• 479 photos of readers’ homes, projects, decor & more: Uploader is “on”: Share your photos, too!

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    Update: Uploader is now closed, and wow! Readers uploaded 479 photos. Grab a cuppa, sit back — and enjoy! Thanks, everyone, for uploading! Howdy hudee, it’s our first photo uploader of 2014. No narrow focus for this one, I say: Just strut your stuff! No particular topic for this one — reader’s choice. Let’s see […]

    BIG NEWS: Retro Renovation heading to The Hukilau 2014 — The Final Aloha!


    BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, we are still jumping up and down and squealing with excitement: This June 11-15, 2014 marks the last Hukilau — the famous tiki-extravaganza that has been held annually in Fort Lauderdale since 2003 — “the most authentic tiki event in the world!” And we’ll be there — leading a panel of tiki design […]

    Some of the Best of Retro Renovation


    Welcome to all the voters — and potential new readers — coming over to take a look during finals week of the Apartment Therapy Homies Awards. I’ve been blogging here daily for more than six years — and recently Kate became my first employee. Together, we have a laser focus on helping owners of mid-century […]

    1942 Thanksgiving with the Landis family, Neffsville, Penn.


    Flash back to 1942 — and let’s take a look at how the family of Mr. and Mrs. Earle Landis of Neffsville, Pennsylvania celebrated Thanksgiving. These wonderful photographs, taken by Marjory Collins, are part of the Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information’s collection, which captures an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 […]

    Lifelogger Melanie Mowinski’s Visual Diary — 19 years of daily records, each day the size of a postage stamp

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    Stop right now and click on the image above. It will enlarge to 1500 pixels wide, and you will see just one example of the epic work of my friend Melanie Mowinski. She is an art professor, artist and “lifelogger”, and the image here is a copy of her visual diary for 2011. In real life, […]

    Win a vintage Shiny Brite wreath made by Georgia Peachez

    ENTRIES NOW CLOSED. Update: Congratulations to Lynne, winner of this year’s Georgia Peachez wreath. It turns out, we’ve featured Lynne and her knotty-pine + pink bathroom in this story!  Thanks, everyone, for playing — we’ll do it again next year! P.S. My friend Danielle and I made our own wreaths last night — they turned […]

    Win a vintage Shiny Brite ornament wreath — made by Georgia Peachez

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    Yes. This one broke too. Long story. New link posted above! All entries so far count. 

    Win a vintage Shiny Brite ornament wreath — made by Georgia Peachez

    Saturday morning update: Drats the technology, after a flood of 500 comments today, this post is acting funky — so this post is now “redirected” to the one above. Even though you cannot see them, ALL THE COMMENTS here COUNT!  .