Mid Century Modern Design with Flair

M. Swabb Decor + Style is no stranger to Mid Century inspired interior design, in fact some of our clients seek us out in San Diego for just that type of flair for their home.

Here are some recent concepts we pulled for a fun new job up in North County.

It's hard to say goodbye

We have been more than blessed to have Alyssa Daly on our team since July 2013. She has always been the life of the party and one of the most stylish girls I know! I cannot say how sad I am to see her go but happy to see her grow.

Alyssa joined the team in the latter part of her senior year at the Art Institute of Southern California. She was finishing her degree in Interior Design when she joined our family. She has a fantastic eye and was one of my favorite shopping buddies. Alyssa never ceased to amaze me with her drafting and rendering skills. Our clients always looked forward to our visits with her in attendance and she will truly be missed by all.

Alyssa is taking her passions back to her home town, Ventura, CA where she can thrive while being close to her family. We wish her all the love and success we can imagine!

Watch out Ventura - you have some fun headed your way!!

All Around American Bar

I couldn't be happier and more fortunate for such a wonderful and creative team! When our client moved to San Diego from the Los Angeles area he found a beautiful 1500+ sq ft condo overlooking the best of San Diego's Harbor and Gaslamp Quarters.

What was missing from this sprawling and spacious luxury condo was some true character. One quickly decided factor was that he needed a bar. The perfect location was adjacent from the kitchen right next to a vintage jukebox he had accrued several years back that just seemed to be floating in the room.

We decided it was a perfect opportunity to use that focal in the room as an anchor for a cool floating bar. Right away the team and I started brainstorming on unique features it might posses.

Corrie Vance, who I consider our team executor went strait to drafting. Being able to see the bar in scale surrounding the jukebox gave us and the client perspective on how it would look when finished. Alyssa Daly added the idea of incorporating a live edge piece of wood for the actual bar top, which was the finishing touch needed.

Once the drawings were complete it was off to our production team and secret weapon! This was truly a team effort and most of all the client is thrilled with the outcome. We are looking forward to a bar baptism this coming weekend.

Here are some before and after shots - Thanks for reading!




Recent Press!

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MaeganMaegan Swabb never intended to be an interior designer. She was actually studying fashion and working for Georgio Armani while in school, when she discovered that she had a knack for visual merchandising. Her work compelled a men’s clothing line to recruit her for their merchandising and she was soon working off Rodeo Drive.
Stints with Elie Tahari and other shops as a visual merchandiser led to her work in interior design when a friend, who owned a home décor company, asked Maegan to come work for her. Under this tutelage, Maegan learned the ins and outs of interior design, and her suspicions were confirmed: she was meant for more than just fashion. Maegan Swabb was made for interior design.
Today, Maegan’s firm, M. Swabb Décor + Style, provides renovation and remodel services to homeowners in San Diego and Southern California. She and her team of interior designers love capturing the best parts of homeowner’s personalities and bringing those characteristics to life through design. Mid-Century Modern interior design is a style that excites Maegan and, like her journey from fashion to interior design, captured her heart unexpectedly.
MCM LivingHer first Mid-Century Modern home was styled for homeowners that were absolutely in love with the style. After finishing the project and posting pictures of her work online, Maegan began receiving more requests for similar design schemes. When asked what makes Mid-Century Modern special, Maegan says it’s the collective look inherent to the style that’s so appealing. She loves rummaging around shelves of vintage shops looking for unique items from years gone by. The eclectic mix of materials—both authentic vintage and contemporary—is such an American way to style a home.
MCM Dining RoomThis dining room is a wonderful example of her work. Eye-catching wallpaper covers the accent wall of the dining room, where pendant lights dangle over the dining table. The subtle wall color complements the honey-colored hardwoods, and the windows are kept simple and streamlined, in accordance with the no-frills attitude of classic Mid-Century Modern design.
Cliff May designed his homes in order to let the light from the outdoors in.

