anne taintor original collageA friendly reminder that one of our key rules of commenting here is: No one can be made to feel bad for their choices. Not when it comes to decorating, at least.

99.95% of all the comments on Retro Renovation are wonderful — our community is awesome!  But, I was prompted to repeat this occasional reminder — (and there’s a new twist, keep reading) — because there were a few comments lately that I had to delete altogether, or to edit because of the use of unkind words such as h******, u***, h*** and d****.

In a new twist, I have also begun to notice more frequent comments — almost always from first-time commenters — that are either raving about a product or more likely, expressing complaint. Some of these have smelled funny. Since these kinds of comments can be prone to fraud, please know that from now on, I will likely not approve them unless they come from longtime, known commenters (Note, I also try, in the cases of complaints, to give the company the opportunity to respond.)

This blog is a happy creation. The aim is to be supportive. Respectful. Whatever you put your energy toward — grows. So, continuing and with even more decisive rigor moving forward, I will likely delete such comments tout suit, in order to conserve and keep the positive energy radiating. Read the Terms of Use for other various usage requirements of this blog.  Thank you for your understanding and continuing, super-constructive support. xoxo, pam. Image above: Original collage by the famous Anne Taintor herself — see more here.

  1. pam kueber says:

    “You can take only so much imitation wood grain when you are young.”: Ain’t it true!

    Agreed — linoleum was vilified, but now it’s hip again! Hey, terrazzo was vilified… now, highly desirable! And vintage laminate in the groovy 1950s abstracts, in particular — YES! Glitter, too! The rare is the good!

  2. Marta says:

    Many people don’t realize that the carpet usually put down in bathrooms during the 60’s and 70’s was made from the same stuff as bathroom throw rugs. When it got too dirty or suffered from ‘toilet regurgitation’, you just pulled it up and tossed it in the washer. Carpet tape was so robust then, you could just stick the carpet back down when it was dry. Rarely did you need to replace the tape.

    I have fond and lustful memories of the pink bathroom at a friend’s house during my teens. Pink plush carpet, pink fixtures, silver wallpaper with outlines of pink cherubs, pink beads hanging in place of a shower curtain (no shower in tub). It was so beautiful.

  3. lad1818 says:

    The first time I, as a prospective buyer, saw my 1946 house, I was thrilled that the kitchen had not been updated with granite. My own main complaint with granite is that the patterns and colors don’t seem to go with food to me – it’s not appetizing. But that’s me, many others obviously disagree. One thing I dislike about the house-hunting shows is that, aside from people spouting cliches they’ve heard others spout (and really, that good-sized kitchen is not big enough? Are you a caterer?) – the thing I dislike most is hearing people mock what’s already there. I keep thinking of the former owners and the pride with which they once installed whatever is being branded as “dated” now. Anything we put in will be dated 20 years from now – therefore forget “new” – or “in style” – just put in what you genuinely like. Chances are if you like it now, you’ll like it years from now too. And I love this website – and thanks to one of your links, I now have some spiffy kitchen curtains!

  4. pam kueber says:

    Exactly: “…the thing I dislike most is hearing people mock what’s already there. I keep thinking of the former owners and the pride with which they once installed whatever is being branded as “dated” now.”

  5. Sara says:

    RR is the only blog I’ve stuck with long term, and it’s because I love the content AND the positive community! I’ve stopped following several blogs and will no longer have anything to do with discussion forums because of all the negativity and personal attacks. SO happy that you are committed to keeping RR a happy and supportive place. You’ve certainly helped me to appreciate mid-century style, which I am now pretty much obsessed with!

  6. Scott says:

    This place is the greatest. The vibe is always happy and it draws happy people full of energy and excitement. I have a little site of my own so I have an inkling of how much work goes into this even though it is obvious it’s a labor of love. I hope you how much you and Kate are appreciated! 🙂

  7. Holley Martinez says:

    Retrorenovation is my favorite site to visit – almost daily. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the hard work, time, effort, love, and thoughtfulness you put into this ‘labor of love.’ It is wonderful!

  8. Tim Kubica says:

    Pam… Thanks for such a fantastic site… As a retired remodeling contractor (one -man show) I’ve always been amazed how so many people have such different tastes in decor… even though I’ve always been partial to the ones who appreciate the retro look… I’ve always respected the folks who had different likes… Sadly, you will run across people who don’t have the same respect for others simply because their taste in styles differ.. Keep up the GREAT work…

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