Retro Renovation http://retrorenovation.com Remodeling, decor and home improvement for mid century and vintage homes Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:30:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 1927 drugstore soda fountain — Adams and Bright in Hamburg, Pennsylvania http://retrorenovation.com/2014/10/24/drugstore-soda-fountain-adams-bright/ http://retrorenovation.com/2014/10/24/drugstore-soda-fountain-adams-bright/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:30:43 +0000 http://retrorenovation.com/?p=112386 Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap is at it again — in her third, very delightful video financed by her successful Kickstarter campaign, she profiles Adams and Bright — a 1906 drugstore in Hamburg, Pa., that still operates its time capsule 1927 soda fountain. Watch it and learn: Why old drugstores added soda fountains to begin […]

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Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap is at it again — in her third, very delightful video financed by her successful Kickstarter campaign, she profiles Adams and Bright — a 1906 drugstore in Hamburg, Pa., that still operates its time capsule 1927 soda fountain. Watch it and learn: Why old drugstores added soda fountains to begin with — now we know!

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Modfire — midcentury modern style fire pits hand made in the USA http://retrorenovation.com/2014/10/23/midcentury-modern-fire-pits/ http://retrorenovation.com/2014/10/23/midcentury-modern-fire-pits/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:30:10 +0000 http://retrorenovation.com/?p=113426 As temperatures start to drop, it seems like there’s nothing better than cozying up around a warm fire — a ritual made even more fun when gathering around a stylish fire pit. The folks at Modfire make three different styles of modern fire pits that are available in an array of colors and sizes — plus, each […]

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retro modern fire pitAs temperatures start to drop, it seems like there’s nothing better than cozying up around a warm fire — a ritual made even more fun when gathering around a stylish fire pit. The folks at Modfire make three different styles of modern fire pits that are available in an array of colors and sizes — plus, each one is hand made by skilled metal workers right here in the USA. 

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According to company co-founder Brandon Williams, Modfire was started in 2010, and business has been going strong for the last four years.

About the company from the Modfire website:

Each Modfire is crafted in the same Arizona studio where we designed the very first one for our own patio. Modfire was born and raised in the USA, and each Modfire product is hand-crafted with the passion and quality that can only come from being American-made. Typically a single artisan will work with a Modfire through the entire manufacturing process – ensuring that each weld is firm and each curve is smooth.

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We founded our steel studio to create custom installations and furniture for high-end residential and commercial projects. Each individual piece had to be perfectly formed as a unique element of the overall design. There was no room for error.

We bring that same sense of detail to our Modfire Collection. These are not mass produced assembly line cutouts. We individually craft each piece by hand,  a metal artist is involved in the production of every component. Each one has its own personality. The quality we strive for is not of a manufactured fireplace – stamped out by machines, but of a hand-crafted functional sculpture.

retro modern fire pitPrices for the fire pits starts at $950, and though that is not inexpensive, remember, these are hand made in the U.S.

The fire pits are made from 14 gauge rolled steel — with the exception of the Solfire, which is made from 1/8th plate steel — and are powder coated to provide a vibrant, protective and long lasting finish. A variety of colors are available — from vibrant reds and oranges to cool aquas and greens — and neutrals like black and copper.

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Above: The starburst shaped ‘Astrofire’ is reminiscent of footed midcentury planters, with its boldly colored bowl sitting atop a platform of slanted legs.

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retro modern fire pitAbove: The ‘Solfire’ has a playful, modern look.

retro modern fire pitModfire’s original design — the ‘Urbanfire’ comes in the widest variety of colors and options. For outdoor use, it can be configured to burn wood, natural gas. There’s also an indoor model, the ‘hausfire,’ that is fueled with ethanol.

While the standard size for the Urbanfire design is four feet tall, Modfire also offers an extra large model in this style, called the ‘bonfire’ — measuring in at an impressive seven feet tall.

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Black and white tile bathrooms — done 5 different ways http://retrorenovation.com/2014/10/22/black-white-tile-bathrooms/ http://retrorenovation.com/2014/10/22/black-white-tile-bathrooms/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:30:27 +0000 http://retrorenovation.com/?p=113677 Black and white tile bathrooms are a popular choice with many readers, for good reasons: They are suitable for prewar and early postwar houses… It’s easy to vary the look just by changing wall colors… And because tile doesn’t get more basic and “white” and “black”, they can be put together relatively affordably. Here are […]

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black-and-white-tile-bathroomsBlack and white tile bathrooms are a popular choice with many readers, for good reasons: They are suitable for prewar and early postwar houses… It’s easy to vary the look just by changing wall colors… And because tile doesn’t get more basic and “white” and “black”, they can be put together relatively affordably. Here are five black-and-white tile bathrooms created by readers — let’s take a look a at the variations they’ve come up with. 

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1. Chris’ black and white tile bathroom includes a tile ‘rug’ — he did all this work himself, too! And, read his money saving trick to save 50%-67% on liner tile.

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2. Dave and Fran’s new black and white bathroom in their 1938 home was inspired by a bathroom in one of our time capsule homes. Note the small hex floor tiles and the 6″ black wall base – nice.

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Time capsule bathroom that inspired Dave’s bathroom remodel — this house had FIVE PASTEL BATHROOMS! Photo courtesy of Real Estate Agent Susan Cassidy.

Above: Dave and Fran’s black and white bathroom was by this black and white in a time capsule house with five vintage bathrooms.

vintage-black-and-white-tile-bathroom3.  Dawn used 4″ wall tiles (not subway tiles) in her bathroom remodel — like the inspiration bathroom above. Want to be more post-World-War II authentic? Use 4″ squares, not subways. But it’s your house, both are surely beautiful.

1930s-bathroom4. Pam’s sister-in-law Amy used honed marble flooring to the bathroom in her 1930s Romantic Revival house. Yes, she also used green trim tile, which makes this not officially just black-and-white. But, it does hint at how you could extend your budget by making the mass of your tile (relatively) affordable black-and-white tile — but then spend a little more on a trim or liner tile with a carefully considered color.

black and white bathroom5. Pam’s mom wanted a 1940s style black-and-white tile bathroom, too. The floor is small mosaics… and Pam repainted the vanity black. Virtually everything in this bathroom can be purchased (relatively) inexpensively at a big box store like Home Depot or Lowes.

See all of our stories about readers and their bathrooms

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