For the love of credenza

  • Midcentury Modern: A style of design (in architecture and furniture) from about the 1930s through the mid-1960s. The main characteristics are clean lines, organic and streamlined forms, and lack of embellishment.

I have really grown to love and appreciate furnishings from the Midcentury Modern period.

From restaurants to hospital waiting rooms, and all through the pages of the top interior design magazines, you can’t go anywhere without seeing midcentury modern influences. If you know where to look, you can find authentic midcentury modern coffee tables, dressers, and armchairs in great condition.The beauty of these pieces is in the minimalism and the clean lines. These characteristics make midcentury modern the perfect style for incorporating pops of color to a design that are not overwhelming.

My favorite midcentury modern piece is the credenza. West Elm, France and Son, and Joybird are my recommended retailers for finding stylish midcentury modern furnishings at a reasonable price. I also recommend your local antique or thrift stores. They usually have the best quality finds and the prices are almost always negotiable. Just be prepared to give those thrift pieces a little TLC. Recently, I managed to find a beautiful credenza for only $200 at


Credenzas work well in the dining room—where I plan on using my new beauty—or in the family room. They offer tons of storage for dishes and linens, and make a perfect media console, keeping your electronics, movies, and games organized and hidden.

Should you find a midcentury modern gem at a great price, but in need of a little TLC, refinishing or painting can be a fun DIY project. Get inspired by this chic credenza I found on Etsy (sold), painted white with modern brass pulls.