Oliveri stainless steel drainboard sinks

stainless steel drainboard sinksIf you are in the market for a new stainless steel drainboard kitchen sink for your retro kitchen remodel, we discovered a few new options during our trip to KBIS earlier this year. Australian sink manufacturer Oliveri offers two sink models — the Canberra and Brisbane — in three different styles of stainless steel drainboard sinks. Sinks are available with options for left or right drainboard on each model and their two Canberra sink models comes with included extras like a cutting board and a strainer basket. Heck yeah there is more →

75 colors of shag rugs and carpets from Sansom Shag Rugs — oh so groovy, baby!

shag rugDo you have fond memories of running your toes through tall-pile shag carpet from the 1970s — and want some of your very own flashback groove pad? Well today, we profile what looks to be a terrific source — Sansom Shag Rugs. This Austin Powers-approved find comes from the ever-dynamic duo Jackie and Todd of Furnish Me Vintage. They recently completed yet another amazing project, decorating their new “Groovy Getaway” in Gatlinburg, Tenn. “We tracked down the only U.S. manufacturer of true shag rugs and ordered 2 tons of lime green and burnt orange carpet,” Jackie told me. We have a full story on the Groovy Getaway in the works, meanwhile: Who neeeeeeeeeds shag rugs or carpet?Heck yeah there is more →

Cincinnati radio legend Ruth Lyons’ lovely Early American home with a caboose in the back!

early american midcentury decorA tip from reader Nancy led us to discover this warm and charming time capsule — former home of popular Cincinnati area talk-show host Ruth Lyons — listed for sale by Nicholas Motz of Motz Real Estate. The home’s historic 150 year-old exterior gives way to a warm, inviting interior styled with loads of wood and Early American decor — with key features looking like they are still pretty much in place as when the house was featured as the cover story in the super popular American Home magazine in 1958. We love it! Heck yeah there is more →

Understanding potential lead hazards in old porcelain enamel bathtubs and sinks and ceramic tile of any age

Be-Safe-graphic-500-wV2Lead hazards have been in the news all year, and that will continue for some time. So, owners of older homes have been and will continue getting even more reminders that they should pay attention to the risks, particularly if they have younger children. Of course, we all knew about the dangers of lead paint – and now we all are attuned to the potential for lead in old pipes, as our hearts go out to the people of Flint and as concerns spread to other communities.

This article focuses on raising awareness around three other potential sources of lead dust exposure in your home – old porcelain enamel bathtubs and sinks and ceramic tile of any era — and steps you can take to assess and, if required, address them. Heck yeah there is more →

Decorating ideas for a brown, brown and more brown kitchen

midcentury-kitchenpaige-and-Dustin250Reader Paige needs our help — she and her husband Dustin recently bought a 1960 ranch house, and they are struggling to decide what paint color would help liven up the brown, brown and more brown found throughout the kitchen and connected dining room. She isn’t a fan of the brown backsplash, flooring and countertops, but they will have to stay for now. Can we give Paige a few paint and decorating ideas to help add some color her kitchen? Heck yeah there is more →

Kate’s bright and cheery new dining room rug

colorful rug dining roomPam has been in the mood to share some of her new house goodies — like her Geneva Kitchens banner and her ‘new’ NOS Live Better Electrically Medallion Home doorbell, and she invited me to play Show ‘n Tell, too. What’s new at my house? My colorful, cheery dining room rug. Believe it or not, it took me quite a while to find just the perfect rug for my space — I must have looked at thousands of rugs before deciding on this one — but I had some stiff criteria for my search… Heck yeah there is more →