Friday, October 30, 2009

Mid-Century Modern Wallpaper from Bradbury & Bradbury

Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers offers mid-century modern wallpaper from the 1950s and 1960s in two collections they call The Atomic Age and the Mod Generation.

The Atomic Age, with wallpapers in six different patters, has a variety of designs to suit any 1950s mood. Island is a Tiki design, while Googieland is, well, Googie. The colors are mainly pink, turquoise, sage, grey, and brown.

The Mod Generation has twelve patterns that are perfect for any '60s pad. There seems to be even more variety in this group, which is also more colorful, with wallpapers in green, gold, pink, blue, and orange.

I ordered some samples and the quality of the wallpaper is excellent. It looks even better in person than online. They are priced between $58 and $72 per roll. 

Atomic Age: The 1950s

Atomic Doodle shown in pink. Also available in taupe and turquoise.
Also comes in bamboo, coconut, and turquoise. It's the perfect wallpaper for a Tiki room.
Gee Gee in grey. Also available in sage.
Boingo in grey, also comes in pink, taupe, and turquoise. This pattern is very similar to the wallpaper that was originally in our 1955 turquoise kitchen.

Googieland in turquoise. Also comes in grey, ivory, and sage.

Interlock in sage. Available in silver and grey.

The Mod Generation: 1960s
Hi-Fi in gold. Also comes in tambourine green and moody blue.

Grete in sea of green. Also comes in naugahyde and Earth green.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Matte Stephens

The mid-century design inspired art of Matte Stephens is delightful. It's so hard to chose a favorite. Luckily, the prices are affordable, so you may not have to decide on just one.
Original gouche paintings are available at Jonathan Adler's store and prices range between $275-900.
Matte has an Etsy shop where he sells limited edition prints from $35-$85. At those prices, you can buy them for all your friends for Christmas.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pink Maytag Washer/Dryer Still Works 52 Years Later

The Tulsa World published an article today about a woman in Sand Springs who is giving her pink washer and dryer to the Maytag Museum. She bought the set in 1957 and it has been in full working order until recently, when a latch on the dryer broke. When Maytag heard about it, they asked her if she would like to donate it to their museum and offered her a new washer and dryer in exchange. I would have kept the vintage pink set, myself.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Vintage Glassware

I found these pretty vintage glasses on my most recent trip to the thrift shop. They're probably from the 1940s or 1950s. They have a grapevine pattern in gold, with cheerful backgrounds of coral, turquoise, lavender, and lime green. They look like they've never been used and the whole set of 8 only cost $6. I love thrift shops!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Drillers Stadium Survey

Tulsa County is trying to figure out what to do with the old Drilllers Stadium at the fairgrounds and they're asking Tulsa citizens for their input. Some of the options they are considering are the development of a hotel complex, retail stores, entertainment options, parks and recreation facilities, public events and concert facilities, multi-use sports complex, and a parking lot. The future use of this area will impact the surrounding neighborhoods, so it is very important for us to fill out the survey.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Neighborwoods Offers Free Trees To Homeowners

Free trees are available through NeighborWoods, a program administered by Up With Trees. Each homeowner is entitled to one free tree that will be planted in the front yard. Homeowners who accept a free tree must agree to care for it after it has been planted.
We’re looking for Wedgwood residents who would like to participate. Volunteers from the neighborhood and other community organizations will gather on a Saturday morning to plant 20-50 trees.
We’ll have some applications available at the neighborhood picnic this Saturday. The form is available on the Up With Trees website if you would like to print it and fill it out in advance. Please bring your completed form to the picnic. We’ll turn them in as a group.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Neighborhood Picnic

All Wedgwood residents are invited to attend the Wedgwood Neighborhood Association's annual picnic this Saturday, October 17th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. There is a change in venue from previous years. This year the picnic will be held at the 29th and Yale Church of Christ. City Council candidates Maria Barnes and Eric Gomez will be in attendance.

Beverages and the main dish will be provided. Please bring a covered dish.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Fruit Bracelet Giveaway

Tales of a Retro-Modern Housewife is giving this adorable plastic fruit bracelet to one lucky winner! All you have to do to enter is post a comment on the giveaway post at her blog.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Antique Shopping in Dewey, Oklahoma

My brother and I went on an antique shopping trip to Dewey, Oklahoma to see what kind of mid-century modern goodies we could find. Dewey is a small town just north of Bartlesville, which is about 50 miles north of Tulsa.

Most of the antique stores in Dewey are located on a street downtown called Don Tyler.
Roy Rogers and Hoppalong Cassidy lunch boxes are mid-century, but not exactly modern. They’re just too cool to go unmentioned. 

One shop has a curio case full of mid-century modern dinnerware in various patterns in shades of aqua. They have pieces of Canonsburg’s “Temporama,” “Blue Heaven” by Royal China, “Navajo” by Metlox, and several Franciscan patterns, including “Autumn,” “Starburst,” “Oasis” and “Swing Time.” It’s a good opportunity for someone to fill holes in their collections.
The same shop has a display of pink 1950s kitchen items and knick-knacks, including a few pieces of Russel Wright dinnerware.

These two modern buildings are across the street from the antique shops.
Campbell's Antiques is loaded with vintage lighting.

They also have several cabinets chock-full of vintage salt and pepper shakers.

We found this wonderful book of mid-century modern house plans from the 1950s called “What A Home Should Be.”

Linger Longer Antiques is the largest antique shop in Dewey.

They have an old-fashioned soda shop that serves up tasty treats for tired shoppers.

This booth has lots of kitchen collectibles from the depression era through the 1950s.

This may be the coolest t.v. lamp I’ve ever seen. Just imagine how spooky those glowing eyes must look when the light is turned on.

Here’s a vintage post card book from Canon City, Colorado.

This booth is filled with nothing but mid-century modern furniture and accessories.
She’s not for sale.

Some other attractions in Dewey include the Dewey Hotel Museum. The museum is furnished in period antiques, many of which belonged to the original owner, Jacob Bartles.
The Tom Mix Museum celebrates the life of the western movie star and 101 Ranch cowboy with displays of his western clothing, saddles, and personal belongings.

Price Tower
Comanche Center Traveler's Motel

Thursday, October 1, 2009

'50s Lamp of the Day #12

I found this matching pair of vintage lamps sans shades in an antique mall for only $8. My husband surprised me with custom double-tiered shades from Moon Shine Lamp and Shade.
I couldn’t have been more impressed, both with him and Moon Shine. They make the shades to your specifications. You pick the shape, color, and design.
They even make replacement shades for Majestic Z lamps, which is something I’ll keep in mind in case I find a good deal on a Z lamp with missing or damaged shades.


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