Today we meet Rachel, Brian, and their pug Chloe… and look at their recent project to renovate their lovely 1920s yellow bathroom. The bathroom also features an unusually configured shower that stumps even my experts. Rachel writes:
Hi Pam, I’ve been a reader for quite a while, and LOVE your site!Heck yeah there is more →
Whether you are mad for Mad Men or simply love to mix the old with the new, finding retro style holiday decorations has never been easier. Case in point: The cover of this season’s Sundance holiday catalog (above). They give their vintage reproduction light-up snowman a “10 on the retro-hip coolness scale.” This holiday season I am seeing more products than ever to bring a little of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s into your home. From sweet and nostalgic to sleek and atomic, mid-century is really hot – and guaranteed to put a big smile on the worst Scrooge in the family. Ready to deck your halls? Here are some of my top finds for retro-style holiday decorations this season. Readers – send me your finds to add to our list! Picks so far:Heck yeah there is more →
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Many thanks to Mel for letting me feature this Artist Trading Card — it’s just perfect. See more of her wonderful work here on flickr. And, you can read her blog, Much About Stuff, here.
Need a new/old couch and chair? Oh my heart be still — look at this set — in a super-delicious color that I would call “lipstick coral” — all original upholstery — a rare and wonderful weave called “frieze”. It’s for sale currently on the Forum (now closed.)
The seller Douglass says:
“I actually bought this set from a lady in CA who bought it from deadstock. The CA lady used it in her “home theater” – seriously? – but, I swear, no popcorn grease! At the time I bought the set, I was self-employed and setting up a home office, but, alas, regular employment reared its ugly head and I’m taking a new direction with that room. I hope I did the listing right – I’m a newbie. Love your site!”
Thank you, Douglass, including for permission to show the photos. The set is in Chadds Ford, Pa. One thing to watch out for with these old sofas, I think, is whether they upholstery is all dried out. And lifting them: They tend to be built like tanks.
Gettin’ ready for the big eatin’ festivities…and the gift decisions to follow? This sweetheart of a print by Jenn Ski has both bases covered. It comes matted and ready for 11″ x 14″ framing. Perfect for a few kitchens I’ve seen recently on Retro Renovation. Jenn Ski holds a special place in my heart, because she was the first person to link to my blog, two years ago. See Jenn’s etsy store here.
At the big ole Black Friday sales comin’ up, I might have to get me some of these Martha Stewart novelty flannel sheets. I want to hibernate all winter cuddled up with plaid scottie dogs, snowmen, penguins and snowflakes. The sheets are already on sale on line at Macy’s, but you know there will be coupons and such raining down from the advertising heavens shortly.
Berry contributed the 1,000th photo to our Save The Pink Bathrooms flickr pool. As a token of appreciation, this vintage apron – never used – is on its way to her. I bought this apron at the amazing Adams time capsule house. The fabric is a polished chintz – really nice – and I love the little terry cloth towel detail, which I have never seen before. Thank you, Berry, I hope you put it to good use. 🙂
Guest post today from Richard Wills and Dave Stuhlsatz, of Royal Barry Wills Associates, another of this architectural firm’s occasional essays on mid-century architecture, design and related issues. – Pam
Choosing colors can be an exhausting or exhilarating activity for a homeowner. Few other decisions offer such a bewildering array of choices and have such a significant visual impact. Even for traditional homes, where you can use history as a guide, getting things to look right requires some experimentation—and several trips back to the paint store. No designer or architect can claim the final word on what the best choices may be, but we can share some of our experience on the subject. Heck yeah there is more →
Here is something you’ve never seen my site: A house built in 1890. But… think again…because this Victorian mansion, built on a stately hill in the shadow of Mount Greylock in Adams, Mass, is the very same mid-century time capsule of estate sale fame two weeks ago. The time capsule here and here and here. The house was extensively renovated in 1952…then, there was more work done in the late 60s or early 70s. In the market? [Update: Sold.]