Here is a list of my favourite blogs with a mid century modern theme and bloggers who’s style and homes I admire.
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Retro Renovation – This site is daddy of all things mid-century Americana. You can geek out on all the small details about home design from back in the day and lose hours on this site (I do anyway!) It has great house tours, kitchens tours (dreamy metal cabinets!) and even made me appreciate the beauty of pink bathrooms and coloured bathroom suites! No Pattern Required – More of the same goodness. Mid Century Home – Has some gorgeous homes from the period. Deedee 9:14 – Eye candy. Little Owl Ski – I am always pleased to see this blog pop up in my reader Feedly.
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Mid2Mod – Has informative posts about various designers from the period. Obsessilicious – More eye candy interiors. Modern Findings – Droll worthy. Betty Crafter – I love this lady’s home and I often get the green eye with her charity thrift shop finds! WowHaus – Great links to 20th century architectural gems. The Rightmove/Zoopla for those with great taste and deep pockets. Bungalow Journal – Sadly not often updated, but this couple have amazing taste and an amazing home (and former home)! Design Attractor – Lovely interiors mainly of the mid century variety. Mid Century Mania – A personal blog with a mid century twist.
Mid-Century Midwest – A blog by a bloke in Midwest America who has great taste. Gonked, Glooked and Slurped – What a great blog name eh! A more 60’s mod twist on things and all the better for it! Made-Good – A British MCM blog from a shop selling MCM goodies Whorange – I love this design blog with a MCM twist. Interior Photos – OK, not strictly a mid century interiors blog, but still some great eye candy interiors mainly of the Scandinavian variety. Because no one paints a room white as well as the Scandinavians. Door Sixteen – I love Anna’s homes, this lady has impeccable taste. Manhattan Nest – The most stylish student home in New York, nay the world. The Brick House – This lady is a thrifting genius!
Around this time last year I spotted one of these ↓ in a charity shop for £2.50, but I did not buy it.
Image from surely_sarah’s flickr stream
It was the wrong side of payday, I had recently changed jobs and I was trying to get used to my new smaller budget. So I was just buying essentials only, with no treats or splurges. Plus I had no change in my purse.
Also, I was unsure about the yellow. Why? I love yellow! Although I am not so keen on the colour lemon, and it looked too Christmassy for my liking – bah humbug!
Turns out its a quite hard to find, early piece of Pyrex. It was probably a once in a life chance of me finding some decent Pyrex, at a decent price in a local chazza.
What a dumb-ass! I cant believe I let this one slip through my fingers! I still think about it occasionally, and really regret my decision to leave it behind nearly a year on!
Sometimes with vintage bits and bobs, its the things that don’t necessarily have the initial wow factor that end up growing on you the most. So basically the moral of the story is don’t do what I did folks – just buy whatever you are eyeing up! The money goes to a good cause, and you can always donate it back if you don’t want it later down the line. That’s a good deed from you and a double win for the charity shop!
Well scrap that, I want one of these babies instead! A pink retro stove! Holy moly!
OK back to reality now, this is only available in America, costs over $4K before shipping, and is gas (I prefer cooking with electric, gas scares me!) and probably a larger oven than I would ever need. But when something is this pretty, you can forgive its flaws!
So when can you call a recipe your own? I used this recipe here, but I changed one of the ingredients and added another. I had a load of brown bananas to use up, but I wanted to bake something with chocolate chips in it, which resulted in my slight changes.
Who knew that white chocolate and banana compliment each other so well? I’m sure plenty of people have made this combination before me, and I know I will definitely be making this again!
285g/10oz plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
110g/4oz butter, plus extra for greasing
225g/8oz caster sugar
2 free-range eggs (I used 1 medium, 1 large)
4 ripe bananas
85ml/3fl oz Plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 bag white chocolate chips minus a few I munched on
Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy in your mixer.
Add the eggs, broken up bananas, yogurt and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture and mix well.
Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda into the mixer and mix up. Add choc chips and mix a little more.
Pour the cake mixture into a lined loaf tin. Do not do what I did and go against your baking instincts, and over fill your baking tin with the mix. Bake some cupcakes with the leftover cake batter. I just hate wasting food, so poured the whole lot in, so my cake bubbled over the tin and now I really do need to clean my oven!
Bake in a preheated oven at 180º for around 1 hour or till done.
Remove from the oven and cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before serving.
Gheeze Louise, banana bread is really hard to photograph, its not the most attractive of cakes, its not a photogenic looker like a rainbow cake or ombre cakes that’s for sure!
But what it lacks in the peacock of cakes department, it makes up for in taste! This was melt in the mouth moist, and the white chocolate chips were perfect sweet lumps of tastiness.