Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Living Room Furniture Rearranged

To make room for the Christmas tree, we rearranged the living room furniture and a surprising thing happened. We started using this room that we never used before, except when company came over. The sectional sofa that was once placed together as one long piece against the wall is now split into two pieces, arranged in an L-shape.


The room looked a lot bigger before, but the new arrangement is more welcoming, and creates a good conversation area. We may keep this arrangement after the Christmas decorations have been put away.


Once we get new flooring and a painting to go in the place of the Andy Warhol poster, this room will be finished.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tiki Salt and Pepper Shakers from Trader Vics

On our recent trip to Santa Fe, we went to the most fabulous estate sale I have ever attended. It was in an old adobe house near downtown. I didn't expect an adobe house to be filled with vintage modern treasures, so I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw.


The first room I entered was filled with vintage shoes, mostly from the 60s, but all size 6 narrow. Down the hall was a closet filled with high quality vintage dresses, again, mostly Mad Men era Joan style dresses, and like the shoes, too small for me to wear.


My favorite object in the house was a very cool stereo console. Made by GE, it had a Danish modern style with spun aluminum legs. The speakers were attached to the console, and could be folded in to cover the front, or opened out. It was only $55, which I thought was an excellent price. It worked like a dream. Unfortunately, I couldn't convince my husband that we needed to buy it. He didn't want to drive home with a stereo console crammed in the back of the car. That is why I normally shop alone.


Throughout the house, there were mid-century modern flying saucer shaped light fixtures. They were already sold by the time we got there. There were some other things I wanted to buy, but got talked out of buying,  like 3 boxes of vintage Shiny Brite ornaments in blue. I did manage to get home with these vintage salt and pepper shakers from Trader Vic's.






Monday, November 16, 2009

Santa Fe Motels on Route 66

My husband and I have just returned from a long-weekend getaway to Santa Fe, New Mexico. While driving around the town, we came across a strip of historic motor courts on Route 66. Many of the motels still have their vintage neon signs, like this beauty at Cottonwood Court. 
Vintage neon sign at King's Rest Court Inn
This Santa Fe Lodge sign was right in front of a gas station. At first I thought only the vintage sign remained of the old motel, but then I saw the motel tucked behind the convenience store. 
Western Scene Motel
The El Rey Inn has loads of character and looks clean and well maintained.  My photos really don't do it justice. It was cold and beginning to rain, so I snapped the photos rather quickly.
If we had known about this motel when we planned our trip, we would have booked a room. We already had reservations at another hotel. We're looking forward to staying at the El Rey Inn on our next trip to Santa Fe. 



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Recent Vintage Finds

Here are my recent meager, but charming, vintage finds. I got Betty Crocker's Party Book, published in 1960 and a small metal stapler. The book has some mid-century modern holiday decorating ideas, like a starburst mobile made from plastic straws and pipe cleaner.


It's probably a good thing that I don't have kids, because I couldn't resist celebrating their birthdays with the themed parties suggested in this book, like "Big Top Supper," "Space Age Adventure Party," and "Holiday in Hawaii Party."
The illustrations in this book are adorable.
I was happy to find this book, because I already had it's companion, Betty Crocker's Guide to Easy Entertaining.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mid-Century Inspired Sofas

For many months, I've been looking for either a vintage Heywood Wakefield sectional or a very large 1950s sectional with angular arms. You know, the kind that look like car fins. Since I've been unable to find what I'm looking for, I've been looking at online stores that might have a new sofa with a mid-century modern flair. All of the furniture in our house is vintage, so it might be nice to have something new.


Room and Board has lots of choices that would blend well with vintage modern furniture. The Reese sectional is my favorite of the group. It's very similar to  a sectional I once had, and now regret selling. 


Room and Board
This sofa from CB2 is named for our favorite T.V. couple.




Crate and Barrel
T.V. familes seem to inspire furniture sales. This one's called Petrie.



Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Nelson Bubble Lamps in Colors

Room and Board now has Nelson bubble pendant lighting in colors. These mid-century modern icons, designed by George Nelson, have only been available in white, until now. The Large Criss-Cross Saucer pendant in mist sells for $435. The Medium Criss-Cross Cigar pendant in ivory costs $359. Room and Board is offering free shipping on many lighting styles, including the colored Nelson bubble lamps.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Corner Fireplace and Rotisserie Grill

Winter is fast approaching, so it seems like a good time to spotlight the corner fireplace in our 1955 ranch house.
Next to the fireplace is a built-in rotisserie grill. We've never used the grill and the previous owners didn't use it, either. If it has ever been used, it would have been over 40 years ago. Maybe it's about time we fire up the grill.
There is a switch on the wall that operates the rotisserie. The switch is right next to a light switch, which has caused us to turn the rotisserie on by mistake. The rotisserie spun around for days before we noticed it was on.
The grill is marked, "The Majestic Co. Huntington, Indiana." The Majestic Company still exists, but they no longer manufacture grills or fireplaces like these.


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