I often get asked where to get a new replacement plastic soap tray aka soap holder for those vintage, recessed metal soap holders, like the ones so common by Hall Mack. I typically have advised, “hunt for vintage — try ebay”. But now, I’ve found a supplier, LASCO aka Larsen Supply Co., that sells four different plastic soap trays, large and small.Heck yeah there is more →
It’s so great that readers are still able to design their own mosaic tile patterns and colors using Daltile’s Mosaic Pattern Designer. I keep thinking, one day this will just be gone, but it’s still there. I chased after Jamie when I saw her comment in this story on the blog.Heck yeah there is more →
One of my favorite features in time capsule houses is the old clocks centered above the sink or above the dinette. Where I live, it’s not uncommon to see these old clocks plugged into a recessed wall plug — no visible or dangling electric cords. How did they do that: With recessed “electric clock receptacles” framed right into the soffits or walls.Heck yeah there is more →
Vintage ceramic bathroom accessories — such as towel bar holders, toilet paper holders and soap dishes — can be difficult to locate and match with new or existing ceramic wall tile. Recently, reader Kristen reminded us about HCP Industries, which makes 33 colors of ceramic bathroom accessories, including matches for B&W Tile colors.Heck yeah there is more →
Time to check up on readers and their projects. Over at Adventures in Retro Renovating, Lilynumph and her husband threw out the wall-to-wall carpet and refinished the beautiful wood floors underneath. They also retiled their entrance way, and added a midcentury door with six triangular inserts (go look). Read on for readers hard at work on their homes (and posting on their home blogs):
- Eric builds small storage into the wall cavity at Our Modern Mess.
- John and Diane at Rancho Tostado complete a sunny Alexander Girard-inspired office remodel.
- Mr. Betty Crafter also is making progress on his office — carved out of space in the barn.
- More from the Crafters: Betty gets the pretty apple green VCT floor polished.
- And Eartha Kitsch of Ranch Dressing is restoring vintage 1963 film — “The Pam Films” onto video. OMG, so heartbreakingly/warmingly sweet.
How to add more light to my long, wide, tall living room? Sconces? Alas, after (1) reading all your thoughts and ideas when I wrote my first story about this new project here at the ranch… and after (2) getting these extremely useful mockups from reader Chase… and after (3) experimenting by digging out some really narrow boudoir lamps from the attic, and plugging them in on the mantle to see how the light would shine….
…DH and I have decided that whether you place sconces on the setback wall (first photo), or on the face of the mantel wall itself (above)… sconces will look *not quite right*… kind of crowded… and most importantly, won’t throw enough light anyway. I hope you can follow this. The triangulation of decision-making is torturous, as forewarned. Truly, all the comments that readers provided were really helpful in terms of raising even more options for me to consider — thank you!
Here is another source to check for recessed soap dishes: Deabath.com, which has maintains a rotating selection of both of New Old Stock and salvaged ceramic tile accessories on their website. Above: A Hall-Mack “Chinavogue” soap dish from 1958, still in its original box. Gosh, I want to get all gushy about how beautiful this is… Deabath.com — aka Bathroom Machineries — also has ceramic tile-in toothbrush holders, toilet paper roll holders and shelves… not only in white, but also in a catch-as-catch-can variety of vintage colors.
Recessed soap dishes are a pretty popular topic. I now have a list of several places to find them, along with other recessed and tile-in ceramic accessories — including both vintage New Old Stock (NOS) and made-new:
- 33 colors of new at HCP Industries.[And, you can order samples of the colors here.]
- Lenape is very easy to acquire but has limited colors, more “modern” style.
- Rotating selection on Deabath.com.
- Also check ebay including Vintage ceramic bathroom accessories from King of Thrones on ebay
Should recessed can lighting be added to mid century homes, where there wasn’t any originally? And if, so, how? I’m throwing this one open to reader ideas. Natalie writes:Heck yeah there is more →
To be sure, I am over-the-hill in love with mid-century decor. But, the capacity for love is infinite, and if I lived in a pre-war bungalow, cottage, Tudor or Dutch Colonial, you bet I’d be lovin’ the house I’m in, baby — especially if it had vintage bathroom fixtures like these. I recently acquired this 1925 Sno-Wite catalog, full of enameled-steel soap dishes, towel bars, toilet paper holders, medicine cabinets, and mirrors — and I scanned the whole thing here. Heck yeah there is more →
THANKS GO OUT TO JOAN (I *think*) for finding this new resource (other resource here) for recessed porcelain ceramic bathroom soap dishes, shelves, towel bars and toilet paper holders. The manufacturer is HCP Industries, and they make these pieces in 33 colors, many of them great for a midcentury bathroom retro renovation. Heck yeah there is more →