Category Archives: Garage

Shut the (Mid-Century) Front Door


Here it is! After 6 years of this project getting pushed aside for more pressing matters (roof, landscaping, gutters, water heater, kitchen and bathroom remodels, backyard shed, etc.) we finally have a period appropriate front door on our ranch.


It is a Builders Choice fiberglass door that we special ordered through Home Depot. They have a few other retro styles and can be ordered either primed white or finished in several colors. We chose a primed one and painted it this great minty green. The color is called Haven from Sherwin Williams.


The Schlage brass escutcheon was NOS that I purchased on eBay.


Since we were focusing on the outside this spring, I thought we needed some new planters to amp up the curb appeal. These match our new garage door colors: Holiday Turquoise and Haven by Sherwin Williams.

101_6212We also painted the undersides of the large overhangs on the house using the Holiday Turquoise. It is from the Suburban Modern collection.



I have also been changing things up on the inside. This bark cloth tablecloth was scooped off of Etsy with a Mothers Day gift card. It coordinates nicely with my drapes.


I think Judy Jetson would be proud.


The new Goodwill store in my town has been a treasure trove lately. I am keeping the Vegas tray. Everything else will go in my Etsy shop.


I found this plant (?) stand at Goodwill also. With a Home Depot bowl planter I think it looks good with my turquoise hoop chairs.



This chaise was picked up last summer and sports a new coat of paint and colorful cushion. I also spray painted those little plant stands in new colors.

101_6197 I picked up a new umbrella for the patio table. We are still searching for a different patio dining table.


Check back soon to see the newly painted cupola and weather vane on top of the garage!

The Long Hot Summer


No room showcase. No DIY tips. No bragging about my bargains this week.

My creative side has taken a vacation. With all this heat I can barely remember how to make dinner. It’s a good thing Hubby likes tomatoes. They are the only thing flourishing in this desert we call the Midwest.

So I just snapped some random shots of life here on Croydon  Place. We are slowly changing things. Creeping along actually.

This framed paint-by-number was a garage sale find for $1.  I love the shape of the frame. It needed a good cleaning and has moved around the house and finally landed here in the entry. The period light fixture was an Ebay find. I have 3 more that match it. They are lighting up the end of the hall, the guest room and office.

This big glass block window is in my hall bath. I love the little window that opens in the center. It has a deep marble ledge that is fun to decorate. Wait till you see what I do here for Christmas!

There are also 2 identical windows in the garage. Oh, and this vintage bird bath was left here 🙂

I finally decided on the basement curtains. The Star Burst won out.

Here is the newest addition to my cookbook addiction, picked up last week at the thrift store. I have decided that I need ALL of the Betty Crocker spiral cookbooks from the 60’s. I have 6 so far.

This is our 13-year-old Lab “Woody” trying to keep cool:

He is a sweet old gentleman 🙂

This recently left our garage for a new home:

(Hubby and Son #2 are gear heads.)

It has been replaced by this:

The garage seems to be ever evolving into a sort of work room/mechanic shop/man cave so I will post photos when it a little more finished.

Here is a cozy spot for early morning coffee:

I promise to be a little more productive in the coming weeks; hopefully it will cool off.

I have been dreaming of a good snowstorm, so I have kept busy inside organizing my vintage Christmas stash,  getting ready to craft and list holiday items on Ebay and Etsy. I have boxes and boxes (and more boxes) of mid-century “Kitschmas” that I have been picked up all year on my thrifting trips.

I guess that is where the term “Christmas in July” comes from 🙂