I’m sure you’ve seen that West Elm (among other stores) is making mid century reproduction furniture.  Part of me thinks why not?  And part of me hates it.  To me, it’s an easy way out, and not authentic.  Just open the catalog, pick out the pieces you need, place your order and… voila!  It’s delivered, and there you have it.  A mid century look.  I get that there are benefits to new furniture – (the ease of ordering and delivery, plus there are no condition issues).  But does it have the character?  Does it have the quality?  Does it have the authenticity?

West Elm

I give West Elm credit – the room looks awesome.  It’s fresh and inviting.  The lines are clean, there is a lot of interest in the room.  But can’t you do the same thing with the real thing(s)?

Check out how people have used vintage mid century bedroom furniture in their room designs:

Young House Love

I like this nightstand paired with the white four-poster bed.  The furniture does NOT need to match!

Oh Lovely Home

Here’s a vintage nightstand paired with a metal bed.  This has a more traditional look.


This mid century bed with the white side tables and vintage art has a “retro” feel.

Aspire Metro

You don’t even need a headboard!  The brick wall is interesting and really highlights the nightstands.

Style at Home

I just love this room with the matching twin beds and gallery wall.

I was prompted to explore this topic today because I have a few additions to the Pursuing Vintage Shop:

Vintage Broyhill Headboard


Vintage Broyhill Footboard Bed

Here is a vintage Broyhill full/double size bed.  It measures 55.5″ long and 37″ tall (the foot board is only 13″ tall).

Vintage Broyhill Nightstands

These vintage Broyhill nightstands are an adorable and practical size at 24″ tall, 18″ wide, and 14″ deep.  One has a bit more surface wear than the other.

So what do you think?  Are you in favor of the reproductions or are you a vintage snob like me?




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