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Style Trends Book – Wide-Lot Ranch

40s-house-styles-00740s-house-styles-008Another great 1940’s  houseplan from the Style Trends Book. The element that really sets this ranch apart are the large windows on both sides of the living room. I love our “wall of glass” windows in our living room, but I can’t imagine having them on both sides. How would that work out?  Ours is facing our back yard, but we have several houses on our street that have a large window in the front yard.  Some of them have solved the privacy issue by planting trees or hedges to seperate them from the road, and others have actually frosted the glass of the front window.  That makes me sad, since it would be a shame to lose the great view, but I wouldn’t want every person who drives down the street to see me watching television!

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True Ranch House – Style Trends Houseplan

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The third house in the Style Plans book, the True Ranch House.  This house was designed to be low and open with lots and lots of light.

40s-house-styles-006As you can see from the plans, there is an amazing stone hearth in the living room, which they call a “studio” living room because it is open to the dining room.  A great design feature is the use of glass block.  There is an entire wall of it off of the hearth to separate the dining room and the living room. I would love to see that!  Another large glass block wall is put in the kitchen to let in tons of light.

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1956 Formica Ad – Popular Science Magazine

Formica AdThis is a great vintage Formica Ad that I found in the issue of Popular Science that has been giving the instructions for the Mid-Century Showplace Home.  The smeared quality of the picture isn’t my fault, I swear!  It is printed like that in the magazine, which is too bad.  I think it is a great ad – the green bathroom and the reference to the helpless husband!

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Popular Science Show Place Home – Entryway Divider

Welcome guests into your home the 1950’s way with this great entryway divider!Entryway Divider 1

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Another great idea from the Make Your Home a Show Place issue of Popular Science!  Stay tuned for more great ideas, such the best garden shed EVER, telephone corners and even furniture!

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The Romantic Ranch House – 1940’s Common Sense

There is no reason that a small house, the Style Trends book states, architecturally and otherwise, should not be as attractive, as livable, and as interesting as one costing far more.

I can’t agree with this sentiment more, which was just as true in their frugal and uncertain time as it is in ours. There is definitely something to be said for a house that can be MORE with LESS.  As the saying goes, “More isn’t always better. Sometimes it’s just more.”

In that spirit, here is another compact and adorable house plan from the 1940s Style Trends Book.

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The illustrations for these houses are so idyllic!  Maybe that is why I love them so much.

Romantic Ranch Close-upThere are a couple of design details that really stand out in this plan.  The first is the kitchen, which has a cute and detailed layout.  The second is the great corner fireplace in the living room. I would love to see one of those!

The third element is one that may not be as obvious.

The description states: The dinette is separated from the living room by a wide dropped ceiling beam, and has perfect cross ventilation from front to rear. 

I bet that looked beautiful, and did a good job showing the separation of the two rooms!

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Vintage Photo – Some Fabulous Curtains

My grandfather was a photographer for the Associated Press, and he was good at his job. Consequently, because he was good at it and he loved it, he was called upon to photograph tons of occasions other than newspaper news. Much of the time he would photograph weddings, birthdays and church functions.  And he was a hoarder, so he kept everything! Because of this I have scads and scads of boxes filled with vintage photos. 

The photos are an absolute joy to look through. Partly because of his skill and my pride at having an artistic grandpa, but also because I love vintage!  The clothes, the hair, the food, the houses. All of it fascinates me. So I have picked out some great shots for you, starting with this angry looking baby. Baby Gifts

That baby looks pretty ticked off, even with all that stuff!  But did you check out the curtains in the background? 

curtainsLove them! I wish I could get my hands on some of that fabric right now….

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Popular Science’s DIY 1950s Home

On Valentine’s Day, Hubby and I drove 2 hours up North to go to a restaurant we discovered while we were first dating.  Most people would think that was too far for dinner, but I always look forward to long drives with my husband. We spend those trips talking, and I mean really talking.  At home there are distractions and dishes, phone calls and bills, and pretty soon we fall into bed exhausted.  But when we go for a drive there are no distractions, and we talk for hours about philosopy, art, our relationship and other abstract things that we normally don’t talk about during the busy week.

And we get to shop!

We are always suckers for a mysterious looking shop, a cute roadside stand, and pretty much every antique store we can lay our eyes on.  So when we arrived early for our dinner reservations, we decided to drive around the little town we were in until we found some place to shop.  Of course, about 30 seconds later, we stumbled on a cute little antique shop, where I found this magazine:Popular Science MCM

And a MCM fountain of information! The main article consists of do-it-yourself decorating and furniture ideas for the “modern” home. They are so great, like this one for a bathroom vanity.

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Stay tuned for more ideas from this fun article, including a room divider, a garden shed and even furniture!

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