14 time capsule wallpapers & floors

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More photos from the weekend’s fabulous time capsule house estate sale — today focusing on floors and walls. To start — this typical 50s slate porch or foyer flooring. I adore this type of flooring, and it is still available today at a reasonable cost, because it’s so old-fashioned.

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Yowza, here is the downstairs powder room. You know that I love it. It has very 70s wallpaper — on the walls, the closet doors and the ceiling. It’s kind of interesting to see the mod wallpaper and toilet paired with the classic American Standard 50s sink.

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Grey Kentile asphalt tiles in an upstairs half bath. I love how the tile is ‘coved’ to work its way up into a baseboard. I am pretty sure this is Kentile because there was an old brochure in the kitchen. I noticed that even though the brochure called this “asphalt tile” it also mentioned “asbestos fillers” — so be cognizant of this issue in your own homes, readers. Get informed, consult with a professional, and decide how you will handle this tile.

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More of the fabulous fabulous kitchen floor.

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And more.

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The upstairs kitchen again, with a better look at how the “two floors” meet. As I took this picture I was standing here:

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The upstairs kitchen dining area. Notice the simple pull-shades on the windows, which themselves are classic picture windows flanked by casements.

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A downstairs bedroom / reading room. Mod orange wallpaper with wood trimmed in harvest gold paint. The lighting fixture was all swirly orange-and-yellow-and-white. I have to dig further to see if any of my shots really captured it properly, drats.

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Lovely wallpaper in an upstairs bedroom. The color — so pleasing. Perfect feng shui color for a bedroom.

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Peek a boo. This featured flat panel mirrors in many, many places. I heard that a fancy New York decorator was involved. Yes, to flat panel mirrors! Outside the door on the right is a porch with gorgeous views. There were lots of porches everywhere, too.

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Wallpapered ceiling in the big yellow tile bedroom. Fabulous detail. The graphic mix is perfect, too — the angularity of the tiles countered by the simple floral in the wallpaper. I have been reading my feng shui book again, closely. Trick to achieving harmony: Pairing opposites. As evidenced here.

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This garden trellis wallpaper was used on the walls and ceiling of the main stairway.

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Last but certainly not least – the blue and gray bathroom downstairs. Ha! Many of you are sick of hearing me say “wallpaper your bathroom walls.” Now I add to the litany: “…and the ceiling, too!” This wallpaper is particularly gorgeous – so light and airy but with just enough metallic gravitas to punctuate the gray tile and royal (navy?) blue trim. The tile, by the way, appears to be old…maybe a kind of rubber…that was later painted. Like, this is the original 50s bathroom – they just repainted the tile and added the wallpaper in the 70s. I guess I’d better show the floor, too:

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More Kentile – this time, blue. More of those classique American Standard fixtures. And I must say, I love this color combo. It’s one I haven’t seen yet, and it’s quite pleasing.

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Comments

  1. Gail Witham says

    I’ve never seen wallpaper on the ceiling before. We just bought a 1965 house with radiant heat in the ceilings, so wallpapering them would not be possible. And I would NEVER cover my livingroom ceiling! It’s got that neat swirl design that they don’t bother doing nowadays. I absolutely love your site, I’m a big fan of retro, especially 50’s stuff!!

  2. Jacque says

    The first picture with the vintage blue/red slate tile is exactly what I have in my 1950s ranch home foyer. Just a shot in the dark, but any thoughts on where I could buy more? I’m taking out the built-in planter and need to patch it…would hate to have to replace it all!
    Let me know if you have any ideas.
    Cheers!

    • Panzyzz says

      I have the same blue/gray/red slate tile in my foyer and it needs to be repaired. The pieces that are loose have broken edges. I found some at a local outlet store a couple years ago and didn’t buy it because they wouldn’t let me get less than a full box. Now, I can’t easily find it online although I’ve heard it can be had. The problem is….where?

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