Retro Renovation http://retrorenovation.com Remodeling, decor and home improvement for mid century and vintage homes Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:11:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Dorothy Draper, drafty houses, pink bathrooms — and coffee: Friday link love http://retrorenovation.com/2015/02/27/dorothy-draper/ http://retrorenovation.com/2015/02/27/dorothy-draper/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:30:25 +0000 http://retrorenovation.com/?p=118085 A new weekly feature: Friday Link Love. As jammed as the interwebs are with link bait (deceptive headlines leading to useless content) and scrapers (sites that try to survive by copying others’ original content), there certainly are gems — true reporters and creators of unique original content — out there. Every Friday, I’ll spotlight a few, including […]

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Friday-Link-Love-logo250A new weekly feature: Friday Link Love. As jammed as the interwebs are with link bait (deceptive headlines leading to useless content) and scrapers (sites that try to survive by copying others’ original content), there certainly are gems — true reporters and creators of unique original content — out there. Every Friday, I’ll spotlight a few, including from tips I may get from readers. And most assuredly, I won’t show you anything that looks like gravy (!) — (read on and you’ll understand…)

#1 — Pink Bathrooms: “Get with the program, people!”

  • pink-bathroom-leo-carilloPink Bathrooms: Hot or not? I think that the Bergen Record thinks they are!  — Reporter Kathy Lynn wrote a great story, including input from a long interview with Defender o’ The Pink aka me.

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#2 — “Unchanging blandness seems to depress the human soul”

Designers and homeowners need to remember that it is sometimes OK to live in an imperfect house — one that feels a little hot in July and a little cold and drafty in January. In fact, this type of imperfect house might be more affordable (or even “greener”) than an expensive Passivhaus…. If you take this approach, you might discover that your imperfect house is fine just the way it is.

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#3 and #4 — Dorothy Draper: “Show me nothing that looks like gravy!”

  • Dorothy Draper Library of Congress photoThe Wall Street Journal recently wrote about Dorothy Draper (I’m sending you to the google page – it’s the first story — a trick that crafty Colleen discovered gets us behind the paywall) — one of the 20th Century’s most influential interior designers, including during the postwar era. Reporter David Colman points out that there is not just one definition of mid-century design: Draper shrugged off restrained “gray-scale elegance” and instead, designed in “Technicolor Colonial.”He visited The Greenbrier, one of her colorful tours de force, and said:

A century ago, people came to “take the waters” for their rheumatism—but today, victims of seasonal affective disorder should come and take the colors.

Well, Dorothy wasn’t a minimalist, by any means. She used to say in her magnificent way, “Show me nothing that looks like gravy!” No fabrics that look beige, gray or mousy or gravy-like.

I take great (colorful) comfort that the great DD would agree with me re: today’s drab Greige Nation.

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# 5 — I love coffee, yes, I do!

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Throwback ’72: Corelle’s new True Blue pattern — a riff on 1970s Old Town Blue http://retrorenovation.com/2015/02/26/corelle-true-blue-old-town-blue/ http://retrorenovation.com/2015/02/26/corelle-true-blue-old-town-blue/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:30:12 +0000 http://retrorenovation.com/?p=117915 Yup: Corelle. The company knows a rockin’ retro opportunity when it sees one, and recently introduced a new pattern — True Blue — based on its popular 1972 design Old Town Blue. To come up with the new design — carefully researched among several other options — Corelle reversed the original Old Town Pattern (positive […]

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Corelle Old Town BlueYup: Corelle. The company knows a rockin’ retro opportunity when it sees one, and recently introduced a new pattern — True Blue — based on its popular 1972 design Old Town Blue. To come up with the new design — carefully researched among several other options — Corelle reversed the original Old Town Pattern (positive became negative), tweaked the scale, and chose a fresh new color. We love the entire project! Yay for 1972! Props to reader Laura, who tipped us to this reissue.  

Corelle True Blue pattern

Corelle True Blue

The story of Corelle Old Time Blue

We reached out to Corelle’s PR department and connected with Lindsay Rigg, who supplied the vintage advertisements of Old Town Blue as well as the following info:

We are really excited about this pattern and how we were able to take a classic Corelle pattern, Old Town Blue, revitalize it, contemporize it and bring it back to the market in a big way.  I reached out to my design team in Corning, New York, to gain their perspective on how they approached the project and brought True Blue to life.  Below is their response:

We started the initial development of True Blue in the summer of 2012. At this point we were exploring a potential vintage inspired collection across multiple patterns. Retro/vintage was a very strong trend we were seeing at the time. We also noted the popularity of vintage Corelle online.

Corelle Old Town Blue

We focused on five Corelle patterns from the 1970s — Butterfly Gold, Macrame, Old Town Blue, Spring Blossom Green and Woodland Brown. The goal was to create something that kept some aspects of the original pattern but also gave the pattern a fresh new spin.

