In 2012, I anointed Cullen Meyer the “Crown Prince of Kitsch,” in amazement at his Brooklyn time capsule apartment, which he has decorated with all manner of vintage wonders. Recently, I saw that he had added a new toy to his playhouse — a circa-1948 Dishmaster faucet — the original hunka hunka. It’s sitting quite pretty — don’t you think? — on his Youngstown Diana sink base. Heck yeah there is more →
If you are on the hunt for an appropriate front door for your mid century home, we’ve got some more goo news for you. Reader Mitch has clued us in on another source for retro styled front entry doors — new from Simpson Door Company — whose Colonial ranch style doors we recently profiled. Thanks to Mitch Towes for this tip — his company Alliance Door Products, wholesales these Simpson Doors — and several other mid-century modern style doors — under the banner Mid2Mod Doors.
Update: Uploader is now closed, and wow! Readers uploaded 494 photos. Grab a cuppa, sit back — and enjoy! Thanks, everyone, for uploading! Howdy hudee, it’s our first photo uploader of 2014. No narrow focus for this one, I say: Just strut your stuff! No particular topic for this one — reader’s choice. Let’s see your latest completed projects… your thrifty finds… pulled-together rooms or lovely vignettes… the architectural features in your house… whatever feature or fixture or furnishing inside your house, or out, that has you giddy, at this moment. Above: Pat’s vintage stove. She says, “Hubby repaired my 1950′s stove, almost wasn’t able to fix it, am I glad he did, I love it!” We, too! Heck yeah there is more →
When I interviewed Stanley Furniture’s Randy Wells about the company’s project to collect and refurbish some classic Stanley pieces, I also extracted a promise. As part of the project, the Stanley team has been collecting vintage Stanley Furniture catalogs — and they said we could publish them here! Stanley’s scans are now in our hot little hands… and today, to get started: A look at The American Forum line. Designed by resident-designer H. Paul Browning, the American Forum line appears to have been designed with the “compact living” spaces of terrace apartments in mind. The lines are relatively simple… the wood stain, medium-toned, about as timeless as it gets. 12 pages follow. Heck yeah there is more →
Nicely done, Royal Barry Wills Associates: The architectural firm launched by famed architect Royal Barry Wills, and which is still run by his son Richard Wills today, has donated the Royal Barry Wills’ archive to the regional heritage group Historic New England. Royal Barry Wills is my all-time favorite 20th century architect — I have written about him quite a bit, see all my stories here. A prolific residential architect, he is considered the father of the 20th century Cape Cod house revival. I consider him the East Coast dialectic counterpart to father of the West Coast ranch house, Cliff May. Here’s how the dialectic worked: As the two competing designs — Cape Cod and ranch — evolved inward from both coasts after World War II, there was a great big wonderful Mid-Century Modest mash up of both architectural styles. Hey: I think I have now declared both men grandfathers of Mid-century Modest! Following is the news release about the donation, in its entirety. Heck yeah there is more →
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, we are still jumping up and down and squealing with excitement: This June 11-15, 2014 marks the last Hukilau — the famous tiki-extravaganza that has been held annually in Fort Lauderdale since 2003 — “the most authentic tiki event in the world!” And we’ll be there — leading a panel of tiki design geniuses who will share some of their secrets to create home tiki bars — to “Create Your Own Suburban Savage Paradise!” Read on for all the details –> Heck yeah there is more →