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Letter from the Editor Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Kathryn Severns Avery Design and Layout Hallie Davis Contributors Kathryn Severns Avery Sandra Corrigan Special Projects Manager Robert Sawyer How to contact us: My Life with Style Community Lifestyle Publishing 787 Kendall Court Lakewood, CO 80214 (303) 725-2301 Copyright ©2012 Community Lifestyle Publishing All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher. Unauthorized commercial use of this publication is strictly prohibited. Cover photo by John Robinson .

For Baby Boomers, Mid-Century Modern isn’t something new. It’s a walk down memory lane. This decorating and architecture style, popular in the 50’s and 60’s, is what we grew up with for better or for worse. When I attended the Modernism Show in Denver recently, I cringed as I saw row after row of furniture and accessories for sale at hefty prices. My family threw out the same items decades ago because we considered them outdated. Today, Mid-Century Modern is back as an architectural and decorating style with contemporary rather than mid-century overtones. Architects, designers, and manufacturers are blending classic designs from the 50’s and 60’s with modern materials that make their offerings comfortable, endearing, and enduring. While you may not want to re-do your entire house in this style, try incorporating a piece or two as an accent. Or add bold wall colors or fabrics with geometric shapes to shake things up a bit. While I hope I never again see Harvest Gold or Avocado colored appliances, as a designer I look forward to rediscovering the oldies but goodies of my past.

Kathryn Severns Avery

Kathryn Severns Avery, 1962

What’s Inside . . . Fall 2012 Styles and Trends


Fabulous Finds


Mid-Century Marvels


Lessons Learned from 60’s TV Moms


DIY - Paper Cup Pendant Light Shade


Retro Cocktails and Appetizers


Styles Trends


Ever ything Old is New Again

No, you’re not having a flashback to 1964. The fabrics, patterns, colors, and styles you’re seeing in home décor and design trends are simply the design cycle at work. Styles and trends repeat approximately every 40 years. When trend cycles intersect with recent events, like the London Olympics, who can blame designers for recreating the British Invasion with Union Jack rugs, Twiggy and Beatles wall art, lava lamps, and ball chairs? Color repeats in predictable cycles, too. The colors seen in fall fashions will show up in next spring’s home décor. Designer Philip Gorrivan shares his home furnishing favorites from the Summer 2012 Las Vegas Market.

Design trends to watch for in 2013 . . .



Diamonds, Bargello prints, atomic amoebas, chain link

Think ‘50’s and ‘60’s, but updated and comfortable

C O LO R S Royal and cerulean blue, primrose yellow, venetian red, burnt orange, eggplant, deep teal, peach

M E TA LS Chrome, gold, and silver

L I G HTI N G 60’s style lamps and pendants, especially Danish Modern

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Mid-Century Modern architecture is well represented in Denver. The futuristic style was cutting edge when introduced in the 1950’s. Characterized by large windows, open spaces, and flat planes, the style sought to integrate light and nature into everyday living.

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Before When updating a Mid-Century Modern home, don’t forget to include landscaping in your plans. Shrubs planted when the home was new are now overgrown and need replacement.

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The narrow entryway was expanded. The notched wall exposes the beam, widens the entrance to the kitchen and lets in more light.


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An updated door is a great way to refresh a Mid-Century Modern home.

The above gate seems inspired by Don Ho’s song “Tiny Bubbles” popular in 1966.

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Casters on this uniquely shaped table allow it to pull out for easy access to seating. In-floor skylights add light to the lower level.

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Heat and serve TV dinners may have been popular in the 50’s and 60’s,

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Combining solid panel and frosted glass cabinet doors adds visual interest.

but these updated kitchens are designed for gourmet cooking and entertaining. Photo Courtesy of Ron Rosenzweig

The tile backsplash incorporates the colors in the contrasting wood cabinets. A large sheet of glass creates an unusual and striking countertop.

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Pillows provide a welcome pop of color in this slate and rock inspired color scheme. Eyeball pot lights provide directional lighting while pendant lights brighten up a dark corner.

