Mid-Century design is sort of like the skinny jeans of interior design. It’s a blast-from-the-past trend that has gone from having “a moment” to being an aesthetic mainstay for more than a decade. It’s not really any surprise why. Streamlined beauty, elemental forms, and functionality were hallmarks of Mid-Century design, qualities that make it both timeless and seamless in most interiors. Indeed, one could place a piece of teak Danish Modern design in a Venetian Palazzo or a Glass-Clad skyscraper circa now and it would look equally at home in each. All of that said, there is no denying the magic that happens when designs from the middle of the Twentieth Century are paired with architecture from the same time. Case in point: Carrie Waller’s 1962 A-Frame home in Waynesboro, Virginia.
Carrie, a features editor at Glitter Guide and the Creative Director behind Dream Green DIY, moved into this home two years ago with her husband and four pets. The A-Frame construction was built by its previous owners who lived in it for over fifty years. The second inhabitants of the space, Carrie and her husband were well aware of the unadulterated treasure they had just stumbled into, and were careful with all of their additions and designs as a result. “Because of the home’s mid-century roots, we consider the overall direction of each and every upgrade we make,” Carrie says. “Whether it’s a light fixture or a faucet, my husband and I always ask ourselves if the change will stay true to the retro character of our home.”
As with any home design project that takes place in the real world (read: with a budget), Carrie’s process of adapting the space to her family’s needs was an incremental journey. “We’ve had to settle on making additions and updates in small doses as budget allows,” Carrie continues. “The challenge of sticking so closely to a certain style has added a special layer to the process though, and we’ve learned a lot about the original Mid-Century designers and the architecture of the era, too. We appreciate it so much more now.” The designs that populate the space each speak to the home’s architecture, whether they be original vintage finds, replicas, or reverential homages to the Mid-Century era. Colorful, bright, and airy, it is optimistic Atomic Design at its best. Take a peek at the full space below!
“I honestly just feel like we were always meant to come home to this place,” Carrie Says. “The cards fell together just right after selling our previous townhouse and purchasing this house, and I couldn’t possibly be more thankful to be here. I remember the day we finally closed on the house and were given the keys. I unlocked the front door—my hair a mess, 3-day-old makeup on, wearing grubby moving clothes—and I just walked right up to the corner of the dining room and hugged the walls. I know it sounds cheesy, but I am truly thankful every single day that we get to call this house our home, and I can’t wait to make millions of memories here. The last family lived in the house for 55 years, so here’s to the NEXT 50!”