midcentury-asian-doorLast July we got our first look at Cindy’s 60s ranch home in Holyoke, Massachusetts. A real midcentury time-capsule beauty that needed some work – and which she has been accomplishing with great sensitivity to its original lines and features. In August last summer, I went to visit Cindy, as we live only an hour away. How delightful to be sitting here today – in my cold computer cave, 20 degrees outside – and see proof that warm July and August will be here soon enough. Several photos from Cindy’s house were featured in an earlier post, but I took a bundle more, featured here today. In particular, I was entranced by the many small, yet very carefully

selected, details within the house – from that beautiful Asian-style doorknob — to the porch light – to the can lighting – and on and on. Oh – the “Goldwater in ’64?” It’s a bumper sticker I picked up at an estate sale and brought for Cindy as a little housewarming. For the graphics, we didn’t talk politics! And wouldn’t you know it, it matches her kitchen.

Click through for 28 wonderful photos in all!

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I must admit, right up front, that I am a terrible guest when I go to see reader homes. I immediately become the absent-minded professor eagle-eying every feature outside before I can even get up to the doorway to shake hands. I think Cindy understood, because we’d met before. Apologies again, Cindy, I’m working on my interpersonal skills especially when doing retro recon. But oh my goodness: Look at the pole lamp. A real beauty! Likely from Moe or Progress or Thomas Industries.  Fantastic!

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And there’s more — a matching outdoor wall sconce. If the tour had stopped right here I’d have been happy.

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Walk inside Cindy’s front door and there is delight in every direction. She’s painted her living room walls a lovely butterscotch color. Love the rug, and the modern sofa! Glance at the ceiling, we’ll get a close up of those recessed can lights in a moment.

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A fabulous marble brick fireplace separates the kitchen and dining area from the living room. No question, the more I see these gorgeous fireplace structures, the more I want want want. And these white bricks are fantastic. I wonder how much it would cost to replicate this fireplace today.

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Cindy added this floor. It is Amtico resilient tile (vinyl, Cindy?), and what I found so cool about it was the flooring contractor used “welds” – some sort of plastic flooring pieces – between each tile – this gives the effect of grout and is an option to butting the tiles up against each other. A really nice look to consider. However, Cindy says that the contractor may have used too much adhesive because it bubbles up and is a bear to clean.

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We’ve seen Cindy’s bathroom before, but in this close up, I want to point out the recessed metal cabinets right behind the sinks. The long shiny metal installation includes swirl-around toothbrush holders flanking each side. And in the center, a recessed cabinet with sliding mirrored doors. AWESOME! This kind of installation was made by companies like Miami-Carey. I actually bought one on ebay last year. It arrived broken in a million pieces. And then the seller shafted me on the refund even after I sent it back to him. I bet I might be able to replicate/find this product for readers today; stay tuned, it’s on my list. A wonderful way to add space if you have a countertop run. And note: Cindy has made some really well-done cosmetic updates to this bathroom since August. Look for that post next week!

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An original 60s chandelier in Cindy’s kitchen. Simply divine.

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I believe this was in the hallway.. I love the modern lines in a colonial lantern arrangement. A truly wonderful fixture.

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These recessed eyeball cans were throughout the living room. These can still be found among the companies identified in our Lighting Page.

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I gotta show this again. Cindy completely renovated her kitchen. The cabinets are laminate – a totally authentic choice, especially as you enter the 60s … she has a granite countertop and it looks great … and she stenciled the backsplash herself (goes under heading of: Some Therapy). Notice the butterscotch ties to the living room, too.
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A simple but just lovely hall light with that little added something: Starbursts in the glass.

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Even on the patio – a milk glass-meets-disco globe! The people who built this house know how to live – and had some dough-re-mi at their disposal!

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Another wonderful kitchen light!

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Cindy added these new pendants (from Lightolier, I think she told me) to her kitchen.0

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Yes: Wood panelling (cherry, me thinks) in the living room, and a Nutone speaker system.

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You’re looking at wonderful vintage 60s Romany Spartan tile — and a laundry chute! I love laundry chutes. Don’t have one, goshdarnit. There was a really cool one in the St. Louis time capsule house – photo coming soon.

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Vintage clock.

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A real dream house. Thank you, Cindy, for you wonderful hospitality and for finding this great home such a caring owner!

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  1. sandy retroSpective says:

    I’ve just seen this one for the 1st time. Just ADORE the house and how sensitively and exquisitely Cindy has reworked it. I love the new kitchen, and, like her many other admirers here, am in awe of the great stencilling job she did, and gorgeous pattern she chose to do it in! I also envy that beautiful front door. Great house!

  2. Jason says:

    Nice home, Cindy….Did you have a cabinet maker build your kitchen cabinets? Materials? Cost? Thanks. Am thinking about re-ding my kitchen and am curious. Thank, jason in Florida

  3. Sheana says:

    Amazing job, Cindy! Absolutely beautiful. I am beyond jealous, but I do so love living vicariously though everyone else!

  4. ET says:

    the flooring appears to be Amtico… they offer a product made out of vinyl that they call “feature strip” it comes in vairous colors and metals to appear like a grout line.. you can order it in any color they make… or you used to be able to.. I am a former employee. I hear they have ceased opertaion in their residential divison but are still operating on the commercial side ( can be used residentially)

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