July 14, 2024

Friorida Home Design

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Joanna Gaines’ living room is a masterclass in ‘updated’ mid-century modern style |

3 min read

The style tag ‘mid-century modern’ is now ubiquitous, loosely describing simple, functional furniture with organic or geometric shapes, made from around 1940 to 1960. The term was popularised in the US after the publication in 1984 of Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s by art historian Care Greenberg. However, everyone is once again talking about mid-century modern design. 

During this period of rapid change, homes were all of a sudden more expensive and less spacious. People wanted a fresh aesthetic but didn’t always have large budgets. A sense of flexibility and a yearning for a new way of life was in the air. No, we’re not talking about the mood of the past few years, but of the 1950s, when the mid-century modern style was first created as an answer to the zeitgeist. And with so many clear similarities in the collective consciousness, it’s no surprise that pieces from that era feel exactly right for now, and it is perhaps also unsurprising that design duo Chip and Joanna Gaines have chosen the mid-century modern decor trend for their latest project ‘The Lake House’.

The highly-anticipated Lake House renovation is a mid-century modern one-off, designed by the dream team behind Magnolia, the Gaineses have given this popular interior design trend an updated feel – beautifully reimagined for its Texan location. With its peaceful palette and carefully curated collection of antiques and modernist pieces, this handsome, mid-century modern living room is a balm for the soul.

Joanna Gaines' mid-century Lake House living room

(Image credit: Courtesy of Magnolia Network)

For Joanna Gaines, it was important to honor the original 1965 bones of the home. It just so happens that the original homeowners sought to blend mid-century modern style with Spanish Revival – two of the Gaineses’ favorite trends. The key, Gaines decided, was removing its circa-1990s renovations and starting completely from scratch. 


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