on the West Coast.

What is mid-century? The term can be rather vague, as some writers use it with a precise focus on a few years of the 1950s, while others use it to encompass a broader scope spanning the 1930s to the 1970s. This blog will deal primarily with the years between post-WWII and the early 1960s, perhaps with the occasional small field trip a little outside that range.

Why mid-century? Some lovers of vintage and retro are interested in a wide range of eras. Others prefer a shorter, more specific time-frame. Some love the romanticism and glamour of the 1930s and 1940s. Others are interested in the social consciousness and free-spiritedness of the late 1960s and the 1970s. Personally, I find that the mid-century years had a unique energy, a tangible forward-looking zeitgeist. Daily life was becoming what we think of as “modern,” with wonderful technological conveniences and streamlined everyday design, yet still with a sense of that “Old Hollywood” class and elegance evident in such areas as fashions, cars, fine dining, and dinner and cocktail parties.

Why another mid-century blog? There are many blogs that deal with visual design of the mid-century era, and that will be a large part of this blog as well. But more than that, the goal of this site is to share ideas on enriching our contemporary lives with chic vintage distinction and a mid-century approach to everything we do, whether it be decorating our homes, dressing up, going out to eat, choosing music and movies, enjoying the outdoors, keeping physically fit, and more.  Of course, lest we get caught up in looking at the past through rose-colored glasses, it’s possible to acknowledge that things were far from perfect in those years, while still focusing on the positive facets of the fascinating mid-century era.

One of the biggest aspects of the popularity of mid-century modernism in recent years is home decor. But it all seems so expensive! So how can you indulge this pursuit without breaking the bank?

Stay tuned…

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