Monday, July 5, 2010

The 'Mad Men' Look Contest: The Washington Post

Mad Men season 4 begins at the end of the month and I'm pretty damn excited about this. It's far and away the best show on television. Shame on you and get with the program if you're not already a fan. Feelin' guilty yet?

Anyway, I was equally excited when I came across this recent article in the Washington Post:

Details about The Post's Mad Men Look contest
Saturday, June 26, 2010

Knotty pine. Wallpaper. Formica. Venetian blinds. Those lamps! They help form the distinctive look of homes portrayed on AMC's "Mad Men" television series, set in the 1960s.

As the series's new season draws near, we're looking for the Washington area home that most captures that look and feel. We invite you to pull back your pinch-pleat draperies and show off your home's late '50s-to-mid-'60s vibe.

Enter The Washington Post's Mad Men Look contest by submitting a photo of your place, whether it's a house, condo, apartment or even a single room. Entry deadline is midnight July 11. Entries must be for residences in the District, Maryland or Northern Virginia.

Entries must be of your own residence, whether owned or rented. Finalists must be available for photographs and an interview between July 14 and 18.

Finalists will be judged by a panel of Post editors and designers, along with Daniel Donnelly, owner of Daniel Donnelly Modern Design Studio in Alexandria.

Photographs of the winning entry will appear online and in The Post's Real Estate section July 24, the day before "Mad Men's" fourth season premieres.

I read this and thought, "why the hell not?" Sure I live in a small brick condo building built in the early 1980s, but have long been a fan of post-war modernism and mid-century modern style. Over the years I have cultivated furniture and various other odds-and-ends to match my particular tastes. I have an artistic eye and am pretty adept at scouting out oddball pieces from places such as thrift stores, flea markets, Ikea, Craigslist, eBay, etc.

I never win contests, other than a beauty pageant in Texas when I was 5 (true story), but I kind of really want to win this one. The contest is ramping up and the competition is fierce. Call me a Mad Man.

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  1. There are huge billboards all over L.A. advertising "Mad Men" -- everyone's super-stoked. Looks like a fun contest- good luck!

  2. Thanks!

    It'll be interesting as it looks like some of the heavy hitters have come out to play. I mean, come on, when your entire home is built from a mid-century design how much chance do I stand?!