“I have a graduate degree in Mid Century Kitsch”

Anyone who owns or is renovating a mid-century home should see the Simpsons Episode – ‘The Day the Earth Stood Cool’. I just watched it last night and died laughing. It’s a tongue in cheek on Portlandia, hipsters and ‘urban nomads’.



“Last night on The Simpsons, hipsters swarmed Springfield, taking over Moe’s Tavern, turning tire fires into farmers markets, and transforming the pathetic little town into one anointed by the New York Times as “America’s Coolest City.” Homer and Marge got some new neighbors in the form of Terrence and Emily (voiced by Portlandia’s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein), Portland, Ore., transplants “doing the whole urban nomad thing, you know, just looking for an undiscovered city with affordable houses.” Bakers of artisanal doughnuts by day, the couple was positively blown away by one for-sale property on the Simpsons’ block of Evergreen Terrace:

 “What a find! Underneath all the ugly renovations this house has Neutra bones.”

Those were almost our exact words when we first looked at THIS house except it was more along the lines of :
“What a dump! I hope to god, underneath all the ugly renovations, it actually HAS some bones!”

With low-slung furnishings and a brick fireplace, the place particularly struck a chord with Emily’s “graduate degree in midcentury kitsch” and, naturally, ended up being photographed for Dwell. ”

The videos, right this way. >>

 (God, now I hope we don’t sound like pretentious assholes when we talk about OUR house! Maybe I should stop using the term mid-century modern. It’s so….played out, ya know? hehe;)


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6 thoughts on ““I have a graduate degree in Mid Century Kitsch”

  1. My son-in-law was just told yesterday that we “mid-century people” are cultish. And all this time I’ve been thinking we were so normal. I think I’d rather be a pretentious asshole.

    Those clips were hilarious.

    1. Baha, just about spit up my coffee! Cultish? And I guess we pray to the god Neutra lol! Oh heck, I think when you do all this work on a house, you are allowed to boast, or in Terrence’s case ‘humble brag’!

  2. I have never seen this. After I spend 3 days in Palm Springs visiting MidCentury Modern homes with my mother and then 3 weeks writing them up. Haha. I would like to be pretentious too but until I can learn to identify furniture without emailing Dana, I don’t think I will qualify. But I want to be!

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