Ideas to decorate a pink bathroom — using classic kitsch designs

vintage pink bathroom ideasFor our last story counting up to 99 ideas to decorate a pink bathroom, we looked for classic kitschy wall decor to use as our design inspiration. How’s about a bathroom designed around: Miller Studios chalkware fish, mermaids, poodles and swans… Sexton black cats… Turner flamingos… Cleminson wall pockets… Turner prints… and album art. Plus, we give you five easy tips to decorate your bathroom with these kitschy collectibles. Let the fun begin! Heck yeah there is more →

10 vintage Armstrong advertising room designs by Louisa Kostich Cowan

retro room decor renderingI have this opinion that Hazel Dell Brown was the most influential residential interior designer of the 20th Century. In 1921, she was hired by Armstrong Flooring to create an interior design team tasked with creating real rooms to show off Armstrong products in advertisements. She was super successful and led interior design there for decades to follow. I have done a lot of research about Hazel Dell Brown, and need to write a big story soon! I will, I promise! Meanwhile, the point of today’s story: Valerie, a longtime reader of this blog, recently scored a big bundle of renderings by a subsequent Armstrong designer, Louisa Kostich Cowan — a Hazel Dell Brown protege who herself went on to lead Armstrong’s interior design department for many years after Dell Brown. Valerie generously spent an afternoon photographing some of the designs — which we are so excited to show here today! Heck yeah there is more →

Amber Shellac, I love you

amber-shellacWell, my dollhouse renovation project is going slowly. Summertime: There are just too many happy diversions! Even so, I did power on to complete the first to-do item on my checklist: Stripping and refinishing the floors. After much research and anxiety about making *the right* decision, I decided to finish the floors with classic, orangey Bulls-Eye Amber Shellac. Bug poop!  Yes: Bug poop, in its liquid form, looks great on my dollhouse floors. I LOVE how they turned out. I LOVE Amber Shellac!Heck yeah there is more →

My 10 favorite flamingo shower curtains + 24 more!

flamingo shower curtainsIn researching our epic series 99 ideas to decorate a pink bathroom, I sure uncovered a lot of flamingo shower curtains. As a followup, Pam set me out on a mission to find my top 10 favorites on the market today, but I became so enamored with what I was finding, I couldn’t stop at just 10. So read on for my top ten favorites plus 24 more fun flamingo designs — enough for a flamboyance! Heck yeah there is more →