I am a new convert to Mid Century Modest/ Modern. The fact that I now live in a 1952 brick ranch has a lot to do with that.

I was a long time “frilly farmhouse” kind of gal but hubby and I found ourselves empty nesters and it was time to downsize. And boy did we!

I have learned to love where I am. We are slowly replacing all of our furnishings Β and decor on a shoestring budget.

I love to cook, garden, decorate, craft, re-purpose and shop for vintage.



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  1. Enjoyed reading about you on Retro Renovation and found your blog. I was wondering if you have already put the Katy-Did candy container up on eBay? That was my nickname as a child and I have a retro-decorated summer cottage that I would love to put it in (it was featured here: http://retrorenovation.com/?s=kate+meleney). Thanks so much!

    • Thanks for reading πŸ™‚ The Katy-Did container is for sale at the shop where I sell in my town. I am going to work there today for a bit; if it is still there are you interested in purchasing it? I so let me know and I will bring it home. I enjoyed reading about your cottage also!

  2. I saw your post on the Hang it all grill. I was wondering if you still have it and how much you are asking for it including shipping to 15501 zip

  3. I found a couple of kentley trays with the romance of Fifi and pepe. One is scene 4, which on your blog you said you were looking for. I would be happy to give it to you. It was my mom’s. my email is anne2580@ msn.com if you are interested and assuming the postage isn’t too high.

  4. Hello! Just found your blog via Retro Renovation. You have a fabulous collection of MCM and I like the added personal touches. But most of all I appreciate your attitude – so down to earth. I am fairly new to Mid Century collecting. I have found a lot of , well, snobbery. The expensive designer names are beyond my budget. I subscribe to the mid century modest idea. I’m almost an empty nester and am planning to downsize – to sell my Century home (expensive upkeep) and buy a nice bungalow in the suburbs where I grew up in the 1960’s. I shop Etsy a lot and notice that you will ship to Canada. So I will be visiting your store often. Thank you for sharing your passion!

    • Thank you for checking my blog Sharon! I have no room for snobbery in my life either. Everything I do, whether it is buying clothes, groceries, items for my home, or even gifts, is done on a budget. And besides, I love a challenge. If there is anything you are interested in from my Etsy shop, just let me know and I can quote you a shipping price. Again, thank you for reading my “ramblings” and for your kind words; I really appreciate it πŸ™‚

  5. I saw your post about purchasing the Lane Acclaim bedroom set at an estate sale. I see a lot of the coffee/end tables on e-bay but no bedroom sets. Do you know if the bedroom furniture is somewhat rare? My parents have a full set (nine drawer w/mirror, five drawer highboy, headboard and nightstand). I was going to sell it for them but am now falling in like with it. They purchased it new in 1963 (the year I was born too!) As a kid I begged them to get rid of it and now I think I want it.

    • Now that you mention it, the coffee and end tables do seem to be more common. I have never seen another bedroom set or a dining room set. Over at Retro Renovation, Pam has scanned a copy of a Lane Acclaim catalog, perhaps your parents set is in there? My set was. Here is the link:


      Maybe read through the comments and see if anyone else has any bedroom sets.

      The gentleman I purchased mine from said it was his parents, who married in 1960 and this was their first set. I do not have a nightstand though. It is not my favorite style (we are looking for a blond set which seems to be elusive at the moment) but the Lane set was a good price and still fits in our mid century home.

      It is funny how we did not like our parents taste back then and now we want it! I was born in late 1961 and wish I could remember more! At one point my parents had a pink and grey kitchen with pink appliances πŸ™‚

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