Sunny weather is on my mind — so stories like this, about unique, fun-derful retro patio umbrellas available today are tickling my fancy. Yes, STM Industries based in Tampa, Florida, makes five different styles of fiberglass patio umbrellas — including a delighful starburst umbrella — that look like they came right out of the 1950s or 1960s. I spoke this week to owner Leland Holland, who told me about the company. Thanks to reader Erin for this tip!Heck yeah there is more →
Readers responded so positively my recent story about Vintage Revival Art Co’s new starburst towel bars that owner Jason quickly worked on getting his additional designs produced and online. Now, he has a complete line of starburst bathroom fixtures for sale: starburst towel bars in three sizes, a starburst towel ring, robe hook, toilet paper holder, and a cabinet knob. Let’s take a closer look >>Heck yeah there is more →
Many readers rushed to buy atomic starburst towel bars, towel rings and toilet paper holders the day in 2014 that Kate discovered and we announced that Rejuvenation was discontinuing their line. And ever since, the only alternative has been to snap up the rare set of vintage here and there (at increasingly high prices.) Now, five years later, there’s finally a new made-new alternative: Starburst towel bars cast in aluminum by the etsy seller Vintage Revival Art Co. And more good news: Heck yeah there is more →
I have a story coming up (Liz and Dave’s gut-remodel bathroom) and they used these wonderful atomic starburst cabinet knobs (affiliate link). There are three colorways, but this polished nickel would be most appropriate for a midcentury modern or midcentury modest house.Heck yeah there is more →
Baby in vintage bathroom on board! I “met” Leila on our Facebook page and was entranced by her bathroom makeover, which was driven by her desire to create a wallpaper look but with decals. All the more fascinating: This is the house she grew up with — and she even shared photos of her as a baby in this same bathroom — yes, that’s Leila, captured in Kodak circa 1961, in the classic pink-blue-black tile bathroom before her mother started switching things up! Heck yeah there is more →
Reader Angela loved the vintage Amerock starburst backplates that Kate used on her bathroom vanity. So when she needed hardware for her kitchen cabinets, Angela wanted starbursts. Angela found them on Ebay, but at $28 each it would have cost nearly $1,000 for just the 34 backplates she needed. Instead of giving up, Angela got creative — and made an army of sparkly aqua acrylic copies from one Amerock original. Heck yeah there is more →
Among mid-century enthusiasts, the starburst is king. Vintage starburst hardware, clocks, mirrors and more can fetch high prices on ebay — making it difficult to procure these original, sought-after pieces. Luckily, there are several ways for starburst-loving souls to inject a little sparkle into their decor without having to enter a bidding war. Here’s our list of 10 ways you can easily add a little atomic twinkle to your home — using readily available reproduction hardware and decor as well as budget friendly paint treatments.Heck yeah there is more →
Get the last remaining stock o’ starbursts while you can
Some sad news today on the retro wire — thanks to a tip from Facebook follower Shawn — we’ve learned that is was necessary for Rejuvenation to discontinue of their Perry bathroom towel rods, rings, hooks, and shelf and toilet paper holders — including the atomic stars aka starbursts and the squares, too. Pam reached out to Marketing at Rejuvenation, which confirmed:
We’ve lost our vendor/partner for the Perry bath hardware collection. We simply cannot make it at the moment. When we are able to align with a new partner, we’ll re-evaluate the collection and decide whether or not to move forward with it.
Remember Lora’s bright and colorful kitchen? If you did a double take when you saw her hand painted Franciscan starburst style wall — you weren’t alone. Lora has kindly offered to share her easy, affordable trick for painting an entire wall with these Franciscan style atomic starbursts. With just a little bit of paint and a few other odds and ends you might already have around the house, this project can be completed in as little as two hours — how’s that for instant wallpaper.