Yankee Magazine spotlights Retro Renovation

retro renovation in yankee magazineWoot! The September/October issue of Yankee Magazine features a six-page spread on guess who’s kitchen … and house … and most importantly, the Retro Renovation tribe. Yes, that is me you spy rockin’ the retro polka dots. 

yankee-coverFor those of you outside of New England, Yankee is the premier regional magazine covering travel and lifestyle — read by 1.7 million readers nationwide. The story — starts on page 48 — is all wonderful publicity for our cause: Cultivating ever more widespread love for the many varieties of (mostly) humble homes built all across America after World War II.

If you are in New England and want to grab a copy, this leaf-peeping issue of Yankee is now on newsstands. For those of you outside the area, Yankee tells me there will be an online feature at some point this month or next. I’ll add a link as soon as it’s up.

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  1. says

    As a Mass girl born and bred, I know that when you’ve made it to Yankee Magazine you’ve hit the big time – congrats Pam! I do love the fact that this exposes the “Retro Renovation Nation” to a larger audience, as it hopefully will make that large readership look at the things that are so dear to all of us (pink bathrooms, knotty pine, formica, “mid century modest” sized houses, etc) in a new light – worth praising and not replacing.

    As a fellow Retro Blogger I also once again take my leopardskin pillbox hat off to you for the hard work you put into your site, not only in terms of quality, but quantity. Always awesome when your efforts are being recognized!

    And finally – as many folks have said – you do give the vibe that this is one big tribe and we’re all “friends” here – I love how that camaraderie comes so easily here.

    Proud to be a reader, and I know that my fam back up in New England will be cutting out your article and mailing it to me :-)

    Beth / Mod B

  2. JKaye says

    I just want to remind everyone that Pam and retrorenovation.com have been in the New York Times too! This article is another well-deserved honor. Congratulations!

  3. J D Log says

    Congratulations Pam and Kate looking forward to the link to read the story. Perhaps you should have a readers upload on polka dot items, but I am biased as I do collect polka dot items.
    In answer to Mary Elizabeth’s question as far as I can work out in Sydney Australia it is popular in the inner city like it use to be in the early 80’s. I purchase 95% of my ebay items in Victoria and South Australia. Saying that and being connected with the old car scene there are many more 50’s car themed shows and the 1950’s show at Rose Seidler house has grown immensely since I attended the 1st show and the new generation of Rockabilly has kept this tradition alive.
    I live the 50-60’s live style and have noticed the younger people at work ask me questions about it with my sideburns and daily driver 1969 Valiant So in summary in Sydney the 50-60’s fashion, music and cars have their following but not many people are preserving there houses unfortunately in my area a lot of 50’s houses are getting gutted or bulldozed on a regular basis. Mostly only original owners are preserving houses.
    I welcome any Australians comments on this issue. It is up to us all to be ambassadors for this era with younger people weather it be the music, cars, houses, lifestyle or history otherwise it will die out and be lost to time

  4. Scott says

    Very nice! Looking forward to the reading and seeing the online feature, the photos look adorable, and perfectly lit too. Was the photographer merely a genius of digital or did they bring in supplemental professional lighting too?

  5. John says

    Congratulations! You put so much work into spreading the word that folks like us who adore 1940s to 1970s design are not alone! Years ago, I thought gee it’s 1990 and I am still using things and decorating with things from the 1960s and I would not have it any other way (and I can tell you that in 1990 people actually thought it was funny and just gave away things to me from the 1960s for FREE!) PS Yankee is a great magazine and being from the NE I have read Yankee for years and I have some issues dating back to, what else, the 1960s!

  6. says

    Congrats Pam and Kate!! I want to get my hands on that issue!!! It’s wonderful how you have made such a difference in so many homes and lives. RR deserves to be a nationally known go-to hot spot!!! I can see in the future – you and Kate on a cool little RR talk show!!!! :)

  7. Angela says

    Congratulations! I would love to see Pam with a show on HGTV. It’s so disheartening to watch some of these shows especially the kitchen makeover shows in which they destroy the most beautiful retro kitchens. It would be nice to see a program that showcases the homes we see on this website and how people are restoring these types of homes.

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