The question became, what is it about the old patterns that is most attractive or recognizable, and what would translate best in today’s market. Is it the colors or the motifs? And how far can you stretch the old pattern before it becomes unrecognizable?

Corelle Old Town Blue

Four designs made it to the finals in Product Development

We experimented with a lot of different variations. Some were very close to the original pattern, some really pushed the envelope.

corelle dishes

Above: 10.25″ dinner plates — top is Old Town Blue pattern, bottom is True Blue.

Ultimately we ended up with the layout that is now True Blue—this keeps the artwork the same as the original Old Town Blue on the bread and butter plate, but has new layouts with larger, reversed out elements on the dinner and lunch plates. At the time there were still two color options—a cobalt blue that was very close to the original Old Town Blue color, and a new aqua.

We also had a version of this layout for Spring Blossom Green and Butterfly Gold, both staying close to the original colors of those patterns ….

Next, it was up to the consumers to tell us which version they preferred. We put all four options in consumer research in early 2013. True Blue scored well and was thus chosen for launch.

Corelle True Blue pattern

Any more vintage-inspired reissues coming?

We asked whether any of the other patterns developed — the Spring Blossom Green and Butterfly Gold — might be coming to market next. Corelle told us:

At this time we are not moving forward with any additional vintage inspired patterns.  A larger collection was created but our consumer research really showed that True Blue was the clear winner.

Corelle Corner — the personal blog of a Corelle collector and enthusiast — has a lot of great information about Old Town Blue and all of Corelle’s historic patterns — it’s an impressive site! Corelle Corner says that Old Town Blue was designed by artist Cynthia Gerow in 1972. Its inspiration was the very old Meissen blue onion pattern.

I also found this short video showcasing the True Blue pattern.

Where to buy Corelle True Blue — and Old Town Blue is still made, too

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15 new mosaic floor tile designs for a retro vintage style bathroom http://retrorenovation.com/2015/02/25/15-mosaic-floor-tile-retro-vintage/ http://retrorenovation.com/2015/02/25/15-mosaic-floor-tile-retro-vintage/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:30:40 +0000 http://retrorenovation.com/?p=117715 A hot tip from reader Shawn led us to discover Classic Tile Inc. — an all-new source (to us) for mosaic tile flooring options perfect for a retro-vintage style bathroom. The New York based company offers two retro mosaic floor tile designs in 15 colorways, including some very hard-to-find-elsewhere pastels. And, the price is right: We talked to the sales staff […]

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retro mosaic flooringA hot tip from reader Shawn led us to discover Classic Tile Inc. — an all-new source (to us) for mosaic tile flooring options perfect for a retro-vintage style bathroom. The New York based company offers two retro mosaic floor tile designs in 15 colorways, including some very hard-to-find-elsewhere pastels. And, the price is right: We talked to the sales staff — the price for these tiles is $3.50 – $4 per square foot.

8 random mosaic design colorways

retro bathroom floor tile

If these tiles look familiar to you, it is because they appear to be nearly identical to the Merola University Pink tiles I installed in my retro pink bathroom remodel. The only difference I can tell — without having seen the tile in person — is that instead of having straight edges, each of these tiles has a wavy edge.

There is a price difference too — Merola’s University tile is $9.26 per square foot — with free shipping to your local Home Depot. Classic Tile’s mosaic flooring is $3.50 per square foot — although you will need to pay shipping based on distance and weight.

Like Merola’s University line, Classic Tile Inc. offers this random mosaic pattern in pink …

retro bathroom floor tile… blue …

retro bathroom floor tile… grey …

retro bathroom floor tile… bone …

retro bathroom floor tile… white …

retro bathroom floor tileand beige … BUT …

retro bathroom floor tile… Classic Tile Inc. also has a few more color combinations, such as the gold above…

retro bathroom floor tile… and black and white.

8 one-inch mosaic colorways

retro bathroom floor tileIn addition to their random mosaics, Classic Tile Inc. offers eight colorways of 1-1/8 inch, rounded square mosaics for $4 per square foot. We particularly love the colorways that have several variations of the main color plus white. It appears that the majority of the tiles on these square mosaic designs have a textured surface, with a few random gloss tiles sprinkled in here and there. I really like the pink and would have considered it had I known of its availability when I was constructing my pink bathroom.

retro bathroom floor tileThis versatile little mosaic tile also is available in blue …

retro bathroom floor tile… in gold …

retro bathroom floor tile… in beige …

retro bathroom floor tile… in white …

retro bathroom floor tile… in bone …

retro bathroom floor tile… and in  black and white.

Classic Tile told us that they will mail samples for the cost of shipping.

Kudos to Shawn for this new discovery! Yay for some more apropriate options for tile flooring — yay for more options for us Retro Renovators!

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