Starburst Clocks

My fellow mid-mod lovers,

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite pieces to collect. Starburst clocks!

Screen Shot 2018-04-09 at 10.55.03 AMThey are as popular today as when they first hit the scene in the late 1940’s. They symbolize mid-century style and that era’s movement toward modernism. Each variation of this clock is like a piece of art and ends up becoming the focal point of the room.

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In the late 40’s, the clocks had glass fronts that opened up to allow you to set the hands and you needed a key to wind them. Today, if you’re lucky enough to score one of these beauties, you might find that it’s missing some of its original parts. Try Etsy and Ebay for vintage replacements. Bid fast and bid high!

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George Nelson and his design group are credited with introducing the starburst clock circa 1947. George Nelson designed furniture for Herman Miller as well as clocks for his son, Howard Miller.

One of my favorites is the iconic Ball Clock. It was an atomic style clock with bright, wooden balls representing the hours of the day. The name ‘atomic’ comes from its resemblance to the structure of an atom.

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I actually owned an original one. My husband found it at a clock repair shop in the early 90’s. At that time, I was already collecting mid-century clocks. My husband was bringing one of them to be repaired when he spotted the Ball Clock up on the wall.

The hands weren’t original, and it had been modified to work on a battery…but boy was I happy when he walked through the door with it! And he only paid $45.00 for it. What a steal! For years after, I tried to find original hands for it. I never had any luck.

The clock is now owned by the family that bought my mid-century home. I felt it belonged in that house. Here’s a picture…

Nelson Miller Clock

Much of my mid-century collection was sold along with the house. But I still have a huge collection of gorgeous sunburst clocks.

One is a rare brutalist clock that I got for my birthday a few years ago. It’s hard to clean, and when I have to take it in to the shop, I’m guaranteed to get a few cuts and scrapes along the way!

Brutalist Sunburst Clock

Trying to keep all my clocks working is a BIG job. The clock repairman that I use today is amazed every time I walk in with a different clock.

One of my favorites is a mirrored Eglomise beauty. (Eglomise is a French term meaning to gild the back side of the glass with gold or metal leaf.)It’s from the mid 1950’s and I’ve only ever seen one other like it. And it was in my Aunt’s house in 1969. I was 12 at the time and I already loved everything in her mid-century apartment.

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Today I have my clock collection grouped together on a very large wall in my stairway. I love looking at them every day as I go up and down the stairs. Here’s a look…

Until next time, Stay Mid-Mod.
Cami

Sunburst Mirrors

Hello MidCentury Lovers,

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite decor items. The sunburst mirror. The sun motif has been popular in home decor for centuries. You’ll see many variations of the sunburst mirror today, but they are not a trend. This is a true classic and can fit seamlessly into almost any style interior. Many of these mirrors are so ornate that they feel more like art than decor.

Retailers like Wayfair.com, Pier 1 and even Home Depot offer a selection of sunburst style mirrors. However, finding a vintage sunburst mirror is not easy and can be very costly. I recently found one on Craigslist. It wasn’t in good shape, but I like the look of age on pieces like this. And it was priced right!

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I went all the way to Queens to get it. What a trip that was! Once I finally found a parking spot, I entered a smelly, old building with no elevator. I walked up to the 5th floor to find a pretty young girl waiting for me at the top of the stairs. To my great surprise, her tiny apartment was overflowing with a beautiful collection of midcentury pieces. The mirror was definitely vintage, but someone had given it an awful paint job. I knew I could spruce it up with some real gold or silver leaf, and that it would look amazing…and be worth a lot of money.

We agreed on a price of $300 and I headed home. My husband didn’t see the beauty in my purchase, so I decided to hang the mirror in a flip I was working on. Doesn’t it look great on this big cocoa-brown wall? Eventually I’ll re-do this beauty and hang it in my master bathroom.

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Here’s an example of a Brutalist style sunburst mirror that I found at a local antique shop. My husband was horrified when I brought it home. I know it’s not for everyone, but I love it. And it looks especially good in my stairway which has uncommonly high ceilings.

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One of my favorite places to shop online is Chairish.com. You can find high-end vintage pieces and can usually negotiate a decent price. Here are a few mirrors worth looking at…

Craigslist and Ebay are good sources too. Here are two I recently stumbled upon…

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The search is half the fun! All you have to do is look. And chances are, you’ll find something to fall in love with.

Swing by again soon. Sunburst clocks are up next. I’m a huge lover and collector.

Until next time, stay MID-MOD!

Cami

Vintage Enamel Flower Pins

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They’re cheerful, bold and infinitely versatile. Enamel flower pins popped up in the early 60’s. And when they hit the costume jewelry scene, they took it over! They were different, cheap and easy to find. Plus, you could wear them in all kinds of ways and places. On hats, bags, and dresses. On your coat collar, the cuff of your jeans or even in your hair.

