Over the past several years, readers have made hundreds (thousands) of tiny cardboard putz houses aka glitter houses aka Christmas villages — all from the 11 free, midcentury-design putz house patterns created by Kate. Now, Kathryn has taken our putz houses to a whole new level — err, to a whole new size: quarter-inch scale dollhouses. She’s made an entire 1968 neighborhood of nine midcentury houses, complete with dolls and cars and just about every itsy bit you can imagine. So creative! Lets’ take a look >> Heck yeah there is more →
Do you want to build a midcentury modern or midcentury modest house from original plans? It is indeed possible: via the library of 84 original 1960s and 1970s house plans available at FamilyHomePlans.com aka The Garlinghouse Company. The 84 plans are in their Retro Home Plans Library here. Above: The 1,080 sq. ft. ranch house #95000 — golly — I think there were about a million of these — likely more — built back in the day. This little three-bedroom, two-bath house is about all anyone needs! Note, the company told me there is no date visible on the original plans. I think this design could date back to the 1950s.Heck yeah there is more →
Just two years after finishing a complete remodel of their 1960 midcentury kitchen, Drew and Amy finished a gut remodel of their bathroom — and as is the way of projects featured on this blog, it’s a retro remodel that looks like it’s always been there. Read on for their story and for the resources they used >> Heck yeah there is more →
Oh happy day, another patterned vinyl sheet kitchen flooring — with real color — new to the market: Kahlo from IVC. Again, I’d need to see it in person, but this looks like it really has color — even more so than the similar-look Mannington floor that I featured last week. This IVC flooring now really truly reminds me of the flooring that was put into my kitchen in 1976! Heck yeah there is more →
Early in my estate-sale-hunting life, I discovered vintage linen tea towels. It seemed that every home I entered had a stash of vintage linen tea towels — unused — many still with their labels — finally unpacked from a drawer and now for sale. These also are abundant on ebay, at very reasonable prices.Heck yeah there is more →
They’re back — the cute little ceramic reindeer ornaments great for your vintage ornament wreaths! Get the pair for $10 at Target. Thanks, Laura Jean, for this great tip!
UPDATE 10/16: Looks like we gave ’em the Retro Renovation bump and they’re sold out already online. My tip: Head to the store. That’s where I found mine last year!
- Get to our famous wreath-making tutorial and all our examples here.