Hello, Chicago! Retro Renovation and Save the Pink Bathrooms in the news

pam-kueber-in-the-chicago-tribuneMy “Drill, Baby, Drill” photo (which I affectionally and apolitically call it) made its first appearance in major media this weekend, when the Chicago Tribune featured a nice story about Retro Renovation and Save the Pink Bathrooms in its Sunday Real Estate section. I did the interview with writer Mary Umberger several weeks ago. Imagine this scene: Me, Friday 3 p.m., exhausted yet having just downed a double latte, holed up in my computer cave alone all week — and yo, here was someone on the phone all interested in pink bathrooms and other mid century ilk. My point: I am pretty sure I blabbered and rambled like a lunatic. But Mary did a great  job of latching on to, and capturing, some of my favorite ideas ever. Like: We’re not any smarter today about what’s beautiful than people were in 1956 — it’s just different. Thank you, Mary, for your empathetic coverage of our cause.

Great thanks, also, to photographer Jennifer Greenburg, who helped by finding, then shooting, a new photo of a pink bathroom in Chicago, for the Sunday story. I featured Jennifer several times on the blog last year — first, we looked at her fabulous book, The Rockabillies — and then, I followed up with an interview with her about the rockabilly design aesthetic. The interview is actually one my favorites — it really made some light bulbs go on in my head. 

 You can check out the Chicago Tribune story here. I’m told the photo ran in the paper kind Big. This is so embarrassing. Crazy, but in a good way. 🙂

  1. andrea says:

    Count me in!!! I will be the proud owner of a 1940’s Pinkie in a few short days and I am sooo glad to read the love. Replacement tiles will be needed for the small and leaking pink shower floor, and as I was looking around for a source for retro tiles I found your awesome website (and the equally fun Savethepinkbathrooms site) I’ve already emailed several friends who would thoroughly enjoy spending time here!

  2. Cindy says:

    You may have been high on your double latte, and tired and all that…..but you’re soooo passionate about pink and retro and the things that keep us coming back for more. Brava, Pam!!!

    1. pam kueber says:

      Thanks, Sandy, yes – since Pantone’s Color of the Year is Honeysuckle — pretty much identical to Flamingo Pink — we’re seeing a lot of pink media coverage 🙂

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