Beat the Monday Blues

Beat the Monday blues by checking out something or someone we love. Here at Your Vintage Life, we feel it is important to share great finds with you all as well as support local business.

So this Monday, I introduce to you to a new magazine called Midcentury: The Guide to Modern Retro.

It is a bi-annual magazine all about retro  homewares and furniture. Anyone that has seen my house will know myself and especially Mr YVL absolutely love retro furnishings. But to have them all in your home can sometimes make your style look a bit “novelty”. There is definitely a fine art to creating a retro home that doesn’t look like you are stuck in a time warp.

Now this is where this magazine can really help. Issue 2 arrived today and is packed full of inspiring looks and homes.

The cover is simply beautiful…a patchwork winged back swivel chair. Now I wish ours were this colourful! We have 2 black vinyl ones that were bought in 1968 by Mr YVLs grandma. I love them but sometimes feel they are a bit masculine…maybe I could patchwork them up like this cover!

Like other magazines Midcentury features real homes. I totally love the first one featured…a 1968 home built by Cherill Scheer and her husband. Cherill is only the granddaughter of the founder of Hille…”pioneers of modern furniture manufacture in the 1950s and 60s”.

I  especially love their bedroom with the blast of zingy colour in the curtains and pictures. Tabitha Teuma captures the spirt of the couple and their home brilliantly.

There is also a 3 page article all about Hille furniture written by Emma Roper-Evans and Tabitha Teuma.

My favourite piece of the whole magazine is called High Street Heroes by Jo-ann Fortune. It’s all about 1950s brands which have lasted the test of time. St Michaels, Habitat, Heals and even Woolworths are featured. Anyone that knows me will see that this is right up my (high) street….20 years in retail and now with Your Vintage Life…I have a passion for branding and this sweet wrapper from M&S sums up retro style.

I suggest you all subscribe to this mag…2 issues a year will only cost you £6.95..bargain! Check them out at

Other articles that will interest…..

Charlotte Luxford reveals the “man behind Tintin”

A buyers guide to Borge Mogensen sofas written by David Tatham

60s technology by David P Christopher (I LOVE this wallpaper!)

Mark Hill writes about the work of George Nakashima

Another great home…actually you can stay there! The Garden House Studio is simply gorgeous!


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  1. Charlotte Luxford
    22 November 2011 / 9:09 pm

    I’m glad you like the magazine and thanks for mentioning my article too! Tabitha does a great job and I really enjoy writing for the magazine.
    Charlotte Luxford

  2. 7 December 2011 / 3:48 pm

    Nice furniture in that magazine!

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