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Retro in Toronto

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Retro in Toronto

After several trips to Toronto in this past year to visit one of our sons, I have compiled quite a few snapshots of life there.

I love to see how others do “vintage”. I also am a history buff so visiting an old city is full of inspiration.

This beautiful city does not disappoint.

Of course, what kind of vacation would it be if we didn’t check out the local eateries?

The Lakeview is on old diner. It was featured on the popular television show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.

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The Kit Kat is a great Italian place, nestled in an old building downtown. You have to walk through the kitchen and around a large tree growing up the center of the restaurant.

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I love the neon signs. And the food.

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Did I mention how pretty the currency is in Canada? It is in mid-century colors: aqua, green and lavender. It makes it much more fun to spend! They match my vintage French wallet.

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We always managed to hit up some vintage shops. Like any big city, prices are high but still fun to look. Someone made a cool Christmas scene in this old television.

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Retro and mid-century lighting:

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And of course you must go to a Farmers Market. This is the biggest one in Toronto.

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We also took a boat ride to the Islands. How cool is this Tiki themed taxi-boat?

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This was the counter in a coffee shop.

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Pretty macarons in a French Bakery:

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This is the Canadian National Exposition, similar to a Worlds Fair for Canada. The fairgrounds are quite old.

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I am a little obsessed with chairs. Here is some retro seating in the reception area of our sons office.

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This chair is just crazy cool. Love the little tray for your laptop, paperwork or coffee.

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This cool light fixture is in the historic Drake Hotel. They have an awesome brunch.

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We do lots of walking when there. I love to snap photos of mid-century architecture. Look at those railings on the balconies of this apartment building.

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This 1877 building is all that remains of the old Central prison. It is the former chapel. As you can see it sits among the high rises and is protected from demolition.

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We love the coffee shops. And old pots. And coffee.

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Some vintage themed travel posters:

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This cool motorcycle shop was a must see:

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They like Richie and the Fonz as much as we do.

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I hope you enjoyed these few snippets of our travels this past year. These little trips were a nice distraction from the long reno going on here at home.

Come back soon as I fess up about my latest obsession: vintage bedding. My collection is outgrowing my linen cabinets.

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Keeping Retro Style in the 3/4 Bath

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Two posts in one week? I know, I can’t believe it either.

The LONG 8-month reno is finally over. The last project to be finished was the 3/4 bath, located off of our kitchen.

The toilet and sink in this bath were Universal Rundle green dated 1953. We feel these fixtures are original to this bath, although it was updated at some point, probably in the 70’s. With an older home, I guess sometimes we will just never know everything about its’ past.

These are photos of the bathroom when we were considering buying this home:

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Because this bath was fully functional and in good working order, we simply painted the room a pale gray, spruced it up a bit and added accessories to better reflect our style.

DSCF1532DSCF1530DSCF1533peach bath master bedroom 020The black and white ceramic tile floor was added shortly before we purchased the home, sloppily installed for resale.

When it came time for the renovations of the kitchen and baths, it was decided that the door to the bathroom would be better located around the corner in the mud room. This helped to give me more space for the kitchen layout and made more sense visually. I also wanted closer access to this bathroom from outdoors and the garage.

101_2002Here is the beautiful new door, stained to match the original knotty pine in the mud room. We used Amber Shellac by Zinsser to finish the door. It took 3 or 4 coats to get it dark enough to match the original knotty pine walls, which I am sure has darkened over the years.

101_3137Since the vanity was not original, we did not keep it. It was handmade, of poor quality and not the style we wanted. I was unable to source a vintage one in the correct size or style to accommodate the original sink and also fit the dimensions of the room.

Unfortunately for us, our area is far away from any Craigslist. We don’t have a Goodwill, Habitat Re-Store or building salvage business anywhere close by. After pricing a custom-made cabinet, it was decided that we would buy a new vanity from IKEA. White was the color of choice since this bath is dark with only one tiny window. The new vanity also matches the adjoining kitchen cabinets.

Since this IKEA vanity would not accommodate the original vintage green sink and Huddee ring we purchased a new sink top. Without the green sink there was no point in keeping the green toilet.

Sadly, both are sitting in my garage. I have listed them for sale (cheap) on several vintage sites online. It seems not many appreciate mid-century mint green bathrooms or fixtures.

When removing the 70’s vanity to install the Armstrong VCT commercial flooring, we found the ghost marks of a smaller vanity. We were right, the vanity had been changed at some point.

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We did keep the original angled shower (with groovy etched swan door) intact.

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We painted the walls Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray (from the Suburban Modern collection). I used vintage atomic window valances I already had. The original lighted medicine cabinet also remained in place. The simple chrome faucet was from Lowes.

101_3134101_3133This retro travel poster has been following me around for years. It brought in some much needed color to the otherwise clinical looking room.

101_3135We needed a bit more lighting in here too, so DH rewired an inexpensive IKEA table lamp and made it into a swag for the corner. I love the way the light shines through the perforations onto the walls and ceiling.

It feels so good to have all of the messes gone and a clean, organized home again. Two functioning bathrooms and a kitchen! Yay!

I was really getting tired of take out, having to wash dishes in the main bath sink and trying to make the refrigerator part of the living room decor.

Stay tuned. My next post will tell you what I learned (and what I would have done differently) in this remodel.

The Reveal

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I had been putting off posting an update on our remodel here at the ranch, but realized the holidays are right around the corner and I better get movin’!

The finishing touches are being put on the kitchen just in time for me to start dragging out the Christmas boxes.

The cabinets, hardware, appliances, sink, faucet and under cabinet lighting are all from IKEA. For the style, storage options and price you just cannot beat their 20% off sale. Their white thermofoil cabinetry reminds me of steel cabinets and gave me the futuristic look I wanted. I designed the kitchen using their online planner and took into consideration our lifestyle and era of the home.

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The sputnik light fixtures are from Practical Props and the sconce lights are Havana from Jonathan Adler.

The flooring is Armstrong commercial VCT in charcoal, gray and teal. I had it professionally waxed after installation.

The original ceiling tiles were stained and damaged and no longer manufactured. We replaced them with a similar style that were special ordered from Menards.

The silver starburst decals I added to the soffits were purchased from Etsy.

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The pinch pleat window coverings were made from 20 yards of vintage atomic fabric I also purchased on Etsy a few months ago.

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The retro inspired counter top and back splash is Betty from Wilsonart. We used aluminum trim where the counter meets the back splash to give it a more mid century feel.

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We purchased a NOS chrome exhaust fan grill cover off of eBay. It fits our original Emerson Pryne fan perfectly.

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We kept the original knotty pine walls in the mudroom and I used  Ikeas stainless cabinetry in there.

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We opened up the kitchen into the living room and added a coffee bar on the kitchen side and a snack bar in the living room.  I can now see the fireplace from the kitchen!

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Hubby and I have eaten plenty of lunches at this counter.

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I will soon be putting up the Christmas decor and planning for a swanky holiday party.

Check back soon to see all of my kitschy holiday decor!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.