• The World According to Pam

    Golly, it’s fun to have your own blog where you can say just whatever you want. Here are stories in which I seek to be *wise*. Take it with a ginormous grain of salt, okay?

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    1. Hi Pam,
      I met your sister Maggie while attending Georgian College in O.S. We dated for a while. I chickened out.. my loss .. just wanted to say hi to her…

    2. Pam! I love love love your blog! I live in St Louis Missouri with some of the most beautiful brick architecture and style elements I’ve ever seen. My mother’s house has tiny blue octagon shaped tile in the upstairs bathroom as well as the front porch (same stuff!). We used to have a pink half bath downstairs until she remodeled in a more modern style :-( all this and my grandmother’s impeccable and beautiful sense of fashion have groomed me to be a vintage diva! I’ve been acquiring many different items from the 40s and 50s to make my eventual home a real time capsule replica. However, at the moment, I’m moving into a rental home built in the early 1900s with metal cabinetry in the kitchen and much of the home unchanged since the 50s. The bathroom fixtures are white…and I’m not allowed to make any significant cosmetic changes to the interior or exterior of the home (including painting any walls! sad face!). I was wondering if you had any advice on how to make the bathroom look more 40s or 50s style without changing any permanent physical elements of the bathroom. It’s very tiny, (i.e. a toilet, tub/shower, and sink all crammed into a space that seems to be approximately 5′x8′) but I want it to pack a serious vintage punch…as serious as I can without changing the tub/sink/toilet/tile…any advice? I’d really appreciate it! :) Thanks so much!

      -Lisa

      p.s. I figured this was as good a place as any to post this question… hope it’s alright :)

    3. I’ve just realized I could have submitted that under retro design dilemma…harumph. Sometimes I’m pretty oblivious…

    4. Victoria u says:

      Pam:my sister is an architect in south america and she needs to find a 1960′s bathroom sink and toilet to replace the ones broken. I have the pictures. Do you have any suggestions?

      • pam kueber says:

        Victoria u, I have no idea about how to source this stuff in South America…

        • Victoria U says:

          Pam: don’t worry I will do the shipping I just need to find them here in the States. By the way, the sink and the toilet are blue color. Thanks.

    5. Victoria u says:

      Thanks I appreciate any advice

      V.

    6. Hi, Hoping you could help or send me in the right direction. I just recently found a 1950′s style sectional couch. I can not find any info on this. In one of the seat was the original purchase receipt with the Mfg name and the store it was purchased from. I could not find anything on either of them. It is a 3 Piece red crush velvet pattern with built in wood end tables. I was told it was sitting in a womans basement for 30 + years and rarley used. It still has the original zip platic on it and the material looks brand new. It is guady but I fell in love with it. I am curious as to the history. I do have pictures but couldn’t figure out how to upload. Any suggestions? Thank you so much for your time. Sandra

    7. george parsons says:

      HI PAM, FOR SOME 18 YEARS NOW I HAVE HAD A REALLY NEAT ORIGINAL KITCHEN SINK SET UP THAT REPLACES THE HOT/COLD AND SPOUT. THERE IS A SIMULAR ONE TO MINE SHOWEN ON SOME OF THE OLD TV EPISODES OF THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, IT IS IN THEIR KITCHEN. THE ONE I HAVE IS THE DELUXE MODEL WITH 2 BLENDERS, SOAP DISPENSER, MORE ATTACHMENTS FOR MIXING, BREAD MAKING AND SO ON. AND WAS IN THE 1962 KITCHEN SHOW IN CALIFORNIA. IT TOOK 1ST. PLACE. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND ANYTHING OUT ABOUT IT. AND I SEEM TO HAVE THE ONLY ONE.SO HOW DOES ONE FIND OUT MORE ON OLD RETRO STUFF LIKE THE UNIT I HAVE?? THANKS, GEORGE

    8. Hi
      I have a 1950s Frigidare steel kitchen cabinet and sink unit. I have had the sink refinished twice by a Mr. Tub place and it does not hold up. I need to have it re-porcelained, of somehow recoated with something that will really hold up. I have only been able to find one place in the US that does porcelain-enamel work and it is quite expensive. Ideas?

      • Look for a new sink. Kohler has one old-style design with hudee rim — see my Kitchens / Sinks category. Or, start stalking ReStore and craigslist for a vintage replacement with a better surface finish.

    9. Where did you get the wallpaper to do that room in the collage style with all the different pieces? I love it and am thinking about doing it in a nursery.

    10. Lauran Howard says:

      Desperate for replacement handles for a Geneva kitchen. We have nursed the handles along 35 years. There are replacements for the plastic/steel handles that have a plate and a handle but now I cannot find those. they are much simpler than the originals but blend it fine. Can anyone help. I have two cabinets without handles now.
      for the record we also have jealousie windows and pink bathroom!!
      Thank you, Lauran

    11. I am just a little house on the prairie gal, and would love to redo my galley kitchen, retro with farm sink and gray/green cupboards. So small you can’t open oven door and dishwasher same time and stand between then (115# – 5′ tall) so you see I am not a big girl. Can I somehow send picture of my teeny tiny galley kitchen, have a great size dinning area………if I fully extend my table, position it catty-wumpus in my eating area, I can seat 10, 2 in my kitchen is a crowd.
      HELP! me if you can.

    12. Dennis Panico says:

      Dear Pam, I was referred to you by World Of Tile about possibly finding a Formica or maybe Wilsonart piece to redo just the top of my vanity. It was basically a sky blue with gold dots…..circa 60/70 from what the tile I bought was from…….Is there any way of finding out if this exists? I am trying to keep it vintage and bought the blue tiles, tub, & wall soap dishes from them…….be nice to refinish just the top of the vanity…..please recommend if possible if available anywhere….Thank you, Dennis

      • pam kueber says:

        Nope, no glitter laminate anywhere that we know of unless you find it vintage. See my category: Kitchens / Countertops for all possible substitutions available in the market today. Good luck.

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