Tami Michaels: Inside Out

"Mad Men" yourself

"Mad Men" yourself

It's all the rage right now. Everyone is talking about the show "Mad Men," and now it's time to bring Mad Men into your home.

Above, you can see the "Mad Men" version of me. You can also Mad Men Yourself! No one wants a complete time warp in their home. But a few pieces can create a timeless look. It really can be a full time project; the estate sales, craigslist, eBay, thrift stores. And then there's the process of restoration or reupholstering.


Sometimes all you need is to search for the perfect lampshade and harp. Pictured above is a lamp from Casa Victoria and a charming pair of lamps from an estate sale.   Amy Wells, the set decorator of  "Mad Men" has some great tips: "Old wooden furniture, particularly American walnut and Scandinavian teak, is so forgiving," says Wells, who also swears by an oil-based rub-on product called Restor-A-Finish.  

 

Don't be afraid of reupholstering the perfect sofa - it's really simple, actually.   "There are great things surrounded by horrible things, so you have to go through and look at things slowly without getting distracted by other stuff. You have to do the editing," says Welles. The upside is that prices tend to be lower, and with so much stock, prices may be easier to negotiate. "I try not to make a store owner defensive by saying this is too much," Wells says. "I always ask, 'What's your best price?' It sounds much more positive."  

 

This is a headboard that is similar to the Draper's. It would look fabulous if it were upholstered.


Some great deals can be found a second-hand stores in Los Angeles like Furniture House LA, and Casa Victoria. They are more than happy to arrange shipments to Seattle. And don't underestimate the great finds on Craigslist and eBay

Locally I recommend the Fremont Vintage Mall.  When it comes to my secret treasure trove for discovering pristine vintage furnishings, I love the Freemont Vintage Mall.  This location is a virtual cornucopia of remarkable gently used consignment furnishings from the 50's, 60's and beyond.  Wear comfy shoes and allow yourself a few hours, you never know what you will discover.  Everything from Eames chairs, sputnik lamps, men's magazines from the 50's, 60's and 70's, to movie memorabilia all rotate through this antique consignment center.