Tagged with mid-century homes

Keeping the Flame Alive

Keeping the Flame Alive

Although Valentine’s Day is approaching, this article won’t be covering relationship tips. I’m talking about the fireplace. If you’re still lighting your fire with matches, kindling, and wood, make sure your chimney is in tiptop shape (so you can properly celebrate with your Valentine). Curling up by the fireplace is part of any picturesque Valentine’s … Continue reading

Flooring Inspiration for the Mid-Century Home

Flooring Inspiration for the Mid-Century Home

Tired of the peeling, cracking vinyl flooring or chipped tiles in your mid-century home? When considering your next flooring options, go “outside the box” for inspiration and ideas. I know I’ve said don’t rip up the original tiles in previous blog posts, but sometimes replacing the whole floor becomes more cost-effective than tracking down enough … Continue reading

Mr. Roger Goes to School: Staging 101

Mr. Roger Goes to School: Staging 101

Getting ready to sell your house is no easy task…especially if it’s the home where you raised your children. Family photographs, handmade magnets from children (and maybe even grandchildren), and mementos from all those vacations to Hawaii have taken over every wall, refrigerator, shelf, and table in the house. Decluttering those surfaces will help make … Continue reading

Paint Colors: Are You “Preapproved”?

Paint Colors: Are You “Preapproved”?

If you are considering painting your home’s exterior this summer, have you chosen your paint scheme yet? This paint palette was developed in the 1950s by Beatrice West, a mid-century color and design maven for housing developments. If these colors don’t excite you, check out Retro Renovation, an excellent resource for paint color recommendations including … Continue reading

It’s Friday! It’s Retro Revelry Day!

It’s Friday! It’s Retro Revelry Day!

It’s “swinter”! Or is it “wummer”? With a caption of “limitless electricity”, this ideal mid-century home and it’s year-round, fantasy-world, summer-like bubble probably got some folks thinking back in the day. What about you? Summer year-round or too much of a good thing?

It’s Friday! It’s Retro Revelry Day!

It’s Friday! It’s Retro Revelry Day!

Homes of Individuality for Today’s Homemakers, 1955, National Plan Service, Inc. Mr. Roger is drooling! You can see this marvelous mid-century home plans book in its entirety online. It’s a must see for any retro-loving “homemaker”! Visit Internet Archives and peruse to your heart’s content!  

Mr. Roger’s 15 Minutes of Fame

Not quite the same as the REAL Mister Rogers, but this Mr. Roger got his “15 minutes of fame” on the Brashenomics Show on 1150AM KKNW. I was invited to speak about mid-century homes in Seattle – their pros (style, open space) and cons (oil tanks, chipped tiles). You can watch my radio interview below.