Proving yet again that I have an awesome ReStore Habitat for Humanity store in the next town over, Pittsfield, Mass., I went to prowl around and found it chock ablock with interesting stuff. Come shopping with me! 45 photos! Above: Beautiful detail from a big wood wall unit, notice the gilded inside back!Heck yeah there is more →
Amy lives in a 1916 bungalow that was renovated in the 1950s, including, golly: This fantastic basement hideaway that she has christened, “The Naughty Pine Lounge.” But. Oopsy. Methinks those gashes in the wood suggest it’s pecky cypress not knotty pine. No matter which: The Naughty Pine Lounge is more than Nice!
Home Depot is rockin’ the retro these days. A few weeks ago, the little retro Magic Chef refrigerators. It’s where you can easy-peasy get our Retro Renovation® by Wilsonart laminates. And now, Catalina has spotted this cutie patootie pink – yes, Mamie Pink! — compact washer-dryer combo unit. Heck yeah there is more →
How long might it take to pull together a historic kitchen of your dreams? How about: seven years — and that includes buying the house. Yes, I checked, and my first email from Jennifer was in Dec. 2011 — seven years ago — when she was “house hunting in the burbs.” She recently updated me that in the years since, she’d found a new house and is finishing up on remodeling a “new” kitchen full of salvaged American Kitchens brand cabinets designed by famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy. In fact, she has become quite the Loewy expert, and her house includes more his designs, including Rosenthal china, a Sunbeam toaster, Le Creuset Coquelle dutch oven, Mengel furniture, and Borg bathroom scale. Still, the big story is: Those cabinets!Heck yeah there is more →
We see a lot of U.S.-made vintage lighting here on Retro Renovation, but how about: Vintage lighting — relatively low cost back in the day lighting — made in midcentury and postwar Holland? VintagebyLisa specializes in this lighting, and she can ship internationally (shipping costs don’t look too bad), so if you’re looking for something out-of-the-U.S.-ordinary, give these a look. Heck yeah there is more →