Howdy Moe, another time capsule warehouse full of old lighting: some 900 boxes of New Old Stock Moe and Moe-Thomas Industries lighting locked up since the early 1970s. Discoverer-Scott has barely begun to process selling all this lighting, which I bumped into for sale on ebay (affiliate link) during my daily search yesterday. I reached out to Scott for permission to feature some of the lighting. He explained:Heck yeah there is more →
Designing a well-functioning furniture layout for a room is one of the most challenging — and arguably the most important — aspects of interior design. I’m changing the furniture in my living room as part of its transformation into my Mahalo Lounge. So before I got too deep into the fun stuff (decorating), I am working to finalize the furniture layout. I am not a professional designer, and don’t know how to use such software (and honestly, I have no desire to learn yet another computer program). Instead, I design my furniture layouts (ala my kitchen cabinet layout) using Excel and Powerpoint and … scissors. Hey, it works well enough for me! Heck yeah there is more →
Less than a month ’til V-Day, wanna plan ahead? Some World of Tile liquidation sale BFFs, who knew I loved making ornament wreaths, stopped by to show me the Lindt chocolate Christmas wreaths that their grandmother had been making for years. “Grandma making something for years” counts as retro to me, so last weekend I invited a friend over to make our own, for Valentine’s Day. We tried three DIY methods, and one was, hands down, the best way to make this sparkly, edible crafty. Heck yeah there is more →
Congratulations to our “The Hard Way Award” winners for 2016: Jim, for the pink bathroom that he built, inspired by his grandmother’s, and Scott and Heidi, for their restoration of the classic 1950s birch kitchen in their Cinderella ranch house. Kudos to all our finalists! And, thanks to everyone who voted!
Hey, do you have a Retro-Renovated kitchen or bathroom that’s “done” — and a The Hard Way story to go with? Contact me, I’ll explain where to sent photos, and I’ll consider you for a story here on the blog. Could be, you’re a 2017 winner!
The oven in Christine’s kitchen — complete with original-finish pink Lyon kitchen cabinets — finally gave up the ghost and could no longer be repaired. A mini-makeover was soon under way — and the “after” — just lovely! Double-happy for me, Christine was able to use our new laminate — Retro Renovation® by Wilsonart First Lady Pink — for the project. Christine has been extremely generous in providing detailed information about the contractors and resources she used. Heck yeah there is more →
I know I often say this, but this 1976 time capsule house for sale in Salem, Oregon, listed by Ty Hildebrand, may be my favorite 1970s time capsule house ever! Thanks to reader Wendy for this time capsule tip! The lines and angles of the house are amazing. The setting and views, too. The house appears to be in amazing, move-in condition — I wouldn’t need to change a thing! And, given that I am the world’s #1 lover of wallpaper, I am in heaven. I spoke to Ty on the phone on Friday, and he told me that the original homeowners used a decorator in Portland, Oregon, who was known for her genius with wallpaper. He also says the wallpaper is so strongly adhered that prospective buyers still looking at the house are considering stucco-ing over it (gasp! horrors!) rather than removing it.
I will bury that thought deep away in my psyche and instead say: Hooray: 40 terrific photos — captured by Cal Curths of HD Open House — sharing this slice of high-style 1976 design, still here for us to admire. Heck yeah there is more →