August 2010Issue No. 34
The Red Vault
August Design Newsletter


Are you mad for Mad Men? I certainly am, and it's not just because of the dreamy Don Draper. Mad Men is set in the 1960s on Madison Avenue in New York City and the design is an equally bright star on this show. I am constantly scanning the sets each week to visually drink in the set design - the colors, the layout, and the style.

Obviously, a lot of other people are paying attention to this as well as there has been a resurgence in mid century pieces since the show debuted in 2007.  Vintage mid century pieces would be a standout in any home.

If you want your own Mad Men style:

Mid Century Modern (showroom)
2215 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX. 77007

Metro Retro Furniture (warehouse)
405 Preston Road
Pasadena, TX. 77503

"Mid century modern furniture is known not only for its great lines, but also for its functionality and durability. Buying retro modern furniture is not the same as buying used furniture. Buying Vintage modern furniture is an investment. Due to its aesthetic appeal and innovative use of materials, many people view mid century modern furniture as works of art."

Metro Retro has over 3,500 pieces on its website - here are a few that I am "mad" about:

Knoll Cafiero Lounge Chair

Brass and glass cocktail cart

Perhaps the new conference table for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce

Also, Joe Marcinkowski at MetroRetro was happy to have recently participated in Dwell on Design show conference in Los Angeles.  An Ecofabhouse 400-square-foot modular house was built by Reclaimed Space with 80-90% salvaged materials.  Joe donated many of the furnishings for the home as well a donation to Global Green.

Here is the article with a mention of Joe in Treehugger:

VIDEO: Intro to the MODERN LIVING Showhouse | ecofabulous:

307 E. Main
Fredericksburg, TX

The fabulous store RED in Fredericksburg has it all - industrial vintage furniture, lighting, and accessories; unique gifts, art, jewelry, and handbags; and even custom-designs their own furniture. 

A tufted headboard a la Betty & Don's bed

Vintage screen - love this for a child's room

A little sparkle for Betty's dressing room

The Antique and Design Guy
1726 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77098 View Map

Joe Mosichuk has been in the antique business for over 20 years, and he specializes in an eclectic mix, but is moving towards mid century modern and Hollywood Regency.  You can find exactly what you need here - he has everything!

The Houston Design Center (7026 Old Katy Road) will hold a Super Showroom Sample Sale open to the public on Friday, August 13th from 9AM - 5PM and Saturday August 14th from 9AM - 3PM.

Download the event flyer here.

Members in the News:

Bill Peck of Peck & Co. was in this week's issue of Gloss. Click here to read the article

Oxford Contractors Tip of the week

In a national NAHB/Metlife survey, 75% of respondents said they would pay more for sustainable features provided there was a tangible return on investment in the form of energy or water savings. These forms include lighting, appliances, windows, plumbing , insulation, heating/ac controls, and more.

For all your cost saving construction materials and products contact us at Oxford Contractors for any advice or consultations. Robert Loffredo President of Oxford Contractors ( or or 713-927-1494)

Please feel free to comment or make any suggestions to

Have a great weekend!

Jackie Sharbrough

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