Mid-Century Shopping in the DC area

November 5, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Posted in $hit I want, decor, design, mid-century, modernism | Leave a comment
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Daryle and I are always on the hunt for new (old) finds for our home. We try so hard to be minimalists, but there’s just too much cool $hit out there. I have a rule though — no more nicnacks because we don’t have space for them! From now on, we only want functional pieces to hide our shtuff. Our mid-century modern home boasts a great wide open floor plan, but one thing the architect left out — was having space to put your crap. Being a clothes horse, I have the clothes that don’t fit in our closets stuffed in big storage bins that are stacked to the ceiling in our basement. It’s not the best way to live. So we are on the look out for a mid-century / teak dresser. Though, I’m pretty sure they didn’t make any dressers in the 1950s that would hold the amount of clothes I have; just maybe there’s something suitable out there. We headed to one of our favorite mid-century shops in DC — Millenium. The shop is tiny and jam packed with the best finds, all of which are really well priced. If you are a fan of teak furniture, you could essentially outfit your entire home with teak in one trip to Millenium. Fun!

A quick snap.

I thinking of doing a series: Babies on modern furniture.

But no, we don’t need a sofa.

[This was from two weekends ago, hence the short sleeves.] Then a walk through U Street — our old stomping ground.

…as Jack rock’s his denim jacket.

And swing around the corner past the house that I lived in when I first moved to DC. Yes, that house is where I lived — and it looked nothing like that when I lived there. Imagine bricks falling and a really dirty facade. But it was truly one of the most fun periods of my life, living with five others — all in our roaring twenties.

In the car, we drove through downtown.

and saw Monuments and stuff.

And The Monument of course which is under a multi-million dollar renovation after the earthquake.

To Alexandria, Virginia to the most amazing mid-century shop called Daniel Donnelly. It was the first time I’d been to the store, located in a warehouse — I was in love. Dan Donnelly, the owner originally solely sold mid-century modern furniture, but over time he began designing his own modern-inspired furniture [checky-outy] which he sells in the store along side Herman Miller products.

Dan Donnelly also restores mid-century furniture. We have a very early Eames Lounge Chair and the black leather was completely splitting apart at the seams, so we brought it to Dan to see if he could help restore the chair. His shop is so amazing, he brought out different pieces of leather to match for color to our chair. Because our chair was so old, all of the new stuff looked too starkly different in comparison. Dan just so happened to have pieces of old leather from someone else’s Eames lounge that they decided to entirely restore with new leather. What a match! So we should have our newly restored chair with old leather sometime before Christmas. Yay!

A young modernist in training — he has excellent taste.

Also check out: My Favorite Mid-Century Shops in the DC Area.


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