Ceramic tile is a flooring material of choice in many parts of the country. Reader Melissa tipped me to this floor tile — Daltile Natural Hues — which is available in 8″ squares — a size that is close to the vintage 9″ resilient floor tiles that were common in midcentury homes. There are lots of colors and neutrals in the Natural Hues line — I count 58. There also are many other sizes and shapes — this is a workhorse line for Daltile, to be sure.Heck yeah there is more →
Who manufactured Robert’s drainboard sink? 10 years of blogging, and I am stymied. I’ve never seen holes in the backsplash of a drainboard sink — holes presumably used for anchors for inserts and a … logo? Can anyone figure this out?Heck yeah there is more →
Many of us agree that Knotty (Pine) is Nice — but what about its flashier cousin, 1960s-1970s wood paneling that got kinda … designy? Elisabeth is new to her 1968 house and her eyes are a bit in shock at her two-tone inlaid wall paneling. This sure must have been hip back in the day. She asks us: Should it stay or should it go?Heck yeah there is more →
Wow, it’s hard to find a midcentury-modern style sectional with a curved — or rounded “wedge” back center — piece available new today. But I dug and dug — and found nine designs among four companies. Why aren’t these more popular? I have my theory…Heck yeah there is more →
The main reason for my recent Grand LA Tiki Adventure was to see the opening of The Art of the Tiki exhibit. The exhibit was fabulous, and the opening night party was insane! There is a hardcover book to go-with, and I picked up an extra copy to go a giveaway here on the blog. And of course, I had it autographed by Sven and Otto! Read on for entry details.
It was night, so the first place we went on our Grand LA Tiki Adventure was Tiki Ti. Nom nom, I’m thirsty all over again. Next morning, though, the very first place we headed was to Whittier to visit: Oceanic Arts, the famed design center for all things tiki since 1956. Yes, 1956, and Oceanic Arts continues to be led by the original owners LeRoy Schmaltz and Bob van Oosting, who met in junior college. In the photo above, that’s me, Humu and Christie lovin’ on LeRoy, who was there when we dropped in. For this story, I had my good camera, and I did not waste it. 66 photos, so’s you can feel like you were there, too!Heck yeah there is more →