Category Archives: Vintage tropical

The Original Tiled Hall Bath is (almost) Done!


It feels so good to have one room finished in this epic remodel.

You may remember that we are remodeling our kitchen and both bathrooms. Part of this reno involved moving the washer/ dryer from the mudroom back to the main bath, where they were located when our home was built in 1952.

Sounds pretty simple right? Just unhook them and move them in? I wish! Plumbing had to be re-done, the old dryer vent was not up to code and had to be moved, and the built-in cabinets that were covering the old laundry area had to be dismantled and rebuilt. Not to mention I was losing lots of storage space 😦

You may see the “before” photos in the last few posts.

Here are some “after” photos:


The knobs/ pulls are from my old kitchen cabinets and were reused on the cabinetry in here. That little area to the right of the dryer is the only place I could fit a hamper. Luckily it is on wheels and I can roll it out of the way when I need to get to my stuff. I would still like to find a vintage one.



The old doors from the built-ins were cut down and reused on the vanity:





This is the area that needs some very shallow cabinetry for toiletries, either wall hung or on the floor. I am still looking.


I am having a hard time decorating in here since it is now my laundry room AND bathroom. In addition to losing so much storage, I had to make room for laundry supplies.

Is it perfect? No. Is it better? Yes!

I could not see gutting this space to “update” it.  Moving the washer/ dryer back in there also gave me much more room for flexibility in my new kitchen plan!

Stay tuned. The drywall starts getting hung in the kitchen area tomorrow, bright and early 🙂

Summer Thrifting


Well, July has come and gone. It was just a blur of crazy busy days.

Our French girl has gone home and I am back to weekly thrifting stops.

Here are a few recent finds:

This atomic looking ice bucket would have been right at home on the Jetsons. I have been looking at similar ones on Etsy but just could not afford them.  This  was $5.

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This lamp needs a funky fiberglass shade and will go in the basement with our green sectional. It was $16.

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I love this swirly black and white casserole for $5. It is perfect and still like new.

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Here are some kitchen items I got at an estate sale for $1 each. I am a little bit Pyrex addicted.

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I picked up a pair of these great soup / salad bowls for a few dollars. I love the starburst pattern!

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This $1 fiberglass bowl is signed Wm. A. Bostick. It looks great in my peach tiled bathroom:

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This bowl is super cool too. It was $2. I cannot find a pattern name for it. Since the lid is gone I use it for fresh fruit.

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This Glasbake loaf pan was $3. I have still not been able to identify this pattern either:

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This server has great hairpin legs. Another $1.

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These vintage Lawnware lights were $1 for all 3! I did not even know what they were until I got home and researched them. People made them for their patio, campers and Tiki rooms. They look so cool lit up.

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Here is a purse I found for $1.50. It is made from vintage drapery fabric:

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I also picked up an entire box of 1960’s dresses for $1 each. Here is one of my faves:

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Well what do you think? Have I found some deals or just more junk?

Hope you are enjoying this end of summer!

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?