Monthly Archives: April 2013

Atomic / Tiki Drapes Round Out the Master Bedroom


We are finally finished in the master bedroom.

Just this morning, I finished making the drapes and got those hung. Take a look:

The walls are Caribbean Coral from the Sherwin Williams Suburban Modern Collection. That tension pole lamp was picked up from a local resale shop. It matches my Tiki theme perfectly.

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The only retro looking  fan we could afford:

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The bedding was on clearance at Target last fall.

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Another shadow box for my collection.

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Some of my Tiki themed finds:

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Here is a close up of the drapery fabric. I got it on Ebay for a great price. It is an  Atomic 50’s reproduction from 2002.  I wanted to coordinate with my green and yellow pottery pieces, the coral on the wall and that funky orange and green pole lamp!

It was a dream to work with. Heavy enough to drape nicely and light enough to make the sewing simple.

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What do you think folks? Have I hit the mark with this room?

Mid Century Lighting


There are lots of photos in this post so hang in there.

We have FINALLY updated most of the lighting  here on Croydon Place. With the exception of the basement, which at the moment is in the middle of its own renovation after a sewer backup last month, every room in this mid-century home has new and / or more appropriate lighting.

When we purchased the house it was adorned with  Shabby Chic and Tuscan inspired pieces,  a couple of original built-ins and one from the 70’s which smoked and sizzled when turned on.

Slowly we have changed them out by getting  some cool ones on Ebay or at garage sales and filling in with retro inspired ones from our local Lowes and Menards home improvement stores.

Here are the new outdoor sconces on either side of the garage door and the patio. They replaced white Colonial lanterns from the 1990’s. They are very dark brown and match an older (original?) light already in place outside. I like the way the light shines up and down the brick at night.

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Here is an original built-in light fixture on the front porch. I think it was originally chrome and matched the one above my kitchen sink.

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Don’t you just  love the plaster patch around this light? GRRRRR….

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Here is another built-in with chrome trim in the main bath.  Below this was the original location of the washer and dryer. Those floor to ceiling cabinets were added later. Someone did not check their measurements; the cabinet trim had to be cut around the chrome trim of this light.

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I picked up a set of 4 vintage matching cone-shaped lights on Ebay. 2 were double and 2 single. I like that they can to turned and twisted in the direction you need light.

They ended up in the entry, the hallway and in the 2 smaller bedrooms:

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This atomic looking cutie also came from Ebay. It is now in my office and coordinates with the wall sconce above:

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This copper one is from a garage sale. It is now in the knotty pine utility room off of the kitchen:

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This was also from Ebay and is now above my tiled in mirror in the main bath. It has a built-in electrical outlet but no one here is tall enough to use it 😦

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Because it is hot here in the summer, and our central air conditioning was probably an unprofessional upgrade a few years back,  we need ceiling fans in the main rooms. I searched far and wide for ones that I thought would look like they actually belong here and that we could afford. No,  they are not authentic, but when it is 100 degrees who really cares?  I think they still look pretty retro.

These 2 are in the master bedroom and guest room. They are black, have a low profile and look sleek:

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These 2 are in the kitchen and living room. I like that the 3 blades look like airplane propellers.

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They did not come with lighting. I picked up the fixture for this one on Ebay. I think it looks sort of “space” like.
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Check back soon to see the updated Master Bedroom. I am making window coverings with some Atomic repro fabric I purchased on Ebay. When I have those done I will post the unveiling!

Have a great week everyone!

Why You Should NEVER Carpet the Basement


Homeownership does not come without its problems. You know: costly repairs and upkeep, rising real estate taxes and insurance,  the never-ending “to do” list.

Last month we had a little setback here at Croydon Place.

Lest I be a “Debbie Downer” I will keep it brief. We came home from church a few Sundays back and discovered that we had SEWER backup in the floor drain of my basement. Not in the workroom of Hubbys that just has a painted concrete floor. No, it backed up in the very large nicely carpeted and heavily furnished family room that we just put together before Christmas.

It looked like this before:

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In a few short hours it became this:

Note: the black area to the right is the point of entry.

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Isn’t that a lovely room?

After hurrying to move sofas, tables, chairs, a china cupboard (full of dishes) the stereo, hundreds of record albums, a dinette & chairs, lamps and all the “decor” to anywhere we could find room, sewer men with large equipment had to be dispatched (on Sunday no less). The city sewer crew was called in to make sure it was our issue and not theirs. Three times.

The carpet and pad had to be cut out and hauled away. Then everything had to be scrubbed clean. There was no way we were going to re carpet that room, lest this happen again.

We had to patch holes in the floor where the carpet tacking strips has been screwed into the concrete.  Glue had to be scraped off. We decided while we had the mess we would paint the whole space and also Hubbys workroom.

NONE of this was planned. We were actually in the middle of painting our bedroom 😦 That same day the water pipe running along the basement ceiling to the outside faucet broke loose and sprayed my basement with water.  And we got up the next morning to no hot water. After the plumber got here it was determined that the part for the water heater would have to be ordered and Fed Exed to us. Again on our dime.

Yes we had insurance coverage. But it takes weeks to get a check.  You have to pay for all the repairs before it comes. And you have to deal with the mess.  A big mess. I will be showing you all the changes down there as soon as we are finished. I think it is gonna look fab!

We have also recently gotten new lighting, retro fans and are finishing off the master bedroom.

Stay tuned for updates!