Category Archives: Office

A Quick Review of Paint Colors


Now I can say it:

Every single room in our ranch home has been painted. Walls, ceilings, trim, floor, windows, doors,  you name it.  If it COULD be painted it HAS BEEN painted. Inside and out.

We have used the Sherwin Williams Suburban Modern Collection as our palette. That kept it pretty simple and avoided hauling multiple paint chips home to agonize over. And besides: it is just paint.

Here is the new paint scheme on the original (we think) 1951 garage door using white, Caribbean Coral and Harvest Gold:

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Caribbean Coral in the Master bedroom:

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Harvest Gold in the living room, entry and hallway. All of the doors and trim are white:

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Chelsea Gray in the 3/4 bath:


Pinky Beige in the office:

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Aqua in the guest room and kitchen. This is not a true Sherwin Williams color. It is a cross between Holiday Turquoise and Burma Jade:

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The entire basement has been painted Chelsea Gray and Classic French Gray:

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The front and back door are also Caribbean Coral.  Someday I want a true mid-century door.

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The basement floor has an Epoxy floor paint the equivalent of  Plymouth Green: 

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All of the ceilings (in rooms where the wall color and ceiling are not the same) are Porcelain:

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It feel so good to have everything freshly painted and CLEAN.  The prep work was unreal. We had to remove stickers,  scotch tape, sloppy caulk  and bad patch jobs before we could even prime anything.

Now on to the next project: decorating the newly remodeled basement!

Enjoy the springtime everyone!

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!

Some of My Favorite Kitschmas


I have overcome some of my vintage hoarding tendencies but have not yet conquered my vintage Christmas wrapping paper addiction. And I don’t just crave the paper. I want tags, ribbon, cards and all the trimmings. One good thing though, I do actually use it!

Here are a few pics of some of my hoard:

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Here are some tags:

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More paper:

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This is one I use just for display in my office:

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Here are some Kitschmas items that I have recently acquired, and a few that have been with us awhile.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa skiing and skating. I just picked these up for $1 at a local resale shop a few weeks back.

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I love this  Santa tray from Etsy.  It is hanging in my knotty pine laundry room.

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These handmade stockings were a recent estate sale find. Perfect for Hubby and I, since we are empty nesters.

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This great Tom and Jerry set is a rare pattern. It came with us from the farmhouse.

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Another estate sale find:  NOS Christmas towels, still in the package. I love the aqua in them!

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The great thing about having a holiday birthday is that my gifts are often Christmas themed 🙂  This is from my dear Hubby. I love the pine cone motif and can use it for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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This ceramic Santa Claus Post Office Bank has been with us for 23 Christmases.

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One of my all time favorite ornaments. Another gift from Hubby. It looks just like the stove in my kitchen!

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I fill all the built ins near the fireplace.

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Some vintage gift boxes under the aluminum tree:
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I have most  of my Bradford and Jewel Brite  ornaments on that tree
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With all the festivities, you may not hear from me again until after the Holidays!

I hope you are all having a great Christmas season!