This Sunday AMC’s Mad Men is kicking off it’s much anticipated final season.
No question that a huge part of the show’s appeal has been the fashion and art direction.
From the first frame, viewers have been swept up in a pop culture tour from the swinging style of the Kennedy era right up through the Age of Aquarius.
When Megan left New York, she moved into a one-bedroom bungalow in Laurel Canyon.
Here’s some inspiration to create your own bachelorette pad in the hills. So, pull out some vintage vinyl, put on your best bell bottoms and start channeling Ali Macgraw.
“Ask anyone in Hollywood where the craziest people live and they’ll say Laurel Canyon. And ask anyone in Laurel Canyon where the craziest people live and they’ll say Lookout Mountain. So I bought a house on Lookout Mountain.” -Joni Mitchell
In the late 60s, Laurel Canyon was ground zero for west coast rock and roll. During those days, Megan’s neighbors would have included Crosby, Stills and Nash, Frank Zappa and Jim Morrison. She would have felt right at home along side fellow Canadian emigres Joni Mitchell and Neil Young.
To get a flavor of the those days from the folks who lived it, take the self-guided tour from the surviving members of the Doors. Also, Vanity Fair just printed a roundtable discussion about the Laurel Canyon music scene in their February 2015 issue.
By the late 1960s, the youth revolution was in full swing and the buttoned down tastes of the old guard were giving way to a new style. Gone are the clean functional lines that defined the mid-century style. The made-by-machine look was replaced by a warmer, more sensual and personal style, emphasizing natural materials and a handmade look. If nothing else, the 1960s counterculture was about freedom of personal expression. Instead of fashion coming down from the designers, the trends filtered up to the tastemakers of the day. It’s a style that’s less about geometry and all about color, texture and fragrance.
No wonder everyone flocked to Laurel Canyon. The rustic wooded hillsides provide a perfect backdrop to fulfill your hippie chic fantasies.
One bedroom bungalows in Laurel Canyon
The show’s set designers based Megan’s LA home on a real house built in 1952.
Believe it or not, there are still a number of one-bedroom homes in Laurel Canyon. The good news is, that these properties are pretty good bargains compared to the larger homes.
Here are a few bungalows that recently sold.
8527 Nash Drive
Sold for $565,000
Sold for $717,500
Sold for $750,000
2131 Kress Street
Sold for $879,000
Where to find vintage furniture
If you want imitate the true Mad Men style, check out these shops used by the show’s designers.
2145 West Sunset Blvd
Echo Park, 90026
106 S. Ave 58
Highland Park, 90042
Sunbeam Vintage Highland Park
11879 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, 90025
Wertz Brothers Santa Monica
Thanks to shows like Mad Men and other modern period dramas, there is definitely a 60s revival afoot. On the runways this spring, it was clear that fashion powerhouses like Gucci and YSL are betting heavily on a pending youth quake. It may only be a matter of time before we see the same trends shifting in our homes.