Another month, another booth. After just two months in our beautiful aubergine space David and I realized we desperately needed more room. Lucky for us a more spacious booth became available unexpectedly.

The additional room created all sorts of possibilities, so this month we decided to try something different. We designed a mid-century room, on display through September, at Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery.

We had the furniture picked out, but we needed a little help selecting the paint. We wanted something retro yet modern, bold but without being kitschy. Thankfully Suszi Kerr, the owner of Avonlea, offered up her expertise. As you can see, Sherwin Williams’ Daredevil Orange looks terrific as an accent wall.

With the booth painted, we started filling it up. Almost all of the furniture in this room was manufactured in the 1950s by Reed Furniture Mfrs, Designers of White Craft, Miami, FL.

Let’s start with the lounge chair and foot stool. Large snaps hold the padding in place, a necessity because the padding is so heavy. Think I’m exaggerating? Do you remember when your dental hygienist placed the lead vest across your chest before X-rays? The foot stool padding is like that. The lounge chair padding is far weightier.

Reed Furniture White Craft

The matching all-in-one table lamp even offers space for magazines. A teak cabinet, made in Denmark in the 1960s, stands to the right of the chair.

We have a window in our booth and I’m scrambling for a treatment. But that’s a project for another day. Let’s just focus on to the sofas and side chair.

Reed Furniture Designers of White Craft

Check out the square pillows sewn from the same fabric as the lounge chair.

Reed Furniture Designed by White Craft

And the matching coffee table with woven strips of bamboo under glass:
Reed Furniture Designers of White Craft

Suszi helped with our wall art configurations. She’s amazing. David and Michael struggled to keep up with their hammers and nails. I’ve never seen pictures go up so quickly.

We integrated our eclectic artwork. A Thai temple rubbing rubs shoulders with panels made in Holland. African masks mingle with Asian art. We even hung reproductions of Pompeii mosaics underneath a contemporary aqua 3-D image.

Wall Gallery

Wall Gallery

Michael acquired this tension lamp with green glass pagoda globes. When they’re lit, they emit a yellow-green glow.

Wall Gallery

The bar, stools, and matching wall mirror stop people in their tracks. Even though I brought fall decorations, by the end of the day I only managed to hang one Halloween banner.

1950s Bar, Stools Wall Mirror
One month. That’s how long this design stays in this space. We’ve had two exhausting days but the customers’ comments made us laugh. There’s the common motif that the room looks so cozy . . . but what time will cocktails be served?

In October Iris Abbey hopes to move to an even larger space, where we will merge our styles of Mid-Century Modern with painted furniture and antiques. I think we’re up to the challenge.

MCM furniture

Thanks for your visit. We love your comments.

Ann Marie and David

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