Mad Men: Interior Inspiration

mad-men-setEver since the very first episode was aired, Mad Men has inspired everything from fashion to interior design with its lavish and beautiful set design. Although set in 1960’s New York, there are plenty of ways to make those rich colors, striking patterns and teak furniture work for your own home.

Here are the key elements that are staples of the Mad Men offices and homes:

Color
While colors do become brighter in season 6 as the 1960’s draws to a close, there is a theme of rich, deep jewel tones and autumnal shades throughout all episodes of the show. Burnt orange, golden yellows and browns, maroon and purples can be seen in both the home and office, and could work wonderfully to cozy up your home for Autumn/Winter 2013.

Pattern
Great pattern reigns supreme throughout the seasons in Mad Men. The elegant zebra print walls in a sumptuous dining room where Don and Rachel Menken eat could so easily be tacky, but a small quantity of the wallpaper combined with understated ivory and chocolate browns work perfectly.

The Draper’s home is much more cutesy and traditional than the slick and stylish offices. I love the plaid pattern wallpaper of the kitchen, cheerily combined with a fresh blue-green paint. If you want to go for a 1960s look without the slick Danish style of the Sterling Cooper offices, Betty’s homely look could be just the inspiration you need.

By season 6 we see the more brash and psychedelic patterns come in, with a wall of Ted’s office papered in this fashion. This is quite a bold and over-the-top look for a modern home, but the addition of a vase, lamp shade or rug in a fun retro pattern could brighten up your home nicely.

Futuristic
Some very 1960’s, futuristic style furniture starts to creep in by season 4, most notably in the office space Roger’s young wife Jane designed for him. While this look would probably be a little laughable in a home or office today, a Saarinen-style dining table and chairs can still work and look fresh for the home. Mix it up with more eclectic and modern-day additions, such as up-cycled pieces and bright ornaments.

Clean lines
The sofa styles in the offices are similar throughout all of the seasons; boxy with clean simple and stylish lines that will still look fresh and modern in a home or office today. They are inspired mainly by Danish designers of the 1960’s, such as Jydsk Mobelvaerk.

While the Mad Men versions are covered by fabrics like boucle which are very of the time, you could take inspiration yet modernise with a sofa in a similar style in leather or simple cotton.

Emily Bradbury is writing on behalf of Antiques to Vintage, a great new concept bringing antiques dealers and buyers from all over the world together in one place.

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Lakeside Collection: Our Weekly Favorites

Winter may not have put in an appearance yet, but with autumn comes a certain crispness to the air that means colder weather isn’t far behind for most of us. This week, we’re looking at ways to stay toasty on cool fall afternoons. Autumn’s brisk weather feels wonderful after summer’s sultry heat, but as days shorten and nights grow nippy, it’s even better to come inside and enjoy the warmth of home. Create your own cozy atmosphere with a few of our favorite things this week from Lakeside. Whether it’s a blustery October day or deep into November’s chill, you’ll love wrapping yourself in warmth.

Cozy-Throw-Socks
Don’t wait until the holidays to enjoy feeling enveloped in comfort. Treat yourself or someone special to one of these cozy throw and socks tote sets and take the chill off after a day outside. Available in four stylish colors, the sets include a pair of non-slip socks in festive stripes, a wonderfully soft coordinating throw and a reusable canvas tote bag to keep everything together. Spandex and polyester blend fibers make the socks wonderfully soft and stretchy enough to fit most sizes. The rich hues of the plush poly throw complement any decor, and the matching tote looks as crisp as fall apples. Choose a set in warm chocolate, cozy burgundy, fresh blue or toasty beige. If you’re buying as a gift, pick out a set for yourself; you’ll want to bundle up too!

Insulated-Curtains
Piling on blankets is one way to stay warm, but you can keep your whole house more comfortable while lowering energy bills with the right window treatments. These insulated suede curtains have the luxurious look of suede and put another layer between autumn’s chill and your cozy bedroom or den. Open them during the day to let the sunlight pour in, then close them at night to eliminate drafts from loose window frames. The thermal backing on each set of curtains can also help your home stay cooler on those unseasonably hot days. Because they’re lined, these stylish tab-topped window treatments act as blackout curtains too. Your bedroom will be more restful when you block out unwanted light and sounds from outside.

Fragrance-Chips-Warmer

Warmth is more than a physical attribute; it’s also an emotion. When you think of a warm greeting or a warm smile, you aren’t talking about the temperature. Create a warm, welcoming environment in your home by appealing to different senses. Cuddling up under a fleece throw feels good, but when your home holds the scent of spiced apples, oatmeal cookies or other cozy fragrances, you’ll feel warm in every way. We love this ceramic warmer and simmering fragrance chips to evoke a warm, cheerful mood in any room of the home. The set has no open flame and plugs into any outlet to warm fragrance chips, wax tarts or jar candles without producing smoke or soot. We also like the warmer’s flat plate for its versatility; it works with the attractive clear glass jar that comes with it or with your own favorite scented candles.

Get cozy with Lakeside this week, and you’ll enjoy fall’s cloudless skies and brisk nights even more.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

It’s back-to-school season for kids of all ages, including college students who are returning for another semester of dorm life. Creating a cozy home away from home is more than just a matter of taste; it’s vital for students who are away from their families, possibly for the first time, to feel at ease. Dorm room decor can help keep students organized and focused. It’s also a great way for them to express their sense of personal style. Give a dorm room some flair with this college-ready collection of favorite things for the week!


Computer-Lap-Desk

When space is at a premium, a portable work station can be helpful. Dorm room desks don’t always offer smart space-saving solutions, but a computer lap desk makes the most of that valuable real estate and allows you to work anywhere. The fold-able tray is adjustable allowing you to work on a flat surface or a tilt and the legs are adjustable for a comfortable fit. With the built in mouse pad, cup and pen holder, you will have everything you need right at your finger tips.

Plush-sheet-set

A dorm may not be able to offer all the comforts of home, but with these microfleece sheet sets, a dorm room bed can be as cozy as the one back home. Suede-like softness, great durability and beautiful colors make these sheets a must-have. In rich purple, soft mocha, quiet ecru or faded-denim blue, the sheets go with any style. They also wash and dry in no time, so they’re excellent for college students who are pressed for time and don’t always have hours to spend at a laundromat. If these sheets have a drawback, it’s that they may make you late for morning classes. It’s tough to get out of bed when the bed is so soft and cozy!

Love-rug
Personalizing a living space is important to anyone, but to a college student who may be far from home for the first time, it’s a necessity for peace of mind. Express yourself with Peace and Love room accents and turn an anonymous dorm room into a unique style statement. The original 1960s peace sign lives on in a new generation with these fun, colorful sets that are perfect for adding a personal touch to a dorm. If all you need is love, go for the set modeled on the iconic Robert Indiana pop art print. Pick pink and black or cool blues and purples, and express your personality through color. Each set includes a plush rug and soft throw pillow to add a layer of comfort to your personal space.

Having a dorm room is a first taste of independence for many college students. With fun decorating accents, space-saving solutions and creature comforts, that first experience will also be an exciting one. Choose some of our favorites for dorm life and create the perfect space for studying, socializing and sleeping.