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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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About midcenturyobsession

My love for midcentury surfaced after inheriting a couple pieces of my very fashionable grandmother's MCM furniture. I'd always loved clean lines...and became obsessed. I'm currently in the process of redoing our entire home in Mid Century style. My husband would tell you "She's off her head." (Irish-speak for NUTS.) I am the wife of a Dubliner, a mother to an adorable little boy and two clownish french bulldogs Pig and Pearl. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. If there is anything I learned earning my degree, it was that I didn't want to pursue criminal justice. My heart just wasn't in it. I played 2 years of volleyball on a full scholarship and graduated a 4 year college in 3 years. I lived in Dallas for a very long time and left friends behind to be closer to family for my son. A native Californian, I have to say it's great to be back home.

Discussion

6 thoughts on “The Last Bookstore, the Best Mom

  1. Love you Mad Woman!!

    Posted by alphagymrat | April 26, 2013, 9:48 pm
  2. Thank you for sharing your Decorating Book, the illustrations are awesome! Your Mom obviously “gets you”. Go Mom! I like the way you featured your lovely blue grapes in the background of the pics. Your blog about your grape pursuit was another one I especially enjoyed! I plan to visit The Last Bookstore the next time I’m in La-La land.

    Posted by Elena-aka MCM Girl in San Diego | April 27, 2013, 4:46 pm
  3. I remember when I shelved that book!

    Posted by Brady Westwater | April 28, 2013, 3:40 am
  4. How did I miss this post? I love your new book. Nice retro hints.

    Posted by Rebecca@MidCenturyModernRemodel | May 9, 2013, 4:54 am

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