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The Most Popular Mid-Century Modern Fireplace Style April 03 2019

Mid-century modern style may have originated in the 1940s and 50s, but this home décor trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. With serious staying power that’s earned it a place among the most beloved design eras in history, mid-century modern style has become increasingly popular in recent years. Whether you spruce up your space with a small touch or generous dose of mid-century décor, the style’s signature clean lines, minimalistic look, and ultra-modern vibes can take any room from blah to beautiful. Mid-Century Modern Fireplaces: A Unique Style Statement A mid-century modern fireplace is an ideal option for homeowners looking...


How to Decorate Mid-Century Modern on a Budget? March 21 2019

Mid-century modern design is a throwback trend dating back to the mid-20th century, a time when designers were taking risks and incorporating textures, materials, geometric shapes, and other elements in new ways. Today, you can find mid-century modern pieces in plenty of furniture stores selling both vintage finds and new products. From mid-century coffee tables and credenzas to stylish accent pieces, there are so many ways to inject a bit of mid-century modern style into any space. However, the popularity of this trend and the collectability of vintage mid-century modern pieces can often come with high price tags that can...


What is Mid-Century Modern Furniture? February 18 2019

If you’ve spent any time browsing the latest top interior design trends, odds are you’ve come across mid-century home décor. Mid-century modern style has taken the interior design world by storm, finding its way into top design publications, inspiring new décor designs, and making itself at home in an array of stylish spaces. But where did this seemingly trendy design style come from, and how did it become so popular? We’re breaking down everything you want to know about mid-century modern design, including its history, signature elements, and more. What are the Origins of Mid-Century Interior Design? The phrase “mid-century”...


Vintage Furniture Guide for the New Year January 11 2019

The new year often inspires a fresh start where resolutions and life changes abound. Décor is a wonderful place to institute some transformations. As you head into the next chapter of your life, consider how vintage furniture and interior design can add a touch of personality to your style, while creating a charm that stands the test of time. What Defines Vintage? The term vintage was not always used to describe fashion or design style. In fact, its origin relates directly to wine. When the word was paired with a particular year, it referred to the time when the grapes...


Give The Gift of Vintage This Holiday Season November 26 2018

With the holiday season in full swing, you probably have gift shopping at the forefront of your mind. Perhaps last year you spent every winter weekend rushing around to countless different big box stores, searching for the ubiquitous “perfect gifts” for your family, friends and colleagues. Like many people, you may have found yourself nearly empty-handed and down to the wire, defeated by the crowds and masses of cookie-cutter gifts. Dejected, you might have gathered up a collection of fuzzy socks, candy canes, and random odds and ends and called it a day. But this year, your gift-giving experience can...


Vintage Patio Furniture for the Fall in California November 12 2018

Ask any California resident about the best part of living in the Golden State, and the odds are that you’ll hear something about our unparalleled weather. Sunny skies and mild temperatures year-round make for the perfect conditions to enjoy the outdoors, whether you’re getting out of the house or just relaxing in your outdoor space at home. The fall season in California is especially beautiful, with just the right touch of chill in the air for a cozy outdoor gathering. To make the most of your California autumn, you should have a comfortable, stylish outdoor space filled with pieces you...


How to Prevent Cracks in Terracotta Pots September 24 2018

Terracotta planters are a classic example of vintage outdoor pottery that will never go out of style. The brick red clay pots run the gamut from massive planters that are large enough to fit fruit or nut trees to tiny ones you can hold in the palm of your hand. Whether your style is a throwback to years past or modern and quirky, terracotta planters can add a wonderful touch to your outdoor space. Though terracotta is a beloved part of timeless garden décor, many people don’t realize how important it is to know how to protect clay pots. Terracotta...


How To Decorate A Room With Vintage Furniture September 20 2018

Are you looking to add a little style and class to your living space? Decorating with mid-century furniture and vintage accents can help make that dream a reality. This style has plenty of sleek lines, beautiful shapes, and statement-making pieces. Most noticeably in the past two years, mid-century furniture has been appearing in mainstream furniture stores. This is good news for those who love vintage furniture because this trend doesn’t seem to be leaving any time soon. So how do you incorporate this vintage style in your home while keeping in mind that you are living in the twenty-first century?...


