Mid-century refers to the late 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s, a time represented so accurately and endearingly in modern films and TV shows like Pleasantville, Mad Men, and That Thing You Do. It’s fun to see this vintage era come to life on screen, but most people don’t really want to feel like they’re completely living in another time. So how do you borrow from a decade long gone? How do you capture the growing design trend of “mid-century modern” in your home without making it feel like you’ve stepped back in time? You want to be retro-inspired, but not go so retro that it looks like you haven’t updated your space for decades.