There's a reason that everyone you stalk on Instagram has an Eames chair and teak sideboard that looks like something out of California in 1955: Mid-century modern is the decorating trend that doesn't seem to be going away.
As with any trend, things can easily go from "inspired by" to "completely taking over your life." Here's how to tell when things have gotten completely out of control.
1. You spend all night crawling Craigslist for a like-new molded chair.
Why is everything tagged Danish mid-century? This is a bookshelf from IKEA. Blood pressure is through the roof. Who is even running this sham of a website?
2. Your mid-century obsession seeps into your daily life.
Literally none of your friends want to hear you murmur "Ah, looks Danish" at an estate sale on Sunday. Release your kidnapped friends back to the brunch you promised them.
3. Everyone tries to sit on your coffee table. It's not a bench.
Okay, but it looks like a bench. So is it a bench, or what?
4. Your phone rings, and you accidentally answer your rotary phone.
Of course, it's a charity calling.
5. Your living room has so many chairs that you get trapped.
Mid-century design reflects the inexplicable fear of no place to sit, apparently felt by the well-appointed who came before us. But there's only so much room in your house, so if your underwear and winter boots are stored in the chair that just sits in the corner, you might have gone overboard.
6. You name your kid "Teak."
Name your kid whatever you want — but on second thought, this is really out of control. It's wood. Shut it down.
7. Your stove is on hairpin legs.
And your toilet too. Heck, do cars really even need wheels?