03 September 2015

Frank Sinatra's Palm Springs Home Tour TV Episode

While researching a few other things on the web, I ran across this California Gold/California Public Television episode that features a tour of Frank Sinatra's Palm Springs Desert compound. This video is from 2012, and shows the house as it was when the current owners purchased the home. If you want to see a glimpse of what Frank Sinatra's life away from the camera was like, then you may very well enjoy this episode.

If though, you are expecting to see tons of Mid-Century Modern interior design, there's not much to be seen here. Most of the interior design is late 70's to mid 80's. There are a number of good scenes that show very mcm style appropriate desert landscape design, a segment on his theator room, a good amount of photos, his train room, and the pool area.

One of the guest host is a long-time friend of Frank Sinatra's, Frank Randall, and he recounts a little of what it was like to be there in the late 70's and 80's. He also give a bit of insight about ole "Blue Eye's" as a friend and host.

A very cool bonus feature of this video, is the home video shot of the Palm Springs Parade as it would have been seen in the early 60's. That was very cool to see too.

So, I hope you all enjoy the show. 

01 September 2015

Amidst Mod with Eric McGrew Ep:001 - Introduction to Eric McGrew and the show.

Hey everybody! I hope that if you're coming back to, you have been happy with the blog post that you have seen, and if this is your first time, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you. Either way, thanks for stopping by.

For many of you, this may seem a bit awkward. I mean, I have been in contact with many of you for some time and you have helped me thru artist block, answered my design questions, and chatted with me about various different topics. Still, since I've been gone (from the Mid-Century Modern community) for some time, I figure there are a number of people who have no clue of who I am. Well, hopefully, the first episode of Amidst Mod with Eric McGrew will give you some indication. I would like to ask forgiveness for the auto quality. I was having a few problems with my mic, and had to use the iphone mic for recording. That's never ideal!

Any who, this first episode sets up a series that I am sure will be a great time to be had by all. My hopes are that it will not only be fun for me, but be entertaining, informative, and inspiring for all of you, and your Mid-century Modern interest.

Are you wondering what we will cover on the show? I bet you are...! Well, honestly, it's gonna be a mixed bag. We'll cover some DIY Mid-Century design style stuff, designers from the Mid-Century period, Contemporary Mid-Century Inspired Designers, my views and thoughts on mcm design, and some general information on objects and products that I find of interest here and there.

With that all said, I hope you watch the episode and get to know me a bit more. Please also check out my other articles here on and feel free to share, comment, and subscribe!

Thanks again!

23 February 2015

Studio ARTEMIDE MILANO, Designed By VICO MAGISTRETTI, Eclisse Model Lamp

It's kind of funny really. I just happened to marry into a family that has retro collectable interest. No kidding, I had never even brought up the topic with my wife before we got married. We of course talked about out interest in vintage stuff, but never really talked about how far it ran in her family. Well, over the years the interest that my wife's had in the Retro/vintage style has grown into a business for them. Me... yeah... not so much. Still, I do get to enjoy their finds. And that's exactly what I'm doing now. I'm enjoying this cool lamp, and sharing the experience with you. So, take a look-see.  There are a number of other detail photos on the ebay page here.

Here's the details:

Studio ARTEMIDE MILANO, Designed By VICO MAGISTRETTI, Eclisse Model Lamp

This lamp is not in working condition. It has a dent at the top of both the inner shade and the red shade. There are scratches on the lamp as well. It can be used as either a wall lamp or table lamp. The lamp's height is 7".