Julie from Seattle recently sent a photo (immediately above) of the original built-in from her new home in Seattle, and asked for some help with a couple of issues. Here’s what she had to say:
Hi, Pam. I love your blog. We just moved into a 1950′s ranch in Seattle and have this amazing huge built-in cabinet in the Dining Room. It’s very asian feeling and I’m wondering if you’ve ever seen anything like it in a 50′s home? Our bedroom also has a built-in which two closets and a dresser that is built very similarly. Just curious. I’m looking for some coppery toned knobs to replace the shiny brass ones the previous owner used. Any suggestions? – Thanks, Julie
Amazingly, my husband had just bought me a book about vintage Heywood Wakefield and I used it to turn up the 1950 Joseph Carr-designed credenza in the photo at the top. I think the lines are very similar to Julie’s built-in. Also, there are other famous families of Heywood Wakefield — namely Kohinoor and Sculptura — that also are similar. I am not a wood species person. Is anyone out there? The famous blonde Heywood Wakefield was maple or birch. What about Julie’s built-in?
For the second part of Julie’s question – about coppertone knobs, I turned to a couple of sources and hit it bigtime at Liz’s Antique Hardware online, which currently offers a nice selection of antique coppertone, chrome and other finish knobs in the satellite-cone styles we are all raving about this week. (Screen shots above, at at the bottom of this post – nice selection right now!) Julie loved these, and said she would order some sample. Julie, you must report back!
The LAHardware.com site can be a bit difficult so I made a screen shot to help you navigate right to these terrific vintage cabinet pulls. Coincidently – or not, as we are all on the same retrowavelength – digretro also posted this comment yesterday on the uber-pink kitchen post:
Hello Pam & retro all!
A well deserved congrats on your kitchen spot !
In regards to the pink kitchen cabinet pulls .. an ebay pick with some close runner-ups:
pricey? hmmm – very cool – yes!
And guess what? This ebay find of DigRetro’s is also — Liz’ Antique Hardware! Happy shopping (and salvaging) everyone, and thank you Seattle Julie, and DigRetro!