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Whether you own a mid-century home or simply love the retro look, you’ve found your place for: New product recommendations for your home renovation projects … inspirational vintage images … stories of other readers’ homes … quirky info about the 40s, 50s, 60s & 70s design ethic… and a community of homeowners dedicated to cherishing their postwar ranch, cape, colonial, contemporary, split-level and bungalow homes. Welcome — and here’s a roadmap to help you get started.

Use our navigation to see our research and help find what you need:

  1. Head for the blue bar bar to look for help with products to complete your renovation projects, to decorate or accessories –>


  1. Click on any title — Kitchen Help, Bathroom Help, etc. — and you will go to an expanded sub-directory (in orange) of more items in that section –>


  • Best idea: Come back every day — you never know what fun I’ll serve up.

The Search box works pretty well, too!

  • Looking for something else? Seriously, the Search box at the top works really well.

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And, if you have some more time, see my other little website, Save The Pink Bathrooms.

And please, take care when renovating!

Important: We all care very much about managing environmental and safety issues properly, so when undertaking your restoration project, be sure to consult with your own properly licensed professionals to familiarize yourself to assess what you are dealing with/working with so that you can make informed decisions regarding these materials, and also about the proper disposal of debris, etc.. For example, the EPA hosts a website on lead in the home and a website on asbestos in the home. For more info and links see our Be Safe/Renovate page here.


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  1. says

    You got that right. Let me know if you find anything. We found some at trader joes online, but they cost more than what you want to spend on a tooth brush. And apparently ones with skinny handles, mean you are cheap and you don’t really wanna clean your teeth. Ha.

  2. NishiKM says

    Thank you, Pam!!! I love your site. My husband and I just bought a 1964 split level and although there’s been some “updates” over the years, it’s got a lot of its original character. We’re both vintage lovers and decided that bringing it back to it’s former glory is the way to go. Your site has been both inspiring and informative. I hope to send in some pics very soon. Our neighborhood is full of late 50’s/early 60’s gems. Also would love to see any posts you might have about medallion home (we have a little round plaque below our doorbell) and those very cool fixed windows in amber glass so common in 60’s homes.

  3. Christine says

    Pam –
    Our 1949 Los Angeles suburb home was remodeled in the early 60’s. We had a new “built in” kitchen that opened into the new family room. We put in the aqua range, aqua double wall oven, aqua fridge AND the aqua Formica low bar with gold and white flecks!!! When we sold the house in 2006, we had the same aqua Formica bar – Mom and Dad had replaced all the appliances by then.
    Aw, I wish I had all that in the home I have now. There is nothing like those old kitchens, bathrooms and built-in alcoves.
    I remember going to the local Sears & Roebuck and just loving all the colorful kitchens and bathrooms they had set up in their different departments. I wanted the red bathroom. Of course, no way!
    Thanks for your site!!

    • pam kueber says

      Welcome, Christine. Ahhh, but for the kitchens, bathrooms and alcoves of our past. What is your story now, C?

  4. says

    Hello! I just stumbled across your blog and I think I’m in love. I’m new to the retro/mid century/vintage living and I am constantly looking for new inspiration! I can’t wait to read more…

  5. S.J. says

    I have a 1935 Tudor Cottage and we are uncovering the carpeted floors. For the most part we have old wooden floors that we believe are restore-able. We have run across some old brick-look vinyl flooring in the dining room that we plan to cover with new wood floors, but it extends too far into the living room and we need to cut it out. Why it’s like that, we don’t know. It’s weird that they extended it so far. It curves out into the living room and up to the front door…like an entry way that sent you into the dining area. The vinyl flooring is attached to some kind of backing that we can’t identify on top of plywood. We can pull it up, but are concerned that it may be an asbestos product. If we knew what year it was put down we might feel better about cutting it up and getting it out of here. I would sure feel better if I thought it was laid in the 80s. Any advice?

  6. joyce's jane says

    not sure where to ask this but does anyone have plans to build a boomerang shaped coffee table?

    so glad that my aunt joyce has joined in. She knows so much about a lot of this kind of stuff.

    we seem to have a lot of janes so i will call myself
    joyce’s jane.

  7. maureen barnet says

    came upon your website by accident I happen to be looking for 2 3/4 ” pulls for my St.Charles cabinets your site was quite helpful. I am also looking for a source for the wheels on my draws and the nipple and spring closures for my cabinet doors. I would appreciate and help or direction that I can get. Thanks mightymojo