The Last Bookstore, the Best Mom

I have it on good authority that one of the most unusual and unique places to visit around Los Angeles (especially if you dig knowledge) is the Last Bookstore in downtown L.A.

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Not only is the décor cool and funky, the prices on used books and records are unbeatable. The Last Bookstore is one of the few places left that still buys books and records for resale. Recently, my parents visited and loved the place. While there, my mom picked me up a Better Homes & Gardens 1956 original Decorator’s Book with the dust cover still in tact for A DOLLAR!!! Being mid-century modern enthusiast and book lover, I had to feature The Last Bookstore…..keeper of mid-century treasure.

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The Decorator’s Book my mom scored is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received, and I’ve loved paging through and reading the text, and seeing how things were done back then. Not to mention I could probably consult on the set of Mad Men for set decoration now. Hello? Any takers?

Decorating Book. Coolest. Gift. Ever.
Decorating Book. Coolest. Gift. Ever.
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Check out the language!! “Junior wants a wide-open space to play and gay colors”
“Father needs a quiet spot to rest after a tough work day”
“Mother wants a beautiful home to express her personality”
Check out these kitchen pics...
Check out these kitchen pics…

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This pink mess looks to be a bathroom. Whoever lived here LOVED boomerang pattern.
This pink mess looks to be a bathroom. Whoever lived here LOVED patterns.

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Love the bookstore. Can’t wait to visit myself. Love the book. Love you, Mom!

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Trending: Painting MCM

Have you seen it around? Danish or Mid-century modern furniture “updated” by adding paint to certain parts of the piece?

It seems to be everywhere now. I saw it first from a favorite local seller of mine, Yesterday’s Treasures:

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Credit: Yesterday’s Treasures

When I spotted it for the first time…I was as if transported to the scene of a gruesome crime. I actually cried in horror at my computer and said, “Whhhhhyyyyyy!!?!?!?! Why would you do that??!?!?!?!??” But after some time, I’ve come around to appreciate the creativity. I remain on the fence though, as I personally wouldn’t paint a perfectly gorgeous piece of Danish modern or mid-century modern furniture…but there are many out there whom I’m sure would disagree with me.  Painted MCM is appearing everywhere.

Found on Etsy.com. Shop:RevitalizedArtistry
Found on Etsy.com. Shop:RevitalizedArtistry
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Found on Etsy.com. Shop:RevitalizedArtistry
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Etsy.com Shop: CuriosityNC
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Etsy.com Shop: ItTakesUnderstanding
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Vintage Inspired piece found on Etsy.com. Shop: OrWaDesigns

For now,  I think I’ll stick with these pieces as they were then. Perhaps though, this new trend isn’t too far off the mark.

This guy on the other hand, is in it's original state. Yes...that's right. Yellow. If you're a fan, go to Etsy.com, Shop: fabulousmess
This desk is actually in it’s original state. Yes…that’s right; original-finish-yellow. If you’re a fan, go to Etsy.com, Shop: fabulousmess

What do you think? I’d love to hear readers comments.