Jim Sherrill North Carolina home
Chad and Tina Baker value period authenticity, from kitchen cabinets to the Kagan Contour rocking chair. Photo by Bret Gum. Styling by Jickie Torres.

A purist collector couple–Chad and Tina Baker–restored their Jim Sherrill home to purist perfection. As Chad previously told Atomic Ranch, ““I’m a purist. I don’t like to disturb anything that has made an ‘object’ what it is.” The Bakers’ refreshed mid century home reflects this instinct, and fellow purists can take notes from their work! While some of the finds are serendipitous, you can still emulate the purists’ style with help from these sources.

Kagan Contour Chair

Homeowner Chad Baker is a collector, and this chair was a lucky find. Keep you eyes peeled at vintage stores or shop around online.

Kagan Contour rocking chair
The Contour Chair designed by Vladimir Kagan was one of the designer’s efforts at creating a “vessel to hold the human body.” Available at vladimirkagan.com.

An Alternative Mid Century Purist Planter

A raised planter says Mid Century Modern just as much as a bullet planter and allows another opportunity for warm texture and a sleek silhouette.

vintage planter box
This vintage Danish-designed planter box is laminated teak and offers a sleek profile to house your houseplants. Available at CosmicDesignNL on Etsy.

Interior Siding

Typically when you think of siding, a home’s exterior comes to mind. But as the Bakers’ home shows, interior siding can add visual interest and create an accent wall when you use it inside.

interior siding
Use siding inside for a perennial but period-appropriate accent wall. Available at Eichler Siding.

Oil Painting

Original art is an investment, so it’s worth it to hold out for something you love and that works well with your decor. Fortunately, a neutral base will accommodate a variety of colors. Here’s one idea, from the hard-edged school of Mid Century Modern painting. (For more on this style of painting and its founder, read about Leon Polk Smith.)

geometric hard-edged mcm painting
Geometric Hard Edge Painting by Sidney Guberman, available at Chairish.

Curtis Jeré Brutalist Sculpture

The style might be called Brutalist, but the effect is far from brutal. The wall sculpture lends a multi-dimensional sense of motion, evoking both Mid Century Modern style and birds in flight.

Curtis Jere Brutalist bird wall sculpture
The Curtis Jeré “Birds in Flight” Large Brass Wall Sculpture adds a purist’s period-perfect finishing touch to an MCM room. Available at 1stdibs.

To see more of this purist couple’s home, check out the full house tour, Collection Meets Preservation In North Carolina.

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