Enter to win a vintage ornament wreath from Georgia Peachez!

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Suzy of Georgia Peachez

Suzy aka Georgia Peachez

Howdy, hudee — it’s time for our most awaited yearly giveaway on the blog: One lucky winner will win this gorgeous vintage ornament wreath, handcrafted by the Queen o’ Ornament Wreaths, the original trendsetter, the talented Suzy a.k.a. GeorgiaPeachez herself! These wreaths sell out fast in GeorgiaPeachez’s shop, so this is your chance to get one of these coveted creations for yourself. Note: What with Pam’s trip to Pittsburgh and Thanksgiving upon us, we will be taking next week off. Happy happy, everyone — see you on the 30th.Heck yeah there is more →

Can Annie Sloan Chalk Paint transform these kitchen cabinets? Jessica’s retro kitchen before and after

retro kitchenjessicaAfter purchasing her 1960s split-level house, Jessica wanted to dial up the retro in the relatively plain kitchen. Owner of J. Paris Designs, a furniture refinishing and repurposing business, she used her refinishing skills and design know-how, the resources on Retro Renovation, and some help from her husband Dan and dog Harlow to enliven the space. Heck yeah there is more →

Suburbs and the American Dream — The Minnesota History Center puts “Suburbia” on display

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Mrs. Minnesota, Betty Bach, 1958. The Mrs. America contest was promoted as a search for the “best looking and best homemaker among America’s married women.” In 1958, Mrs. Alvin J. Bach of Columbia Heights won the Mrs. Minnesota title. She placed third in the Mrs. America contest. Minnesota Historical Society Collections

I wish I lived closer, because I would really like to see this exhibit, Suburbia, at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. The “American Dream” — it’s a complicated thing. And the suburbs — yes, a complicated part of the complicated American Dream. Heck yeah there is more →

Karlie’s vintage Metters Cook n’ Clean stove — a countertop range and oven combination

vintage metters stoveKarlieOne of the great joys of social media is that it helps us discover all manner of midcentury products that we might otherwise never come across out in the wild. Case in point: Karlie’s amazing vintage Metters Cook n’ Clean oven and stovetop combination — it’s designed to sit totally on the countertop! Karlie — who lives in Australia — and I ‘met’ via the Retro Renovation Facebook page, where she shared this woddity wonder from Down Under — and then we emailed back and forth to get even more photos. Heck yeah there is more →

The color green in kitchen and bathroom sinks, tubs and toilets — from 1928 to 1962

vintage green bathroom fixtures“Ming green — what color is that?” a reader recently asked. Pam had a few examples of this jadeite color in her vintage American Standard catalogs, and she sent Kate to hunt down more. So she headed to a favorite resource, archive.org — and found many more examples of this delicious color from Kohler, Crane, Briggs and Montgomery Ward. Get your eyeballs ready, because Ming Green by any other name — and there are quite a few! — would look as sweet!Heck yeah there is more →

Retro kitchen before and after: More Betty Crocker, less laboratory

Vitralite-kitchen-AFTERWe took a detailed look at Alan’s Vitralite kitchen “Before” yesterday. Now it’s time for our “After.” Our goal with this Retro Design Dilemma was to unify two key, original elements — the vintage Vitralite green wall tiles and the wood cabinets — while also making the room feel warmer and less sterile. Remember: Alan told us yesterday that with all the green glass tile, the kitchen sometimes felt like a combination of Betty Crocker and morgue. Ouch! Fortunately, we think that our design concept shows that, with with the careful addition of warm color and soft surfaces, it is totally possible to bring out the Betty and bye bye the laboratory — transforming this space into a home sweet retro home sweetheart of a space.Heck yeah there is more →