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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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Etsy Round-up – Fondue Covers It With Vintage Delish

I was going to do an Etsy Round-up complete with multiple sellers, when I stumbled upon Fondue’s fun shop. Pam at Retro Renovation has recently turned me onto the joys of vintage wallpaper, so when I saw the offerings at Fondue, I clicked my heels together in joy.

Tissue boxes, wallhangings, and receipt boxes have been covered with the most incredible vintage wallpaper and offered up at reasonable prices.  But the best, I have to confess, are the lightswitch plates. kitsch-plateFondue calls these KitschPlates, and they are adorable.  Besides the fact that it is a brillant idea to cover a switchplate with wallpaper (something similar was suggested by Queen of Fifty Cents the other day), they have some of the greatest wallpaper I have ever seen. Forget moderation!  Buy a 1950’s French Maid:

kitsch-plate-maidAnd if this isn’t enough, Fondue also has a new kid’s store, fonduejr, which is adorable too.  If nothing else, stop by to see the amazing wallpaper patterns!

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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

Entry Divider IIEntry Divider III

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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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.

PS Bathroom Vanity

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

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