Mid Century at KJF

This year I’ve been clearing out my Mid Century family home and preparing it for sale. I continue to be inspired by the iconic design of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, but this (emotional) process gave me another layer to ponder.

Which Mid Century styles have stood the test of time and fit seamlessly into our contemporary lives, and which perhaps should be left in the past? This was the theme of the Mid Century Modern Style presentation I recently gave at Kimberly James Furniture. Here’s a few thoughts.

Mid Century pieces with clean lines will work well with both antique and contemporary items.

Original Mid Century kitchens and bathrooms are for fanatics only. Bring Mid Century colours and patterns into contemporary kitchens and bathrooms with cabinetry design, tiles and accessories instead.

You can source golden timber furniture that was manufactured in the era or you may prefer contemporary pieces with a Mid Century Influence. Look for simple, organic shapes with tapered legs such as the Kimberly James ‘Oslo’ range in Oak timber and veneers.


Unless the piece has emotional significance for you, only buy or keep second-hand ceramics and glassware in great condition (no chips or cracks).

If you have stained second-hand textiles that are otherwise fine, search the web for everything you need to know about vinegar and borax. With a lot of soaking you may be able to bring them back to life!

Special thanks to

Рboutique artisan tea by Brewed by Belinda 

– delicious wines from Paracombe Wines

and, of course, the lovely Kim and James from Kimberly James Furniture

Look out for more OLIO Interior Design Experiences – presentations, tours and workshops. New dates and topics will be added soon.

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