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?




Yesterday I shared Baby Boy’s Big Boy Dresser with you.  I tried to bait you by letting you know that I had other pieces to the set that are available for purchase.  Did it work?  Are you back to check them out??!

The pieces are all part of Kent Coffey’s Foreteller collection.  The exact color is called “Tawney Walnut” – isn’t that poetic?  Not just walnut, oh no.  Tawney walnut!  All of the pieces are in really great condition.

Kent Coffey Foreteller Dresser

The nine drawer long dresser measures 64″l x 20″d x 31.5″h.  It is in great condition.  There is minor (age and use appropriate) surface wear to the top.  It has a coordinating mirror that just wouldn’t photograph well.  If you’re interested I can send you the pics I have.  The mirror comes on legs that slide into brackets on the back of the dresser.

Kent Coffey Foreteller Nightstand Kent Coffey Foreteller Nightstand Front

The nightstand measures 23″w x 14.5″d x 24″h.  I love the curved sides!

Kent Coffey Twin Headboard

The bed comes with a headboard (pictured) and metal rails (similar color to match the wood).  It also has a small foot board (only 14″h).  The headboard measures 42.5″w x 35″h.

One of the great things about these mid century long dressers is that they are so versatile.  They can be used as a dresser, a credenza, a sideboard/server, a TV stand – the possibilities are endless!  Here’s some inspiration:


Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy



Martha Stewart

These new pieces are available in the Pursuing Vintage Shop under Misc Furniture.







This weekend I picked up this fun Chinese Chippendale headboard.  The lines are amazing, but the paint on the rattan is in need of some attention.  So, I thought to myself, why not try to refinish this myself?  Usually I try to suggest ideas on how things could look refinished, but this project was just calling to me.  Maybe it’s just a way to procrastinate the housework that needs to be done…

Rattan Chippendale Headboard Before

Here is a photo of the headboard “before”.  Uneven paint.  Needs some ooomph.

Rattan Chippendale Headboard Closeup

With some sanding and Zinsser’s Cover Stain….

Headboard Makeover Materials 1

We get this:

Rattan Chippendale Headboard Primer

I know, you can’t really tell that anything changed in these photos… but it does look better with the primer!  I swear!

Sooooo…. My question to you is: what color?

I haven’t bought a color yet.  I was thinking white or black.  But maybe another color would be more fun.  What do you think?

If all goes well, it will be available in the Pursuing Vintage SHOP.  So pick a color you’d want!

(By the way – the headboard measures 59″ across.  So, I think its a queen size… unless you want a little extra room room on the sides, then it’s a full size.)