Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wedgwood House For Sale

A swell 1950s ranch house in my neighborhood just came on the market. This house has all the mid-century details to excite the modernist geek in all of us - a center door knob with brass escutcheon at the entry, a Hall Mack rotating toothbrush holder in the peach-tiled bathroom, clerestory windows. And there's ribbon striped mahogany everywhere! The original (and unpainted!) mahogany on the walls in the living area is in great condition. The kitchen cabinets and all of the doors throughout the house are also mahogany. Did I mention is has a bomb shelter?

According to the listing on, this 2,022 square foot ranch house was built in 1957 and has 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a bonus office, and 2 car garage. The current owners have lived in the home for decades and they have obviously taken good care of the house.The photos on the website really don't do it justice. You just have to see it in person.  It wouldn't take much to make this an atomic ranch dream house.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

60s Portrait Paintings Naming Help Needed

About a year ago, I spotted a vintage portrait painting at the Tulsa Flea Market and had to have it. She has this strange look that makes me think of Dark Shadows. The people selling her told me they used to keep her on their bathroom wall. They called her Sheila. They decided to sell the painting because it was creeping out the guests who visited their house.
After hanging Sheila on my living room wall, I knew I needed to add more portraits. I continued searching for vintage portrait paintings from the 1950s and 1950s. The second portrait I got is a pastel that I received as a Valentine's Day gift. I named her Dot.
My sweetheart is good at helping me find portraits to add to my small collection. Last weekend, he found two more of them at a great vintage shop in Tulsa called Retro Den. Now that I have four of them, I guess you could say I've officially started a collection. The wall looks much better now that it's not so blank.

So let me introduce these two lovely new ladies.

This lady in pink is a 1960s oil painting. She looks like she has had lip augmentation, but I don't think people did that back then!
The next one is a pastel. She's wearing a lovely aqua dress with a matching flower pin. I love that these two new paintings are in pink and turquoise, a perfect match for the color scheme in my house. Here's where I need your comments. Help me think of names for the the lady in pink and the lady in turquoise. Any suggestions?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

What's New Pussycat?

Cool cats were everywhere at the flea market during my last shopping trip. First, I picked up these vintage Holt-Howard Kozy Kitten salt and pepper shakers.   
Then, found this tall modern cat statue made by Universal Statuary Corp. in the early 1960s.  
The new cats are right at home with this pair of stylized cat figurines I bought from the previous owner of my house. They were made many years ago by her next-door neighbor, a lovely lady who had lived in the Wedgwood neighborhood since the 1950s.


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