We Still Love Lucy

I Love Lucy re-runs are the television equivalent of a hug. Whenever you are lucky enough to catch an episode, you can’t help but feel comforted and happy.

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Though, as time goes by, we feel more and more sympathy for poor Ethel Mertz. They owned an Upper East Side apartment building, yet she had to put up with Fred’s tightwad misery and occasional jabs about her frumpiness. Sigh. The Mid Century Design craze might just owe its renaissance to a generation that grew up on the nostalgia from the 1950’s. Starting off with French Provincial and then Chinese Modern which turned into the later sleek industrial techie design of Post Modern sleekness.

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For instance, in early episodes you see their first apartment, which had a tiny kitchen with darling little details (like the ruffles on the cabinets — though imagine the dust they’d collect!). In later years, they moved to slightly bigger digs, with room for a full table.

Vintage and Main I Love Lucy Inspiration Kitchen and DiningRetro Casserole Dish // Vintage Ice Bucket Caddy
Vintage Apron // Mid Century Cake Carrier

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The bedroom was super 50’s super fabulous. Twin beds (hmm…?) and those crazy daisies growing on the walls. We seldom saw the Mertz apartment, when we did it was kitsch and cozy but not as hip as the Ricardo’s!

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Today MCM design is everywhere from authentic vintage sellers to mass produced reproductions. Goodwill thrifts and flea markets in Paris sell a variety of grooviness; you can find great bargains or high ticket items in styles that span space age industrial to kitsch.

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If you’re like me and not a purist the sensibility of clean line industrial design is a cool accent to your daily life but not its entire reality. There are many groovy accent pieces and even some rather fancy sterling silver pieces.  And then there is the lighting, which is this style magpie’s favorite.

Vintage and Main I Love Lucy Inspiration Lighting and DecorMid Century Amorphic Lamp
Bernard Buffet Lithograph // Mod Flower Lamp Shade

The hunt is on and to the savvy collector with a discerning eye and a nose the deal goes the MCM prize.

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Written by: Gentlemanly Pursuits
Sebastian Araujo is a decadent sort of chap who lives with one foot in the past and the other in a dream of the past. A penchant for silk cravats and omelets in gay olde Paree. Living in Hemlock House, a hand built log house set into a deep forest in the lush countryside of Northern Vermont after escaping from the rat race of NYC, he spends his days dreaming of beauty and magic while waiting for the corn to grow and the fairies to whisper as they flutter around the flowerbeds. He seldom follows the weekly news.
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Sebastian Araujo is a decadent sort of chap who lives with one foot in the past and the other in a dream of the past. A penchant for silk cravats and omelets in gay olde Paree. Living in Hemlock House, a hand built log house set into a deep forest in the lush countryside of Northern Vermont after escaping from the rat race of NYC, he spends his days dreaming of beauty and magic while waiting for the corn to grow and the fairies to whisper as they flutter around the flowerbeds. He seldom follows the weekly news.

14 Replies to “We Still Love Lucy”

  1. Thanks for the memories, Sebastian. I Loved Lucy so it was fun to go back and see that iconic set with all that now trendy 50s stuff!
    Great piece.

  2. What a delightful read!
    I’ll have to get out my fur coat the next time I’m cleaning 🙂
    And little did I know that we have Lucy’s coffee table in our eclectic living room … or one of the same style and era with drop leaf sides and flared legs capped with metal claw feet. What fun!
    Once again Sebastian, thank you for an insightful and fun post!

  3. Oh I wish I could watch Lucy. What a great read and the photos are a treat; You captivate me with your writing style!

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