Paul McCobb Room Divider

Not too long ago my other half sauntered through a local thrift store not expecting to find much. But he hit up the furniture section and that’s where he found it.


A room divider with shelves, drop leaf secretary…and cubbies! He popped open the cabinet and inside one of the drawers he saw the label. He paused for what seemed like a fractured hour-second, quietly closed the drawer, shut the cabinet, tore off the ticket and walked away as nonchalantly as possible (practically whistling dixie).


This is a bona fide Paul McCobb, the midcentury designer from Boston who, known for his simple, clean lines, was deemed “America’s decorator.


This piece of furniture dates back to 1953 given McCobb’s relationship with Sacks & Sons. If I had my druthers, it would look a little something more like one of these beauties (McCobb designs taken from Pinterest):


But at the very least there’s a lot of canvas to work with here. This sucker is tall, measuring just shy of 8′.


So we went to work dressing it and tried to keep it simple and minimalistic (for us at least!) to honor its design. I’m sure we’ll tweak endlessly until we feel we have it right.


Now in place this piece actually makes me pretty happy. Plus, it’s not every day you nab a Paul McCobb at the thrift store.


Happy hunting, all!


13 thoughts on “Paul McCobb Room Divider

  1. OH. MY. GAWD!!!!! You guys hit the jackpot with this. I’m so dying to know what you paid for it (I know, … none of my business) We adore Paul McCobb furniture and are always on the lookout. I have pulled that “lets quietly take this tag and walk out of here with our poker faces on”. “We’ll scream and jump up and down when we get home (or in the car)”. HA HA! I picture you both jumping up and down. (great image).

    It looks fantastic and appears to be in pristine condition. Love how you positioned it between those two arm shells. Fab!
    Seriously… I feel butterflies in my tummy over this. I’m SO EXCITED FOR YOU BOTH! Best find!

    1. thanks, stacey! your reaction is pretty much how i reacted when jordan told me. i actually looked around me as if someone might overhear, which wouldn’t have mattered anyway because he had already purchased the damn thing and we were miles away from the thrift store (wait. magic trick, family recipe, maybe now i get it! lol). we snickered all the way home, high fived, winked, acted totally bad ass. πŸ˜€
      we feel so adult now! ha.
      here’s to finding your McCobb. if i know yours and richie’s luck, you’ll find one for free on the side of the road somewhere down the line! xo

    1. yay! so glad you love it (good taste!). it is totally an amazing find, kudos to my husband for the good pickers luck (at least this round). thanks for the compliment!! now if i could only make a 5 minute skirt….. πŸ˜‰

    1. thanks, B&B! glad you like it. we still haven’t come down from our high from finding it yet πŸ˜€ maybe we never will, eh?! ha. now if i only had a refashioned 80’s prom dress to sit next to it in πŸ˜‰ see you on your blog soon, i’m sure!

    1. thanks, beth! glad you like the way it’s decorated. there are so many options and it’s hard for me not to over decorate. sometimes i feel like you can’t see my furniture for lack of space of tchotchke. eek! i don’t want to be THAT person!! lol πŸ˜€

  2. Girl… this is GORGEOUS!! And it couldn’t be in a better home. You guys did an amazing job decorating it and it looks perfect in your space. Next time I’m in town, I seriously want a tour of your place.

    1. girrrrrl! you just tell me when you’re back in town!! i would love to hang with you! thanks for the compliment. hopefully it looks the same in person as it does virtually. socal, here you come!!! πŸ˜€ xo

    1. thanks so much, vintage attitude! i had to look up “skip” ha! i’d say that’s a pretty good find. i love free stuff, especially when you’re not expecting it! thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

      1. Haha the joy of language! We are known as skip divers here….my kids used to cross the road when they saw a skip cos they knew I would go look in it! Know they are adults they share the joy of free stuff. Thanks for the follow too.

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