Retro Renovation and “Mid-Century Modest” spotlighted on Rural Intelligence

This past week, the concept of “Mid-Century Modest” was showcased on Rural Intelligence, a wonderful blog that reaches a diverse audience in the Berkshires, where I live, as well as Columbia County, New York, and over into Connecticut.  When editor Marilyn Bethany emailed me about doing the story, I asked if she wanted to come up for a coffee klatsch in the aquamarine kitchen, and she did!

Not only did we have a great time and talk and talk and talk — about mid-century design and blogging, both —  but she seems to be a #1 fan of the Mid-Century Modest Manifesto. She told me about an amazing documentary she had seen about the GI Bill and how it transformed America. It also really deepened her understanding of the period and of folks’ deep connections to their homes, she said. I need to email her and get the name of the documentary for all of us to share.

It is so nice to be featured, and to see Mid-Century Modest get this visibility. Honestly, I’m a little wiggly about being called “Queen.” How about “Queen Bee” — recognizing that it’s you all doing all the hard work on your houses (I’m mostly done)!

Thank you, Marilyn, and Rural Intelligence.

  1. angie says:

    Pam, I love how you are making appearances at various “homeshows” around the country!
    Please please please come visit us here in the Wash.DC/Metro area where we have many
    Mid/Mod enclaves & a devoted following!

    1. pam kueber says:

      thank you, angie, i’ll try! i hav some good friends down in d.c. too. hmmmm, i am thinking: maybe i can get a gig talking about save the pink bathrooms because of the connection to mamie eisenhower…!

  2. Elizabeth Mary says:


    What a kick! I am a big fan of RI but had not checked in this weekend, so might have missed you. It was so wonderful to read about you and your blog on that other great blog.

    Elizabeth Mary

    PS: you should have provided link to the home page because it shows you are the LEAD ARTICLE of this issue!!

  3. RetroSandie says:

    Pam, I really DO think of you as “the Queen”! You have served up the mid-century to us on one huge retro platter. And have done it with grace, wit, intelligence, understanding, and most of all, joy. Your blog is a happy go-to place that I (along with all of your other faithful readers) eagerly await daily! I am thankful that you decided to do this wonderful blog on a full time basis….and that I found it!! Congratulations!!! 🙂

  4. helaine says:

    Hi Pam.Take the Title”Queen” as a friendly compliment.I never struggle with being referred to by my friends as the “Pyrex Queen”.They know and i know why this in my nickname-Bowls and bowls …far too many(some would say),but i love each and every part of my collection!Have a nice weekend!

  5. gavin hastings says:

    As we travel through the storm of life; searching for who we really are:
    Being designated “Queen” ain’t so bad…..


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