I am a late baby-boomer. Born late in the 50’s when a TV was black and white and looked like a piece of furniture. Plastic started replacing wood. Smoking was not a crime and was commonly done indoors.

I grew up on a farm. From TV I learned that living in a suburb or a city was a much cooler way to grow up and people took you more seriously. Having a cigarette and a martini after work was a prerequisite to dinner, prepared by a wife who wore a dress all day (unless you were Laura Petrie who rocked those capris).

The decor in my room went from a little girl with flowers to Peter Max posters. I had a black light along with a “Have a Nice Day” smiley which was eventually replaced by a sarcastic “Have a Day” poster.

I married young and have continued to stay that way much to the amazement of the rest of the world. That is, staying both “young” and married to the same man. I have one son who has kept me up to date on the latest acronyms, such as WTF and its backward component. He has introduced me to techno music and Jason Mraz, while my husband and I exposed him to Tom Petty, the Doors, the band Morphine, and “Weird” Al Yankovic (though my husband would prefer that I say that Al was MY contribution).

I have a BFA in Graphic Design; however, in order to acquire health, retirement benefits, and money, I work as an “administrative assistant.” (In the 60’s the position was “secretary” and that is what I say I do when asked. Rolls off the tongue easier.)

My decorating tastes are eclectic, though I lean toward the smooth lines of Danish and mid-century modern furniture and style I go bonkers over the work of designers such as Eams and Cherner, but realize I may only own one of those pieces in my entire life, so I search for the essence of those styles at affordable prices.

During our years of remodeling, my husband and I have worked through countless websites searching out everything from the “perfect” outdoor porch light to the “perfect” bathroom faucet.

The inspiration for this blog is to share what I have learned and discovered, online and elsewhere, searching for affordable, modern, and mid-century modern essentials. I still have a lot to learn, so I invite readers to share their stories of modern furniture searches or remodeling. (Art pieces and décor, too.) If you live in a mid-century house, please send pictures and stories of restoring – or ripping out the laminate and putting in granite – I’m not a purist.

Please comment. We’ll all learn something. To share a longer story or pictures, please send email to:  2rufflife@gmail.com


2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Julie. Thanks again for your lovely and supportive quote on my blog. I really like your site. We have a lot in common, including being an Executive Assistant. When you get a chance, please drop by and read “The Devil’s Name Is Murphy.” You’ll recognize the “chaos” immediately as an EA and the mortification that followed.

    By the way, I’m still trying to figure out why that lamp is such a pricey item? I’m definitely in the wrong business 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by my humble site, Eleanor! I will definitely check out “…Murphy.”

      The light box price is somewhat of a mystery except for the fact that on the back it shows that they are a “limited edition.” They only made 20 of one of the sizes, I think. Still…… I don’t know why.

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