Midcentury home design and renovation ideas from 8 retro housebloggers

This year I want to give even more visibility to the fabulous activity under way among all the retro house bloggers featured on the blogroll. Above: Uncle Atom is carving his own tiki totem pole — making us all look like slackers and giving our usual go-to-decorating-overachiever TroySF a run for his money. That said, you ain’t getting me near any chain saw. Read on to see some of the great stories from 7 other house bloggers…

closet renovationOver at Cincinnati Modernation, Chris has taken down some wall and is renovating the closet. Ummm…. Chris…. it appears you are plastick-ing yourself into the closet. Did you get out? I hope this project goes well…

On their blog, Our Arts & Crafts Home, Cara & Mark added a boatload of insulation to their attic and walls. Hey, I did this, too, this past fall — a great idea, given all the weatherization incentives out there — and good for the environment, of course!

1939 lavendar and black bathroomMelanie from The Tiny Tudor, shows us the before-and-after of her fabulous 1939 black-and-lavendar tiled bathroom. This tile and the sink are all original – can you imagine! So valuable!

Here is a time capsule living room from a real estate listing that Retro Ruth showcased on her blog, No Pattern Required. It caught my eye because of that fireplace landing area or whatever you call it I can’t think of the word right now. Threshold? Hearth! That’s it! Anyway, it’s the same, inexpensive, random-colored mixed-slate tiles we spotlighted earlier this year for entry ways, patios, and the like. Yes!

Mr. Modtomic showed off his Salem Northstar dinnerware on his blog, Mr. Modtomic. Woah, this stuff is snazzy! Take a look at other readers’ vintage dinnerware — and upload photos of your own — on this Retro Renovation post from last month.

Joe — known as Synthesis in his comments here — is documenting his “Minus 365” campaign over on his blog, Just Another Statistic. That means: One item leaves the house each day every year. Yes, serious clutter-busting. I need to do this, too. Joe, you are my new inspiration to keep at it. 

Over at The Gonce House, Susie is helping her sister to freshen up her new — 1970s — hair salon. The photo is kinda blurry, but not so much that I don’t get the drift. 1970s hair salon? Yes! 1970s hair? no no no no no no!


  1. Thanks for featuring my bathroom & blog! So exciting- I’m catching up on my reading and scrolling along and there is my very own bathroom…I can’t wait to share what I just found to add to it too… pale lavendar vintage porcelain sconce shades! They look like they could have been in the bathroom the day it was built. Thanks again- I’m off to visit some of the other bloggers highlighted and scan Retro Renovation for some ideas for new hardware to go with these sconces : )

    1. pam kueber says:

      wow, melanie, the lavendar porcelier sconces sound just lovely! i keep an eye on your blog, so be sure to post photos. and sell those 60s globes after they are out. i think they are quite cool even though i understand why you are going deeper-into-history vintage.

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