Donna and Steve waited 18 months after moving into their 1957 ranch home before tackling the renovation of their main bathroom. The original soft blue-green Rheem-Richmond tub and toilet were in great shape and could be reused, but they would need a matching vintage sink, new wall and floor tile, and a new vanity. So a gut remodel — which ended up including a memorable adventure to the famous World of Tile liquidation sale — was in order. Of course, Adventures in Remodeling don’t usually come cheap — and we get Donna’s hilarious calculation: The cost of “unobtainium” — we love it!Heck yeah there is more →
I made three trips down to World of Tile during their liquidation sale. In the wake of this once-in-a-lifetime, bittersweet adventure, I was so exhausted that I never did write about all my loot. My favorite purchase: Seven (and there were 12 in all, read on!) great big, never-used vintage signs — all hand-painted by sign painters from back in the day. I recently had one of the signs framed, and I hung it up in my mudroom. The photos don’t do it justice, but here’s a try.Heck yeah there is more →
I went again yesterday. 350 miles round trip, my third. If you look up the word “mania” in the retro-dictionary, this about defines it. Heck yeah there is more →
I had an epic 16-hour experience on Saturday, round-tripping it to/from World of Tile. Once there, I spent 10+ hours (including a short offsite lunch/bathroom break) trying to cover every last nook and cranny. But no, there was still more I did not get to. About 30 trips loading tile into my car 15 (?) pounds at a time + everything else — I am so tired I can barely move. So yes, this continues to be the World of Tile blog, more photos of my treasures and/or “other normal stories” to come as soon as I get full night’s non-adreline rush sleep. Meanwhile, I have nothin’ else but WOT on the brain, in the bones, in the soul, for ya this morning. Formal updates on status still be posted regularly here (tip: Subscribe to comments on all these stories if you are following the sad saga.) Who else went this weekend? What did you get?
Can you spot what’s missing in this photo?
I went to World of Tile — the amazing time capsule tile store located in Springfield, New Jersey — yesterday. Here is the liquidation sale information I received directly from the owner of the company running everything:Heck yeah there is more →
This weekend, I received confirmation from a reader who’s been to the liquidation sale, twice: Yes, World of Tile — our beloved time capsule tile store — chock full of New Old Stock going back to the 1960s — seems to be in the midst of closing. Currently, there is a big closeout of all stock going on — 80% off, Marie says, and you can wander throughout the cavernous structure to hunt treasure in every nook and cranny. I do love me a time capsule liquidation sale — and this may be one unlike any other — but even so, please say it ain’t so. Alas. Lovely photo of World of Tile’s classic 1960s sign (click to enlarge and experience the beauty) courtesy Tony Zarak on flickr and professionally here.Heck yeah there is more →
I went to see American Hustle over the holidays. I LOVED the movie — the story — the actors — and yes, the interior design. Production designer Judy Becker (who also did Hitchcock — 34 photos here) did an amazing job recreating 1978 home, office and hotel interiors. To learn more about her process, I read the detailed production notes (in complete form, below) and this interview. Becker says, “…The themes of American Hustle added several layers that made the project especially intriguing: because the characters are running a con, the designs would not only show who the characters are, but who they are pretending and aspiring to be.” Yes, now that I read Becker’s explanation, I see how “artifice” and “ambition” are conveyed via the interior design. Moreover, the whole thing is outrageously glamorous. There’s a lot of foil wallpaper — there’s World of Tile tile! — and there’s feisty Jennifer Lawrence. LUV IT TO THE MAX! Read on for lots of juicy interesting stuff and 21 photos! Full captions and credits for each of the photos included in the slide show and for the photos shown in this main post, at the end. Heck yeah there is more →
Do you love the sleek look of vintage steel kitchen cabinets — but don’t want to undertake the rocky journey to find a set to fit your kitchen, then restore the cabinets, etc.? Well, that was reader Ann’s dilemma. She recently purchased a 1965 condo apartment. The original kitchen was failing. She loved the look of vintage, but did not want her kitchen to be an epic. So, instead of hunting down the vintage, she found a clever and patient cabinet maker who recreated the look of vintage steel to a tee using wood, and then finished them with special high gloss paint. Ann did use a New Old Stock vintage tile — both the floor and backsplash tiles are from World of Tile, of course. And there’s even another twist — Ann used a *famous* historic kitchen featured here as inspiration for her redesign. What a spectacular story — and kitchen. Read on for the complete story, more photos, and all of Ann’s resources.
Entries now closed. And we have a confirmed winner: Congratulations, Steph, your number came up! Thanks, everyone, for playing! Katiedoodle and I are taking a little break for the rest of the week. We’re *working* — we’re just not filing blog posts. We’re getting out of our computer caves to prowl the *real* world for inspiration. So while we’re *away* — how about a giveaway? The first of the year. And it’s delicious: A set of New Old Stock, 1960s-era coasters of kitschy Paris scenes, poodles included, of course, from the retro-world famous World of Tile. Spotted and scarfed up by moi.
World of Tile “withdrawal” symptoms: Has anyone else been having them? I have. So, I went back to my hundreds of photos from my two visits last summer and found some more great, New Old Stock (NOS) vintage tile and other WOT delights to spotlight this week. Let’s start with: Backsplash tiles — complete sets of decorative tiles that can be put together to form a backsplash for a stove and/or along the entire kitchen backsplash.