More top stories in 2012 — time capsules, paint collections, vintage furniture & more

st. charles kitchenI recently took a look at the top 12 in ’12 stories about readers and their remodeling and decorating projects. Now — let’s take a look at the other most popular stories on readers’ hit parade. Everyone loves the fantastic time capsules houses that I feature — and almost to a one, readers deserve the credit for spotting these and sending their emails. The most popular time capsule story this year was the Tennessee time capsule house – kitchen shown above. Morever, this story continued into a saga, as reader Pam bought this very kitchen and put it into her house. Onward for the other 11, top stories of the year –>

midcentury modern houstonThis midcentury modern house Houston will forever be known as the “Swankienda”. Indeed.

tudor houseWe took a look inside this wonderful 1938 time capsule Tudor house — original owner lived here at least 72 years. And guess what: Someone in San Francisco spotted it on the blog — they were in the market for a house in Portland — they rushed right up — and they bought it! They love all the original features and plan very minimal changes. Yes! We helped connect a reader to a time capsule house o’ their dreams. Woot!

historic paint colors20 historic paint color collections.

accent wall how to get rightAccent walls — Four steps to getting them right

formicaFormica’s Ideal Edge — Only your contractor knows for sure.

boomerang laminateWilsonart introduces boomerang laminate in 14 colorways.

midcentury living rooms306 photos of reader living rooms — this uploader was so much fun! roller shadesMake your own roller shades — plus I do research to cut the price by at least 30%.

red refrigerators10 places to buy a red refrigerator… and, 7 places to find a pink refrigerator did pretty darn well, too.

vintage furnitureVintage furniture — 10 of our favorite designs and brands.

stainles steel kitchen countert opLinn installed a stainless steel counter top for $300.

Five years into writing this blog, and the great stories just keep coming. Wonder what 2013 will deliver unto us, loyal servants of the Retro Decorating Gods. Sure to be lots more goodness. 🙂


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  1. Marta says

    Retrorenovation has more eye candy per post than any other blog on the web! Here’s to a great 2013! Toasting with post-Christmas strong coffee, of course. 🙂

  2. Pierre Danielsson says

    Hi i have working whid my hous and try to have that to like in 50´s still and i have se some floor on this side and will now wher i can byit this
    Thanks Pierre sweden

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