Welcome to retro-wonderland, Apartment Therapy voters. 🙂 Here at Retro Renovation, a lot of us are “accidental modernists.” We ended up in our (generally) small, mid-century homes because they were in the right neighborhoods or because the price was right. Mid-century *modern* homes, yes, but mid-century *modest* homes, too… ranches, capes, colonials, contemporaries, bungalows and split levels that real estate agents generally suggest should be gutted. We kinda like the quirky charm, though, and our motto has become “Love The House You’re In.” So before we make any drastic changes, we meet here to share renovation resources, lots of vintage eye-candy photos and a friendly and helpful community — all with the goal to update our homes in a way that’s sympathetic to their original postwar design. I like to think we’re playful and unpretentious (just like our simpler houses), and we’re not “purists” — it’s your house, make the changes that are right for you — love it! In fact, our main rule for comments is that “no one can be made to feel bad for their choices.” So take a tour… ask questions… and we hope you have a blast. After you’ve soaked it all in, if you want to vote for us, we would be honored. If you haven’t registered yet, go to Apartment Therapy;  once you’ve confirmed your registration via email, click on The Homies 2009 to vote. Many thanks and all the best, Pam. the homies

  1. denise says:

    Hey Pam, I checked out the competition, a couple I’ve seen before, but I gotta tell ya — you win hands down in my eyes. Although some of the other sites are nice, they are also a little less charismatic and approachable. You and what you offer feels real…real like ‘put your feet up on the couch and be comfortable even saying nothing’ real.

    Oh, and the dress….HOLY CRAP it’s great!

  2. handyandy says:

    Pam’s magic combination of professional quality writing and ‘best friend’ humor makes Retro renevation the real winner regardless of “The Homies” outcome. (Just voted though, because winning IS all that it’s cracked up to be~)

  3. JSPajak says:

    I came here originally for ideas for vintage bathroom flooring, and came away a fan of metal kitchen cabinets! I now have a bunch of GEs for my expanded-and-to-be-relocated kitchen project. You got my vote!

  4. tailfin says:

    OMG Pam, that photo is specTABulous! It’s great to see that making the Homies’ Final 6 is driving newcomers to your site. I’ve cast my vote for you already & look forward to your win!

    1. pam kueber says:

      Thank you, tailfin and JSP. It’s tough competition for sure – the other blogs are great and some of them are REALLY BIG. No matter what the outcome, I’m super thrilled you all have gotten the blog this far!

  5. Annie B. says:

    Whoa! Pam! That photo alone is enough to put you over the top.
    Seriously, the retro gods were certainly smiling on me the day I stumbled upon your blog. You can’t imagine how good it feels to realize how many others out there share my love of MCM – mod and modest. I’ve gleaned countless ideas from your pages and have had a fine time riding along. Here’s to a glorious future…..and past!

  6. Jeanne says:

    That photo is fantastic!!! It says it all! And good idea to welcome all the RR newbies. This blog certainly encompasses all! Although the other blogs are very well done and nice, this blog has the research and resources like none other! With the economy and current trends, this is the “in” place to be. Although most of us already here, already had the love of mid mod and don’t need any trendsetters to tell us. 🙂

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