An octopus chandelier adds a touch of whimsy to the room. Sliding shoji-style doors can be closed to separate the dining room from the living area. Danish Modern chairs are upholstered with colorful fabric. Photo Courtesy of

Natural Inspiration

Large pieces of driftwood create both a focal point and conversation piece in this stylishly remodeled room. The slim oval coffee table, shag ottoman, cowhide rug and sculpture create an artistic, bohemian atmosphere. An offset, chunky, wood mantel accents the stacked stone facade. An environmentally friendly gas insert completes the fireplace update. Photo Courtesy of

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Chunky wood counters, an oval porcelain sink, and wall mounted taps and spigot create high impact. Other great style choices include small black mosaic tiles in the shower surround, a black backsplash, and contrasting red wall. Wall-mounted, frosted glass shelves provide great storage.

olor plash!

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The PVC pipe room divider is a clever, but easily overlooked, detail. Multi-colored glass tiles link the wall color with the countertop and cabinets.

Lessons learned from

60’s TV Moms By the early 1960’s most families owned a television and watching it became a favorite past time. This technological innovation led to the development of classic shows such as “I Love Lucy,” “The Danny Thomas Show,” “Hazel,” “Lassie,” “Leave it to Beaver,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Petticoat Junction,” “Bewitched,” and “The Big Valley.” Along with the new shows came new role models for women. These wonderful women on TV taught me important life lessons!

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By Sandra Corrigan


The crazy antics of Lucille Ball in “I Love Lucy” taught me that I could choose to add creativity to any situation. It also taught me the value of a close friend to encourage and assist me in my goals. Of course, I also learned that gorging on chocolate is just sometimes part of the job! June Lockhart, who played Ruth Martin, Timmy’s mom in “Lassie,” showed me it was okay to let my kids and the dog lick off the spoon and that having a dog in the household mix adds a rich dimension to everyday life. Who can forget Beaver’s mom, June, who wore pearls 24/7 and mopped the floor in her finest dresses, heels, and full make-up? She was calm, loving, and supportive in all her family relationships. She even put up with Eddie Haskell’s antics and won arguments with advice like, “I use the tender approach. A woman gets results with her heart, not her head.” (Her tiny waistline led me to wonder if she ever ate because it seemed impossible to eat and have a waist like hers.) Samantha in “Bewitched” still has me believing that magic can happen. I wanted to twitch my nose back and forth perfectly like she did and immediately have an immaculate house. I knew, in my heart, that I needed to apply elbow grease to my chores — but Samantha made me believe in wonderful possibilities beyond apparent reality. With a love for horses and the west, I dream to this day about owning a ranch and being a force to be reckoned with like Barbara Stanwyck in “The Big Valley.” She seemed to embody wisdom and beauty and taught me the dignity and grace of one’s mature years. Finally, I offer a special thank you to Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” for her capri pants, bouffant hair, and comic flair. She taught me that a woman can be beautiful, smart, funny and a great stay-athome mom. Styles and women’s roles have evolved since those past days. But the love, warmth, and laughter that these women demonstrated are universal — and never go out of fashion. I am grateful to them for being important parts of my childhood and helping me know that femininity comes in many individual forms. We may have lost the heels and pearls — but we still embrace their essential decency and dedication to their families.

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M AT E R I A L S Dremel Glue Gun * 7mm clear glue sticks Round Paper Pendant Light Shade, 30.5 cm diameter 180 x 1oz Dry Waxed Paper SoufflĂŠ or Condiment Cups *We like the Dremel Glue Gun because of its multiple heat settings.