Tips for Buying Outdoor Patio Furniture September 11 2018

Buying Outdoor Patio Furniture The fall season is upon us, and that means getting ready for dinners on the patio, family gatherings and holidays. In recent years, the patio has transformed from a simple, bland space with just a few folding chairs to a stylish extension of your home that deserves to be treated like any other room. And just like the rest of your home, your patio needs a little refresher for the fall season. Whether you’re working with a brand new outdoor space and need to furnish it top to bottom, or you’re just looking for a few...


Awesome Vintage Furniture Design Ideas for California Beach Homes September 09 2018

Southern California’s rich history provides tons of inspiration for vintage surf styles. Some are classic and simple, and others artistic and refreshingly eccentric. It is the ideal recipe for coastal decor: a mixture of relaxation, design freedom, and personal expression with a stunning backdrop to match. Whether your inner drum beats to the sound of the Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin or Duran Duran, striking pieces from Urban Americana give your beach home the perfect atmosphere. Check out these awesome beach home furnishings possibilities using our vintage masterpieces: Bold Colors There is no reason to hold back when decorating your living...


A Beginner's Mini Guide to Buying Vintage April 13 2018

Adding vintage pieces to your home decor can be a great way to draw the eye and accent your modern furniture designs. Classic furniture pieces reflect elegance, personal style, and a sense of history, especially when juxtaposed tastefully with contemporary pieces. When it comes to vintage furniture in Long Beach, Urban Americana is the place to start, whether shopping in person or buying antiques online. Overall, there is much to learn about the world of antiques, but this simple guide will get you started if you are itching to go on your first antiquing spree.   Credenzas and Dressers Credenzas...


10 Tips for Buying Vintage Furniture April 10 2018

Buying vintage furniture can be a fun and interesting way to furnish your home or decorate an office. There are tons of people around claiming to have vintage furniture pieces without understanding what makes a particular piece valuable or not. That's why you need to know exactly what you're looking at before you buy. Here are ten tips for choosing some really great vintage furniture: 1) Find a Trusted Broker - There are companies who specialize in vintage furniture. Oftentimes they take vintage pieces on consignment or they take them and restore them before putting them up for sale. They...


Introducing 2018 Interior Design Trends January 23 2018

In the ever-evolving world of interior design, updating your home to incorporate the latest trends is an excellent way to keep your living environment fresh and new. To get you ready for 2018, our design team at Urban Americana has put together a guide to the most prominent interior design trends that will be coming your way in the next year. Geometric Patterns Add some geometric flair to your home in the form of a geometric-patterned rug, or go for a small dose with a throw pillow. Because there are countless varieties of geometric patterns, the possibilities are endless!  ...


A Look At 6 Interior Design Trends for 2018 January 09 2018

The most wonderful thing about vintage styles and decor is that they only become more obscure. There are creative ways to implement classic stylings into your home while staying on trend with the changing home decor climate. The coming year brings hints of retro color pairings and vintage artistry. Here are six home decor trends that are absolutely achievable with a little help from your friends at Urban Americana. Green and Gold With Pantone’s color of the year being green and predictions of an iridescent wave hitting homes across the country, we are excited to see the green and gold...


An Expert Guide to Buying Vintage Midcentury-Modern Furniture September 01 2017

Mid-century modern furniture is back in vogue and a number of replicas have popped up on the market. In order to create a true mid-century modern look, you need to study the unique characteristics that have made this genre of furniture so popular. Here are a few of the highlights to look for when buying mid-century furniture.  Exaggerated Colors and Lines Mid-century modern furniture stores in Long Beach are full of chairs and other furniture that exemplify the unique color combinations typical of the period. Designers often combine bright primary colors with sharp body lines to create a more eccentric look. The...


Vintage Style July 20 2017

What does Vintage Style refer to? In the world of interior design and decor, the term “Vintage Style” refers to a mixing of reclaimed or repurposed items with more recent décor to create one’s own style. Vintage items often represent the era to which they belong or were made. In essence, what is old is new again and it is a great way to be good to the environment! Vintage is a much broader term use then Antique. While an Antique is an item (furniture, décor, clothing, etc.) that is over 100 years old.  Vintage refers to items that are 20 years...