As for me, I put them on pillows, draperies, fabric frames and lamp shades.IMG_4570

 

These pins looked great and didn’t cost a fortune. So, they quickly became collectible. When you’re looking for enamel flower pins today, condition really counts. Look for pins without chips and make sure the pin itself locks securely.

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You can find these little beauties on Etsy and Ebay as well as at flea markets and antique fairs. They usually sell for around $10.00. Buy a few if you see them. They can quickly and easily dress up almost anything. Use your imagination and have fun!

Until next time,

Cami

 

 

 

 

Great mid century/Hollywood Regency Tag Sale

Hi Guys,

There is a great Tag sale this weekend in Franklin Lakes Nj.

Check it out here.

I will have all the details on this site . Take a look at the incredible Hollywood Regency small gold rope tables and Vanity seat. I have  the same vanity seat so beautiful in person. There is lots of midcentury outdoor furniture just waiting for someone to paint in gorgeous colors. Good  luck and have fun.

Cami

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Two Fantastic Finds!

Hi guys,

I found a few more amazing things on Craigslist…

Check out this wild pair of chairs!

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/fuo/d/awesome-recovered-mid-century/6383341132.html

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Apparently these chairs were recovered by an HGTV designer for the Rachael Ray Show.

The seller is asking $300 for both chairs and the table. What a deal!

I also found a great coffee table designed by Isamu Noguchi.

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/fuo/d/for-sale-vintage-mid-century/6355558165.html

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He was a Japanese American artist and landscape architect well known for his sculpture and public works. In the mid 20th century, he collaborated with the Herman Miller Company to produce an iconic line of furniture.

The seller of this coffee table is asking $900 or best offer. If it’s in your budget, grab it!

I’m always on the lookout for deals like these…so check back soon.

Thanks, Cami

Fantastic Find!

Wake up sleepy heads!
I just spotted a gorgeous Brutalist zodiac mirror on Craigslist NJ.

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/atq/d/mid-century-modern-brutalist/6342775838.html

Here’s a screen shot of the listing…

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They’re asking $400 or best offer. That is a STEAL! I’ve seen similar mirrors go as high as $1,700. And to really glam it up… add a little gold metallic paint on the zodiac figures.

Here’s a pic of mine…which I paid a lot more for!
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There’s lots more to come, so check back soon.

Happy hunting!

Cami

Tag Sale / Denville, NJ

 

20 Arden Road, Denville, NJ  07834

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Sorry this post is a little late, but the sale is still on!

Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th / 10:00am – 4:00pm

This awesome tag sale is in nearby Denville. Featuring Milo Baugman furniture and tons of other cool 1978-1980’s stuff. Check out these chairs…

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And what you see here is just some of what’s available. From lucite furniture to these cut velvet sofas. Unbelievable!

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This sale is worth the trip. Hopefully there’s some good stuff left…. if the dealers haven’t snapped it all up!

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Happy Shopping!

See you soon, Cami

Welcome

My name is Camille. My friends call me Cami. I live, breath and desire Mid Century Design. Over the years, I’ve owned and decorated many homes. My style hasn’t changed much. I’ve always thought mid century was cool (everyone else thought I was nuts) but I really started buying, collecting and obsessing in the 90’s.

Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I saw so many amazing things thatI just loved. Now I wish I had bought every single one.

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It’s tough looking back on all the deals I missed and all the beautiful pieces that slipped through my fingers. But that’s why I’m writing this blog. Nowadays, I rarely miss a good deal. And neither will you!

This blog is dedicated to helping anyone that loves mid century design find quality stuff at great prices. It will also be your style guide, offering fresh and funky ways to incorporate new pieces into your current design.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME:  My husband and I currently own an automated shade and custom drapery company. Way back when… before motorization  and automation took over the world, I was designing, hand-sewing and styling draperies everywhere from high-end Manhattan apartments, to  5-star hotels in Bermuda. I love bold, bright colors and my eye for blending one-of-a-kind pieces together is what guides me on my hunt for the best mid century finds.

WHERE YOU NEED TO GO NEXT!  One of my favorite stores for quality vintage pieces is Provisions in Midland Park NJ. It’s owned by Catherine and Michael… a  cute, super savvy couple who both have awesome taste. They carry a really wide range of stuff  (from vintage photographs to lamps to dishes to small and large furniture) for very reasonable prices.

I recently purchased a lamp from them that is drop dead mid century gorgeous. Check it out! IMG_4034

That’s all for now… but be sure to come back because every week I’ll be dishing out the latest and greatest in mid century style (think tag & estate sales, super steals & deals, hard to find collectibles, vintage artwork, design tips….and so much more!)

See you soon,
Cami