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Late Fifties' Homes on Making Nice in the Midwest

As our 1959 ranch has begun to take shape in its second year as our home sweet home, I’ve been drawing loads of inspiration from vintage interiors from the same era. The color scheme, the restrained and smart furniture arrangements, and especially the sparse and avant-garde placement of wall art. Check out my most recent round-up of vintage home inspiration, and be sure to check out my INSPIRED BY: Vintage Homes archives!

Late Fifties' Homes on Making Nice in the Midwest

Everything about these interiors is pretty drool-worthy, if you ask me, but mostly I really love the modern furniture covered in fun colors and patterns. No safe, tan sofas in these homes! And check it out— a pink shag rug? And it somehow doesn’t look tacky. Those are the decorating chances I’d love to take if Phil would let me. It all works with tasteful style and restrained backgrounds. Someone get this women a pink shag rug, will ya? Or better yet— a pink passion pit right smack dab in the middle of my living room! Oh yeah.

Late Fifties' Homes on Making Nice in the MidwestLate Fifties' Homes on Making Nice in the Midwest

vintage magazine images found at these Pinterest links: 1 2 3 4 5 6

5 Responses

  1. Mac says:

    I think my little ranch is pretty similar to yours, and I’ve been doing a lot of the same thing. I’m flummoxed by a counter height bay window, we have. I’ve found a lot of mid century photos with similar windows, but none of them are modern. :-/ I’ll crack the code eventually, but for now, it’s become my laundry folding counter. I’m sure this impresses the neighbors. ;-)

  2. Taylor says:

    I love all of it!


  3. Courteney says:

    Oh…the last image is just beautiful! I’m so jealous of the areas that have homes like this in abundance. Unfortunately 50’s/60’s ranchers like yours are basically nonexistent in our area (boomed in the 80’s and 90’s), and the ones that are closest (in Vancouver) are million dollar homes. We keep dreaming though!

    • Mandi says:

      The only thing really interesting in my home is the brick wall with the simple fireplace/no mantle thing. I dream of homes like this too! That’s why I like to try to steal little details from them when I can. :) The gingham sofas have inspired a sort of chair recovery project I’ll be sharing soon. I just always thought gingham was so country, but seeing it in the mid century surroundings really struck a chord with me!

  4. allie says:

    YES!! Me too!