Paper Cup

Pendant Light Shade For more great projects, see the Dremel Book of Inspiration at

Step One Buy and assemble a globe paper light shade following the instructions provided in the package. Step Two Using the cool setting on a Dremel Glue Gun, apply glue around the edge of the base of one of the paper cups. Starting at the base of the light shade, press the glued base of the cup onto the shade so that the edge of the paper cup sits against the lower edge of the shade. Repeat with a second paper cup, gluing it against the opposite lower edge of the shade. TIP: If necessary, stabilize the lampshade while you are working on it by resting the globe on a dish or mixing bowl. Step Three Complete the first circle by gluing more paper cups around the lower edge of the shade, positioning each one adjacent to the previous one and then gluing its opposite number in place. This technique will help you to glue them evenly around the opening at the base of the shade. (This paper shade has a 7cm hole in the base, which requires ten paper cups to surround it. Check your shade and work out the positioning before you start gluing on the cups.) Step Four Form the second row by gluing the cups in-between those in row one. Step Five Glue the cups for rows three and four in-between those of the previous rows, building up circles of alternately placed cups. Step Six From row four, glue cups in vertical lines, positioning them directly above the cup in the previous circle, rather than in-between. Larger gaps will appear between the cups as the diameter of the globe increases. Arrange the cups in lines around the middle of the shade for best results. For best effect, keep the rows vertical and the cups evenly spaced. Continue gluing more cups in place, working in circles and moving towards the top of the shade. Step Seven As you approach the top edge of the shade, the diameter will decrease and the lines of cups will naturally merge. You will once again glue cups in-between those of the row before, as you did at the base of the shade. Finish by gluing a final row of cups around the opening at the top of the shade. Then, hang your light shade following the instructions provided in the package. Dremel products can be purchased from

Cantaloupe Martini Cantaloupe was an extremely popular melon in the 1950’s and 60’s. Colorado’s Rocky Ford Cantaloupes™ are famous for their sweetness. Try this Cantaloupe Martini recipe for a new twist on an old favorite.

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Modern Pigs in Blankets

Deviled Eggs 1 dozen hardboiled eggs, sliced in half lengthwise and yolks removed. 2 tbsp. mayonnaise (heaping) 1 tsp. spicy brown mustard ¼ tsp. dry mustard 2 tbsp. finely minced shallot or mild onion Sweet Spanish paprika for garnish Mash egg yolks in a bowl with a fork until creamy and smooth. Add mayonnaise, mustards and shallot or onion. Mix thoroughly adding more mayonnaise if necessary to create desired consistency. Spoon mixture into egg halves and sprinkle with paprika. (For perfect hardboiled eggs, place eggs in boiling water and cook for exactly 14 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately immerse eggs in a bowl of ice water.)

½ cup sauerkraut drained 2 tbsp. spicy brown mustard 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard ½ tsp. dill seeds 1 package refrigerated biscuit dough 1 package of hot dogs Combine sauerkraut, mustards, and dill seeds in a bowl and mix well. Using a paring knife cut a V-shaped channel in the hot dog removing 1/4 to 1/3 of the hot dog. Fill with the mustard/sauerkraut mixture. Roll out biscuit dough and cut into strips. Wrap dough in a spiral around each filled hot dog. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes until dough is browned and hot dog is warmed through.


1 can whole water chestnuts, drained and dried 1/2 lb. bacon ¾ cup ketchup ½ cup Worcestershire sauce ¼ cup brown sugar Cut bacon strips in half and wrap around each whole water chestnut. Place on baking sheet and broil till bacon is crispy. Mix ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar together in small bowl or ramekin. Dip cooked bacon-wrapped water chestnuts in sauce and return to baking sheet. Broil until sauce bubbles. Serve with toothpicks. Left over sauce may be used for dipping.

Old Fashioned

2 oz. Bourbon 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 teaspoon warm water 1 dash Angostura bitters 1 twist of lemon peel (1” x ½” squeezed into drink to release lemon oil in the skin and then dropped in) 1 maraschino cherry preferably with stem 1 splash club soda (or water) Optional: 1 orange slice for garnish Combine the sugar, bitters, and warm water in an old-fashioned glass. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add blended whiskey and club soda or water and stir. Add lemon twist and ice cubes. Finish by adding maraschino cherry and a swizzle stick. Optional: garnish with ½ orange slice

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