Welcome, Apartment Therapy voters

welcome-2010-180Welcome to retro-wonderland, Apartment Therapy voters. 🙂 Here at Retro Renovation, a lot of us are “accidental modernists.” We ended up in our (generally) small, mid-century homes because they were in the right neighborhoods or because the price was right. Mid-century *modern* homes, yes, but mid-century *modest* homes, too… ranches, capes, colonials, contemporaries, bungalows and split levels that real estate agents generally suggest should be gutted. We kinda like the quirky charm, though, and our motto has become “Love The House You’re In.” So before we make any drastic changes, we meet here to share renovation resources, lots of vintage eye-candy photos and a friendly and helpful community — all with the goal to update our homes in a way that’s sympathetic to their original postwar design. I like to think we’re playful and unpretentious (just like our simpler houses), and we’re not “purists” — it’s your house, make the changes that are right for you — love it! In fact, our main rule for comments is that “no one can be made to feel bad for their choices.” So take a tour… ask questions… and we hope you have a blast. After you’ve soaked it all in, if you want to vote for us, we would be honored. If you haven’t registered yet, go to Apartment Therapy;  once you’ve confirmed your registration via email, click on The Homies 2009 to vote. Many thanks and all the best, Pam. the homies


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  1. JSPajak says

    I came here originally for ideas for vintage bathroom flooring, and came away a fan of metal kitchen cabinets! I now have a bunch of GEs for my expanded-and-to-be-relocated kitchen project. You got my vote!

  2. tailfin says

    OMG Pam, that photo is specTABulous! It’s great to see that making the Homies’ Final 6 is driving newcomers to your site. I’ve cast my vote for you already & look forward to your win!

    • pam kueber says

      Thank you, tailfin and JSP. It’s tough competition for sure – the other blogs are great and some of them are REALLY BIG. No matter what the outcome, I’m super thrilled you all have gotten the blog this far!

  3. Annie B. says

    Whoa! Pam! That photo alone is enough to put you over the top.
    Seriously, the retro gods were certainly smiling on me the day I stumbled upon your blog. You can’t imagine how good it feels to realize how many others out there share my love of MCM – mod and modest. I’ve gleaned countless ideas from your pages and have had a fine time riding along. Here’s to a glorious future…..and past!

  4. Jeanne says

    That photo is fantastic!!! It says it all! And good idea to welcome all the RR newbies. This blog certainly encompasses all! Although the other blogs are very well done and nice, this blog has the research and resources like none other! With the economy and current trends, this is the “in” place to be. Although most of us already here, already had the love of mid mod and don’t need any trendsetters to tell us. 🙂

  5. Elizabeth Mary says

    Of course you got my vote, too. Then, after voting, I decided to check out the competition. All are lovely blogs that showcase the tastes of the blogger. But, none of them have the sense of community that we find here. None have the readers as such active pariticpants. Yes, they get lots of comments, but the readers don’t seem to be part of the posts as we are here. And, finally, none seem to capture a “movement” in design style like you do. Congratulations on all that you do, how you do it, and for the recognition so richly deserved!

  6. says

    This blog is my very favorite read, even though I don’t comment much. I drool over it daily. 😀 And that photo is *great* (as I said over on Flickr). I’ve cast my vote!

  7. says

    As usual, you Pam, and the other readers have expressed my thoughts and feelings better than I could have. So, I’ll just say, “I second what everyone said!”
    I updated my blog post on the Homies in the hopes that it might get you even one more vote! You deserve them all.

  8. vintage_vantage says

    Good Luck Pam! Without your guidance, many retro renovators would be lost! No one is more deserving!

  9. vintagedi says

    Pam,i am new to your blog,and i think it is just wonderful.So far,everything reminds me of when i was a child back in the 1960’s and mentally visualizing my favorite Aunt’s kitchen of her home with the bright turquoise kitchen and her black and white tile floor.Lovely memories.Anyways,since i am new here,i just voted for you over at the Homies.

  10. frank says

    Great picture Pam. There is nothing hotter than a woman who can handle power tools in pumps. Hope you and your family have a happy and prosperous new year.

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