Jon and Trixi have provided this blog with a wealth of content over the years — from their bathroom stencil treatment to tipping us off to hudee-central Vance Industries. Now that we’ve seen their entire fun, colorful retro home from top to bottom, we can get even more fantastic ideas — six to be exact — from this dynamic decorating duo. Heck yeah there is more →
After lavishing loads of time-consuming TLC on their adorable midcentury modest ranchalow, two of our favorite Retro Renovators have put their house on the market. Trixi and Jon love their 1962 home, but that’s they way the cookie crumbles, they need a bit more space. The real estate photos are fabulous — the perfect opportunity to showcase all their retro genius interior design done on a budget: Removing 1980s layers… getting creative fun with paint… wallpaper fragments… atomic stencils… and yowza, a rockin’ 1970s barrel furniture basement bar! (hehe, Interior Desecrations!) Before it’s too late, let’s take the grand tour of their colorful and creative home.Heck yeah there is more →
In this week’s reader roundup:
- In her new AskBrini series, Brini Maxwell answers Eartha Kitsch‘s question, “People always tell me that I need to tone things down and become a ‘regular’ person….Is that their polite way of saying that I’m the crazy aunt…?” Brini may be a satirist, but I think her answer is quite good: “Being a regular person can be a real downer….”
- Betty Crafter makes a few teensy changes, and her vintage Mamie pink bathroom is all better now.
- MaryDeluxe makes a surprise discovery — circa 1937 patterned linoleum under old carpeting. Sneak peak in the thumbnail, clicky here to see more. Pretttttty.
- Jon & Trixi’s sexy 60s remodel was featured in their local paper.
- Retro Ruth was featured in the Wall Street Journal, in a story about continuing cherished family recipes. Her Easter lamb cake looks divine. Congrats, Ruth!
Have fun with your projects and your friends, food and family this weekend, everyone!
Jon and Trixi — we’ve seen portions of their project under way — have finished remodeling their kitchen, and are mostly done with the bathrooms. And in a twist that I am sure the folks at Rust-Oleum were not anticipating, the epicenter of their “Retro Renovation story” is that they freshened up their kitchen cabinets by painting them warm brown on the top — and avocado on the bottom — using Rust-Oleum’s Cabinet Transformations kit. No, avocado ain’t a stock color in the Rust-O kit — Jon is intrepid, and had it custom-tinted avocado at his local store. Jon wants me to emphasize that all of the work they did throughout the house cost less than $2,000 — because they (1) used their existing, functionally sound cabinets (2) uncovered the vintage countertop and floor (3) hunted down salvage and vintage fixtures and furniture and (4) did the work themselves. I luv it! Click on through for their compete story along with 21 photos live from the scene. Photos by Glenn Suckow and Trixi Hunt — many thanks!
Jon & Trixi are back, with an update on the continuing un-remodel of their 1962 kitchen. They have slowly been (1) peeling away circa-2005 disprovements and (2) replacing millenial flip-this-house crappola with vintage goodness, all in the service of (3) reveling in their kitchen’s innate avocadoness. Heck yeah there is more →
I first *met* Jon when he wrote to ask me about removing tile from a laminate countertop. Heck if I knew, but before I could even get around to answering, he emailed me back saying he’d done it already. He and wife Trixi also were onto de-layering the floor. In reality, their renovation so far has meant: Peeling off a circa-2005 update. Oh, and did I mention that Jon is hilarious? And that the pair is admittedly “obsessed”? Read on for more about their wackadoodle adventure to uncover the true blue (avocado green) bones of their 1962 kitchen …
Today, let this 1965 Palm Springs getaway time capsule condominium designed by A. Quincy Jones — listed for sale by Mike Johnson of the Paul Kaplan Group — transport you back to the 1960s. The home retains many of its stunning original features and furnishings — terrazzo flooring, decorative block walls and decorative privacy screen — and boasts breathtaking mountain views.Heck yeah there is more →
“The Christmas pattern” … “the mysterious Mr. McClurg” … 42 million yards sold in the first 40 years … These are hints at just a few of the things I learned about Armstrong Flooring’s famous 5352 pattern when I talked about its history with company designer Mark Zeamer. Mark played a key role in the company’s 2020 revival of this storied pattern. He has worked for the company for 44 years, and he did historical research to prepare the revival, so he also was the perfect person to ask: Was Armstrong Flooring pattern #5352 the best-selling resilient flooring of the 20th Century? His answer: A resounding: Yes! Above: An early photo — possibly from the 1930s — of a production line making #5352 linoleum, photo courtesy Armstrong Flooring. Heck yeah there is more →
I love midcentury basements that have been decorated in kitschy, escapist styles. And the #1 favorite theme back in the day seems to have been: Whiskey barrel furniture (and don’t forget yer wagon wheel light to go with.) I recently spotted this huge, complete, pristine-looking 19-piece set of whiskey barrel furniture on Facebook Marketplace. Thanks to seller Joseph for giving me permission to archive this classic time-capsule living room suite — complete with fabulous bar and game table! Anyone out there with an empty basement ready to decorate in one fell swoop, for pick up only in Moulton, Pennsylvania? Heck yeah there is more →
Over the past year or two, at least seven — update: eight — of our readers have created their own midcentury modern retro ‘painted wallpaper’ using homemade stencils, templates and stamps. This snazzy solution may be a bit on the time consuming side, but it is also an affordable project — with endless possibilities. We gathered all the examples into this one, easy-to-check-out story.Heck yeah there is more →