Joanna Gaines took to Instagram at the weekend to announce the twenty-year anniversary celebratory event for her home and lifestyle brand, Magnolia, alongside co-founder and husband Chip Gaines.
As to be expected with Gaines’s visually-led Instagram content, the background in the video is much like the rest of her social content: full of home decor ideas and inspiration.
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The room where the couple stands, shown above, looks to be a living room area, and the overall style very much nods to mid-century modern design. A style that’s seen a rise in popularity recently, with the likes of Emma Chamberlain’s LA home mastering the look, it’s a timeless style that celebrates the understated nature of design from the 1940s – '60s era, while elevating and upgrading with more modern pieces.
The sofa shown in the video is very typical of mid-century design: low to the ground with an angular wooden frame, and complete with rich, forest-green upholstery. Whilst the sofa feels very representative of last century's iconic design movement, we love the way that Gaines has uplifted the space with the addition of bold, modern pieces, most notably the coffee table.
Heather Humphrey, principal at interior design agency Alder and Tweed approves of Gaines's choice of furniture, explaining: 'This neutral living room blends modern pieces with traditional elements, creating a captivating juxtaposition that adds depth and character to the space.'
'The interplay between sleek contemporary lines and the timeless charm of the classic design evokes a sense of intrigue and sophistication, adding personality to the room.'
Designer Heather Humphrey founded Alder & Tweed Design Co. in 2010 with her brother Reed Humphrey. The firm creates curated luxury 'home away from home' experiences in the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
The marble coffee table, pictured in the video above, is a key trend piece this season, sculptural in form and to some extent a statement piece to center the living space around. Although bold and heavy, the addition of this piece offsets the sofa perfectly, ensuring the room doesn't feel dated or too traditional.
The addition of a houseplant, in Gaines’s case a fiddle-leaf fig, brings the outdoors in and uplifts the space thanks to its rich and bright green color. When designing a room in a mid-century style, making sure to bring in plants such as this ensures the space feels bright, in comparison with the heavy, dark-toned wood that's synonymous with the design era.
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Shown above is another example of the designer's interior styling and the use of lots of indoor greenery, this time one of the rooms in the married couple's 'The Castle' project.
Our top mid-century modern picks
Whether you’re a keen lover of mid-century furniture design, or instead just looking for some inspiration to upgrade your living space with a modern twist, we’ve got you covered. Shop the links below to elevate your home.
Ideal to brighten up your living space, this faux monstera plant needs no maintenance and so it will look continually fresh in your home.
Originally created by Gianfranco Frattini, this sofa has been reimagined for the modern home. Covered in a rich green velvet, the design is elegant and timeless for any living space.
The Liguria table is crafted from white marble, designed in a minimal yet bold style to add impact to your living space.
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Emily Moorman is a News Writer at Homes & Gardens, working across a range of topics spanning interiors, celebrity and emerging trends. With a background in the fashion industry, Emily is well-versed in the world of design and trend cycles. Her undergraduate degree was in Fashion Communication and Promotion which she studied at Norwich University of The Arts, specialising in writing and digital communications.
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