It’s Mid-Century Modern week here at Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage.  Looking through our inventory, we couldn’t help but notice that there is an abundance of brightly colored, boldly shaped furniture, lighting and decorative elements.   If you are looking to add some whimsical modernity to your home, here’s a little inspiration — straight from the 1940’s and 50’s.
In the wake of World War II, American industry boomed, ushering in the modern era of the suburban lifestyle.  It was the birth of “leisure time” and America knew how to entertain and finally relax.  That sense of fun was carried through in the designs of the day.

In the Store:

Mid-Century Rocker

The Rocker: This yellow vinyl rocking chair would be the perfect accent to any Mid-Century living room.  With wood and chrome accents, you’ll feel both rustic and futuristic. This could be your reading nook…

Parlor Stool: Imagine having an Ice Cream Parlor in your kitchen!  This isn’t your mama’s Malt Shoppe, though.  Seat these parlor stools at a stone or reclaimed granite counter top to create an updated Mid-Century breakfast spot.

Green Vinyl Stool

Dinette Table

Table + Chairs: Combine this dinette table with some of our brightly-colored school chairs.

Coral-Colored School Chair

Paneling: Maybe you’ve got a surface at home that you want to liven up?  We’ve got something for that.  Come down to the reuse our bin of Mid-Century panelling, perfect for resurfacing a table or cabinet.  We love the Atomic Age pattern!

Mid-Century Paneling


Curious about how to incorporate some of your new found Mid-Century pieces?  Check out these Portland-area resources for more inspiration.
Mid-Century Modern League of Portland
Historic Preservation League of Oregon — Annual Rummer Tour
Rummer Network

Mid-Century Living Room

To shop any of the above items, just visit our What’s For Sale index.

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