Decorating with Mid-Michigan Modern

A great resource for mid-century modern enthusiasts and history lovers is Susan Bandes’ 2016 book Mid-Michigan Modern: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie.

It’s a big beautiful coffee table book, chock full of photos and history of homes and buildings from around the greater Lansing area, built between 1940 to 1970. {It does not, however, feature Daisy Lane – insert super sad face.}

I thought it would be fun to create a room design around the cover of Bandes’ book… Here we go!

The Wayfair rug was the jumping off point for the room design. It replicates the the teal ground of the cover as well as having geometric lines and pops of color (houses on the book, squares on the rug). It also comes in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, including the kidney shape above.

Then, I added in the art — all of which is available from One Kings Lane. [Need a podcast to listen to? Check out Debbie Propst’s interview on the Business of Home wherein she talks about leaving OKL for Design Within Reach.]

Susan Bandes, the author of the book that inspired our design, was the director of the Kresge Museum at Michigan State University from 1986 to 2010 – so it feels especially appropriate that our design based on her book would include some great art.

The first piece is Dawn Wolfe’s candy color origami collage. It measures 40″ long by 32″ wide. Again, we have the teal ground punctuated with pops of color. Buy it here for $695 or learn more about the Northern California artist here.

Next is Judy Gigliotti’s photographic fine art print of a rowboat, shot from an eagle’s eye vantage point. It’s available in four sizes — the largest is 40″ long by 60.5″ wide for $595. The frame is also available in black. Purchase it here or follow her on Instagram here.

Finally, there is the neon-framed Quadrilaterals abstract art by Linda Colletta. It is available in three sizes — the largest (I like big art, I cannot lie!) is 30″ long by 23″ wide and costs $525. Buy it here or visit the Connecticut artist’s website here.

All together, one more time…

With just a rug and some fresh art, you can totally redecorate a room. Do you want some help making choices to re-make your room? Get in touch. 🙂

Published by eastlansinghome

Carrie Sampson is a longtime resident of East Lansing, Michigan. She has worked in nonprofit communications for over 20 years and in the last decade has become increasingly interested in interior design and issues related to the built environment. Carrie has served as a commissioner on the East Lansing Historic District Commission since 2018. She has written the Eye Candy and Eye for Design columns in the Lansing City Pulse since 2019. To learn more or to work with her, send an email to mrscarrsamp AT gmail DOT com.

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