What Qualifies Furniture to be Vintage? June 13 2017

What is old, is new again!    Vintage furniture, especially what is considered Mid Century Modern, is a hot trend in home decor and interior design. But what qualifies a piece to be vintage?  It is a term that is loosely used to describe a previously owned piece of furniture; however for a piece to be considered “VINTAGE”  it must be between 30 to 100 years old.  Furniture that is at least 100 years old is classified as “ANTIQUE”.   Any piece that is circa 1990's to present is just simply used furniture.  We love this Mid Century Vintage Vignette...


Five Reasons to Invest in Vintage Home Decor June 06 2017

Investing in Vintage Furniture Vintage home decor is making a comeback, and some pieces actually have hidden value, making them a solid investment if you ever decide to redecorate. Here are the top five reasons investing in vintage home decor is worth the money! It's Timeless The elegant style of mid-century furniture continues to make great statement pieces in any room. People all over the world seek inspiration from these styles today. When you pick up a classic piece from antique stores in Long Beach, CA, you know it will continue to live on as an icon.     It's One...


Focus on French Style May 18 2017

There are many furniture styles under the “French” moniker. The antique furniture styles are usually associated with the reigning monarch of that time period. These styles include:  LOUIS XIII (1610-1643) cartouches, gold gilding, nail head accents; LOUIS XIV (1643-1716) think Versailles, very Baroque and symmetrical using a variety of wood & marquetry; REGENCE (Regency) (1715-1723) change from Baroque to Rococo; LOUIS XV (1723-1774) Rococo, very artistic and curvy, lighter color palette, sculptures, natural elements such as shells, flowers, ornate vases, cabriole legs & metal  accents; LOUIS XVI (1774-1792) elegant and understated, straight lines with fluted legs, Neo-classical style with back...


The Elements of Mid-Century Modern Design April 27 2017

Elements of Mid Century Modern Design Mid-century modern design is an era of home design typified by the late 1950s and early 1960s. It was the time following World War II when many families were finally recovering from the shaky economy of the generation before. It was also an era during which many homeowners wanted to reconnect with nature, adding large, sweeping windows throughout their homes and using natural materials in modern ways to bring both rustic and futuristic looks together.  Unusual Shapes as Art During the mid-century modern era, it became common for designers to highlight asymmetrical shapes and more...


Brown Jordan - The Innovator of Outdoor Living and Leisure April 09 2017

Brown Jordan For 70 years Brown Jordan has been bringing style and innovate design to outdoor living. Naturally, the first company to design furniture for outdoor use was founded in sunny Southern California.  Robert Brown and Hubert Jordan established Brown Jordan in Pasadena, Ca during the heart of the Mid Century Modern movement in 1945. The idea was to provide furniture that could be used outdoors, year round, a concept that was unheard. Brown Jordan introduced the Kantan Lounge Chair in 1956 The mild weather of Los Angeles helped to inspiring designers and architects like Charles Eames, Richard Neutra, Edward Durell Stone...


Five Remarkable Furniture Designers From the 1900s March 13 2017

5 Iconic Furniture Designers The 1900s were a time of expansive creativity and unparalleled opportunity for furniture designers around the world. That's why we have compiled this list of five of the most legendary furniture designers who have forever changed the course of interior decor.  Hans Wegner Hans J. Wegner was a Danish designer who had a profound impact on the look and feel of chairs. Beginning in the 1940s and extending across the next several decades, Wegner's simple, stylish influence can still be found throughout many modern furniture pieces. Greta Grossman Greta Grossman began her journey in Sweden during the 1930s,...


Restoration with Brett Waterman March 11 2017

We are in the business of selling furniture and goods with a past here at Urban Americana.  It is our passion. There is something romantic about honoring the history that comes with buying and collecting antique and vintage items.  Our goal is to keep the history of each piece alive.  That is exactly what Brett Waterman does with the homes he restores.  Brett is a preservationist specializing in restoring historical homes by peeling back decades of questionable design decisions and restoring living spaces to their original glory. We were lucky to have Brett Waterman stop by our store recently with...


Hans Wegner: The Iconic Designer February 02 2017

HANS WAGNER The name Hans Wegner has become an important chapter of Danish design and history. Wegner introduced his first furniture designs in the early 1940s, focusing especially on chairs. His work featured natural woods and simple, neutral colors. Over the next few decades, Wegner won several design awards from around the world for his work. Today, his work continues to appear in classic room designs everywhere. After his death in 2007 at the age of 92, a growing number of designers have come to recognize his vintage pieces as valuable and important parts of the Danish aesthetic.  Due to...