Sami Wall

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Sami Wall

Applying her keen ability to mix vintage with new pieces, and drawing inspiration from the world around her, Interior designer Sami Wall creates unique and inviting spaces that reflect a fine balance of sophistication and whimsy.

Mid Mod Mood Board: Holiday Table Inspired by Mad Men

Posted by Sami Wall Thursday, November 8, 2012 2:30 PM EST


Holiday Decor AnchorDon Draper’s Apartment from Mad Men S05, via The Coolist.


The holidays are just around the corner. For those of you who would like to create a mid mod–inspired table setting or holiday party, who better to take your cues from than the recent King and Queen of the ’50s and ’60s, Don and Megan Draper from the TV show Mad Men?


The Drapers’s kitchen and dining space is warm and extremely daring when it comes to colour. Uninhibited, it sets a perfect tone for a winter-time get-together where people can drink scotch, listen to records and idealize the future over some decadent rack of lamb and fondue. Creating this ambiance in your home starts with the furniture and dishware and is completed by all the little details that coalesce to create a great night: classic music, home-cooked food and bottomless drinks.


Holiday Decor Look


A teak or rosewood Danish modern dining table and chairs are the epitome of this era. There is definitely freedom when it comes to mixing and matching the side chairs and end chairs. Vintage Dansk cookware and colorful glassware are must-haves, providing warmth and colour to your kitchen and dining table.


You can add a splash of sparkle to the room to achieve that holiday flare by hanging some metallic garlands in your space, such as these super-creative creations by Confetti System. Lucky us; you can purchase select products by Confetti System at West Elm! Or, if you are a DIY’er, you can create your own sparkly decorations.


As far as centerpieces go, keep it simple and fun with some small gold vintage sculptures, such as these festive reindeer. Hunt around at your local Salvation Army or thrift store for a fun and quirky mix of golden figurines.


Holiday Decor Mood Board

1. Artistic confetti, ConfettiSystem

2. ConfettiSystem Ornaments, via West Elm

3. Vintage ‘Diplomat’ Chairs, Fullhouse

4. Vintage Woodland Brass Mid Century Modern Deer Reindeer Buck and Doe, via Etsy

5. Marimekko Sukat Makkaralla Turquoise Footed Bowl, Crate & Barrel

6. Johannes Andersen (attrib) Uldum MØbelfabrik Teak Dining Table, Scandinavian Modern

7. Hans Wegner CH29 Carl Hansen & SØn Oak Dining Chairs, Scandinavian Modern

8. Celestial Coaster Set, Anthropologie
(Celestial coasters as pictured in “Look,” via Blogspot)

9. Jonathan Adler Lacquer Block Cocktail Table, The Modern Shop

10. Frank Sinatra Jolly Christmas LP — or, any vintage ’50s/’60s holiday album will do!

11. Jensen Wood Turntable, Urban Outfitters

12. Knobby Juice Glass, Anthropologie

13. Marimekko Siirtolapuutarha Bowl, Crate & Barrel

14: Vintage Retro Mid-Century Dansk Enamel Ware Bowl, Kobenstyle Dutch Oven, via eBay
(Dansk Enamel Ware Bowls as pictured in “Look,” via Pinterest)


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Topics: Entertaining 101, Mid-Century Modern, Retro, Tablescape, Vintage, Party, Glassware, Teak, Blue, Red, Orange, Gold


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