Lighting is such a huge part of Mid-Century Modern design, and interior design specifically.  Cliff May designed his homes in order to let the light from the outdoors in. Clerestory windows, transom windows, and the panes of glass that make up large expanses of Cliff May home facades are designed to flood the space with light. But, even these homes need a lighting boost.

MCM Living Room B 2According to Maegan, lighting is the jewelry to the room, the finishing touch. “It’s the bling,” she said, and its proper use finishes off the room unlike any other element. It can be used to further define the style of a room. Particularly with Mid-Century Modern style, the room feels unfinished, and may lack clear definition, without a light that is true to the style. As with this adjoining living and dining space, a space that could be mistaken as an eclectic Americana design is clearly defined by the atomic light fixture over the Mid-Century Modern table:
MCM BedroomLight floods the space, but it is the chandelier that draws the eye to the table and Mid-Century inspired artwork nearby. Accent lighting, such as these mint green lamps, can also be used to reinforce the style:
In order to bring the outdoors in—an essential characteristic of Mid-Century Modern design—Maegan recommends using sculptural plants like succulents and orchids to enhance the space. She uses real plants whenever possible, but for homeowners that don’t have a green thumb, top quality faux plants are an acceptable substitute—as long as they’re the kinds that look real.
Mirror and succulentsWhen asked what homeowners should never compromise on, Maegan immediately replied, “Comfort!” According to her, if something is uncomfortable, or if the owner just kind of likes it, then it needs to go. The home is the place for peaceful rejuvenation, a place that provides respite from the outside world. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s better to get rid of it than to live with something you don’t love. Mid-Century Modern furniture is a great way to achieve a comfortable environment. After all, the concept originated in the mid-twentieth century, and many of the designs reflect ergonomic values.
Maegan has a talent for thinking outside the box, while at the same time providing homeowners with harmonious spaces that represent their true selves. Her designs speak for themselves: eclectic, creative, vibrant, and utterly American.

M. Swabb Decor + Style is located in San Diego, California. The firm specializes in interior design and the coordination of life events like weddings, baby showers, and other special milestone celebrations.
If you would like to find your mid-century modern dream home or have any questions on the home buying processes, feel free to contact us or call at anytime. Stephen, 949-280-6481.

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Megan Winkler

Megan Winkler

Writer at Better Living SoCal
Megan Winkler is a professional writer, editor, and author with an extensive portfolio. Her works include interior design coffee table books and advice articles on the best ways to turn a house into a home. She credits her master’s degree in history and her relationships with professional designers for providing historical and philosophical context to her design pieces. Megan is passionate about Mid-Century Modern and historic homes, and believes they provide modern generations with a glimpse into the past.

A Touch of Teal

Pops of color bring an abundance of life to any interior space and our favorite for this upcoming season is teal! 

This color reflects beautiful ocean tones and luckily, we are in close proximity to plenty seaside residences. 
Whether it is a bold hue on an accent pillow or a soft one on a wall, it is a lively color that provides a calm and serene environment. 

One perk about hiring a design firm is the assistance in creating a color scheme for your home, one that provides a harmonious balance within the use of your favorite tones!

Cabin Fever

With the winter coming to an end and an all of a sudden snow fall the team has been yearning for a trip up to the mountains. We are putting into the universe and catching our clients eye in an interest to taking on more vacation properties.

With that being said, for all of you cabin dwellers, here are some inspiring concepts to muse while sipping on a cup of hot cocoa.

Perspective anyone?

There is nothing more calming when remodeling your home than to see what it is going to look like before its done. Perspectives give you the leeway to make any adjustments you want and to fully understand the scale and feeling of your space. This is just one more reason an Interior Designer is always a great consideration before taking on home renovations.  With that being said, I hope you consider our awesome team. 

Here is an example of our initial conceptual

Before image - just for reference :)

The Vintage Rocker

We are thrilled to be in the beginning stages of a rock god inspired home located in San Diego. Our client whom recently moved to San Diego from Texas already has a rockin collection of cool historical art and albums. 

Here is a little teaser from the M. Swabb Design team. Much more to come!

Concepts - San Diego Interior Design
Piano Desk #2
Cool rock wall 

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