Friday, January 29, 2010

Psychedelic Foil Wallpaper

Readers, I need your opinion. My husband and I are preparing to remove the psychedelic silver foil wallpaper in one of our bathrooms. We have intended to tear out the wallpaper since the day we bought the house. However, now that it's time, I'm feeling uncertain about it. I would like some input from you. Should we tear out the wallpaper?
This wallpaper was put in the bathroom in the early '70s. It's silver foil with groovy pink and white swirls. Although it's nearly 40 years old, it's in excellent condition. Should we keep the wallpaper because it's cool and unusual?
Or, should it go because it doesn't match the '50s design in the rest of the house? Does the loud design compete too much with the bold atomic pattern in the barkcloth curtains? Is that a good enough reason to tear it out? 
So, tell me what you think. Should the wallpaper stay or go?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

American Modern Dinnerware from Bauer Pottery

When I posted yesterday about my growing collection of American Modern dinnerware designed by Russel Wright, I forgot to mention that reproductions are available through Bauer Pottery. 14 pieces are available in in chartreuse, sea foam, coral, granite, white and can be ordered directly through Bauer Pottery.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Russel Wright Collection is Growing

Last summer, I started a Russel Wright dinnerware collection with a set of 8 American Modern plates in granite grey and coral and a grey chop platter that I found at an estate sale.

Recently, I found more at another estate sale, also in coral. This time I found more interesting pieces, like the celery tray, covered vegetable dish, vegetable bowl, and lug bowls. The photo above shows the color more accurately.
On Saturday, I found a matching sugar bowl and creamer in a half price sale at an antique store. I'm enjoying collecting American Modern dinnerware much more than Franciscan Starburst because it's easier to find and more affordable.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Found in the Attic

Over the weekend, we found several boxes in the attic that we had never noticed before. They were tucked away in a hidden spot in the attic.

When we bought the house, we hoped that maybe the original bathroom light fixtures were stored away somewhere in the house. We searched the attic, which, except for a wooden shoe from Germany and an old television antenna, appeared to be empty. When we found these boxes, we wondered if our wish might have come true.
We opened the first box. It was filled with boy scout stuff from the 1950s. The next two boxes were filled with more family mementos--photos, scrapbooks, and other keepsakes. We tracked down the former owner of the house and returned those items to her.

The last two boxes didn't contain the light fixtures we were hoping to find. However, they did contain something for the house, and it was something we needed. The boxes were filled with extra pink tile for our bathroom. Now we can fix the broken tiles under the sink!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Mod of the Moment

Mod of the Moment
Sunday, January 17th
3576 S. Winston Avenue (corner of 36th st. and S. Winston)

If you're in the Tulsa area, you won't want to miss Modern Tulsa's first Mod of the Moment event this Sunday. There will be drinks, refreshments, and music inside a 1954 mid-century modern house designed by Cecil Stanfield. Mod of the Moment is a showcase of modern homes that are currently for sale.

I've driven past this particular house many times, but have never had the opportunity to see it from the inside. I'm excited about the open house this weekend and I'm looking forward to the next Mod of the Moment. To see more photos of the house, go to Modern Tulsa's website.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Vintage Poodle Wastebasket and Tissue Box

With the holidays and inclement weather, I haven't spent much time looking for vintage finds. I did get this wastebasket and tissue box cover from the 1950s. The poodle has rhinestone eyes and a sparkly rhinestone collar.
The tissue cover is much smaller than modern tissue boxes, so the box won't fit inside. I took all the tissues out of their cardboard box and put them in the metal one.


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