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.

Yes, you are looking at a Kent-Coffey dining set from the 1960s: table, chairs, buffet, server, and china cabinet. Photo by Raven McKie

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.

Lane Mosaic dresser, mirror and end tables, 1970s; Drexel Today’s Living dresser and full/queen bed frame designed by Milo Baughman in 1950s; George Noguchi repro coffee table. Photo by Raven McKie

Paint Color

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.

Benjamin Moore Summer Nights 777

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.

Styling Mid-Century Modern Booth

Furniture

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.

Vintage Furniture Booth Arrangement
Photo by Raven McKie

We prefer to create small areas representing rooms. Bedroom furniture on the left side of the booth . . .

Styling Mid-Century Modern Booth
Photo by Raven McKie

. . . 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:

Styling Mid-Century Modern Booth
Photo by Raven McKie
Styling Mid-Century Modern Booth
Photo by Raven McKie
Styling Mid-Century Modern Booth
Photo by Raven McKie
Styling Mid-Century Modern Booth
Photo by Raven McKie

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.

Photo by Raven McKie
Photo by Raven McKie
Photo by Raven McKie
Carafe and glasses
Photo by Raven McKie
Shannon Crystal Whiskey Decanter and glasses
Photo by Raven McKie
Teak Candlestick Trio
Photo by Raven McKie

Wall Decor

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.

Staging Mid-Century Modern Booth
Photo by Raven McKie

Lighting

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.

Staging Mid-Century Modern Furniture
Photo by Raven McKie

Rugs

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.

Styling Mid-Century Modern Booth
Photo by Raven McKie
Coir Mat
Photo by Raven McKie

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!

Ann Marie & David

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2 Comments on Tips for Styling a Mid-Century Modern Booth

  1. Sheen May
    August 19, 2019 at 3:26 pm (1 month ago)

    Hi
    Fantastic ideas!
    How about a corner cupboard to save space and gain extra solution?

    Reply
    • irisabbey
      August 19, 2019 at 6:44 pm (1 month ago)

      I put in a china cabinet in, on the diagonal, and it holds lots of smalls.

      Reply

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