What better time to share tips for styling a Mid-Century Modern booth in an antique mall? Firstly, we’re approaching our 5th anniversary at Avonlea Antiques & Interiors in July. Secondly, we’ve just moved into our newest booth — no, let’s call it a show space.
Tips for Styling a Mid-Century Modern Booth: Location
Our new booth sits 3rd down from the front door, still on 1st Street in Avonlea. Consequently, it gets plenty of looks and foot traffic, making it an excellent location. The square footage roughly matches our previous space, but this one stretches a tad longer and sits a bit shallower.
Change was already in the cards. The vignette in our former booth, while lovely, remained static for months. A color swap, or even a complete makeover appeared inevitable. Before settling on a plan, however, the impossible happened: prime space in the mall came available. Location became our deciding factor.
In short, it took a village to achieve our new booth’s magic and we love them all. Raven, Michael, Suszi and Steve, envisioned the styling. Randy, Phil and Eddie handled furniture and art placement. David and I are so grateful for their involvement, because — simultaneously! — we are grappling with health issues.
Credit goes to Randy for painting the floor. Phil spackled and painted the walls Benjamin Moore Summer Nights and Oatmeal. This Summer Nights blue is so much richer than the sports-team blue in our last booth.
See what I mean about our previous booth’s color? Despite my wanting cobalt blue, we wound up with a blue that’s radiant on the Gators’ uniforms at the University of Florida. Sadly, our furniture just did not pop with this color.
Can we all agree that any type of moving is hard? That’s my son, Michael, below. The move devoured his free days, in addition to exhausting him. Here, the wall appears as his sole support. I assume he’s girding himself for the final push to empty our old, yet loved, space.
We prefer to create small areas representing rooms. Bedroom furniture on the left side of the booth . . .
. . . dining furniture on the right.
Kent-Coffey Perspecta Dining Set
Let’s swing in for closeups of the Kent-Coffey Perspecta dining table and chairs, china cabinet, server/bar, and buffet:
Showcasing Our Smalls
Lovely Raven meticulously arranged our booth’s many smalls, showcasing the cut crystal and colored blown glass directly beneath the light fixture atop our Ikea case. By keeping the case unlocked, a customer may now open the door to hold a piece and study it more closely. Previously, a prospective buyer had to ask one of the floor staff to retrieve the cabinet key and return to the booth to unlock it. In other words, a cumbersome process that made impulse buying difficult. Streamlining, we hope, will make these stunning pieces more accessible and easier to sell.
Art nourishes the soul. Moreover, I taught years worth of humanities courses in my past life. We, therefore, consciously stage our “rooms” to include a variety of wall decor. A happy discovery occurred when we learned how well the blue paint enhanced the framed 3-D art.
Michael wired the hanging lamps to the ceiling, while Suszi and Steve made sure similar elements clustered together. For instance, this vintage bar with the fold-down formica flap is capped by the framed Contratto sparkling wine poster. Serendipitously, Michael positioned this lamp to highlight the bar’s striking surfaces and contents. The gold detail on the glassware, as a result, really pops.
Well, here you’ve caught me. Clearly, we need a larger rug under the dining table. But for now, we’ll make do with the rug under the George Noguchi repro coffee table and the cheerful coir welcome mat. Meanwhile, I’m searching for a larger rug.
Above all, we’re grateful to Avonlea Antiques & Interiors team for advice, inspiration, and experimentation over these (almost) 5 years. The team’s involvement styling a Mid-Century Modern booth was a gift. Meanwhile, do I need to say again that Avonlea’s an amazing place? If you’re planning a trip to Jacksonville, FL, or just driving through to another destination, make a point of stopping by!