Friday, July 20, 2012

sweet (mid-century) dreams

I have not always been a fan of Modern architecture, but I have always admired the clean lines of D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. While some bemoan the theater house's design as merely a marble box surrounded by spindly gold columns, I like how the sinewy structure mirrors the Lincoln Memorial, its hulking Neoclassical neighbor downriver. To view them both illuminated at night, from the Virginia side of the Potomac, is breathtaking. While very different, the buildings compliment each other very well.

credit: DwellStudio
That said, now that I have baby on the brain it's no surprise I fell for the linear lines of this Mid-Century crib by Dwell Studio. The 1950s silhouette, rounded rails, x-frame support, tapered legs--this crib is sure to bring a vintage feel to our nursery, which is nestled in the middle of our rather traditional house.

Lucky for us, Jon's grandmother has an eye for quality design and elegant decor. (She's not called the Silver Fox for nothing; you have to earn a title like that.) As her gift to the next generation of the Adler bloodline, she bought us the crib and I'm thrilled to report it will be delivered next week. We selected the French White finish--which will really pop against the deep chocolate-colored walls of the room--and ordered the optional toddler gate for when we transition our tike into to a toddler bed. And, at less than 55 inches long, the crib won't overwhelm our very small nursery.

We'll have to be patient and wait to set everything up, as we first have to get rid of the extra furniture that lives in the room now, as well as transition our built-in desk into a changing table and dressing unit. (No worries: I'll share my ideas on that later.) Admittedly, just the thought of setting up this mod nursery makes me want to shake up a celebratory dirty martini a la Don Draper (perhaps while wearing something fabulous and chevron, like Megan). Do you think it sends the wrong message to also place a Hollywood Regency-style table topped with vintage bar ware next to the baby's rocking chair? Don't think I'm not tempted ;)