(Above) The living room oozes midcentury modern pieces and an extensive collection of white ceramics is hard to miss. The black and white rug with its striking "H" logo adds a special touch (a nod to my last name). Find similar statement rugs at retailers like West Elm and Wayfair. A number of thrift store finds intermingle with new pieces. The brass lamp was $10 and the solid wood midcentury armchairs were $17 (yellow) and $40 (plaid). The plaid chair is one of many pending upholstery projects. The gray lacquered shelving units were under $200 each from Ikea. (Left) A strategically stacked collection of boxes in black and white and wood tones is reminiscent of New York City's skyline. I scored the midcentury sideboard for $100 at a local thrift store.