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Linen Love


When does a passion become an addiction you say? Heck if I know. I am pretty sure I have crossed over the line. Sign me up for a recovery program.

I have always collected vintage tablecloths, aprons, curtains and fabrics. Most windows in my home are covered with vintage or reproduction bark cloth. My kitchen table sports a never-ending supply of colorful vintage tablecloths in fun prints.





I even have a vintage laundry bag. They are great to stick in your suitcase and corral dirty clothes while you are on vacation.


But this new obsession with vintage bedding is a recent problem that started off kind of innocently.  A few months back I decided that I wanted new (but vintage-y) bedspreads for our master bedroom and guest room. I jumped on Etsy and found 2 NOS Bates bedspreads.

The guest room search yielded a simple turquoise and very dark brown (almost black) plaid. This room is painted turquoise and the window valances are an atomic/ Tiki inspired bark cloth in brown, black, aqua, pink and maize. This simple bedspread would fit the bill and allow me to go a little crazy on sheets and pillowcases.


My master bedroom is painted Caribbean Coral and the curtains are an atomic bark cloth in brown, orange, green, gold and black. I decided that “earth tones” bedding would go great with those. My problem (or so I thought) was going be to finding vintage bedding to match. Boy was I wrong! Groovy florals. Mod geometrics. Atomic stars. I was having a ball!

After several weeks of online and thrift store buying, I have enough sheets, blankets, pillowcases and throw pillows to mix and match for several months and never repeat the same look twice. A good problem to have, no?

I will show you a little of my haul.

A NOS blanket found on Etsy, hanging on the line after a quick wash:

101_3905 A few sheet changes in the master:


I love the geometric top sheet and pillowcases. They remind me of the Flintstones!

Here is the Bates bedspread I found in earth tones.


The starburst top sheet below is just too cool. I also purchased one in another colorway for the guest room.


I guess I just like to have plenty of “choices”.



Check back soon to see what else I have stuffed into this linen cabinet.






Christmas Decorating Mid-Century Style


Sorry I am late showing you my Christmas decor this year. Our reno was finished just a few weeks ago.  We got the 3/4 bath completed just in time for a mid-mod party we hosted the weekend before Christmas.

We do have a few new Kitschmas things this year!

I purchased this vintage aluminum/ vinyl tree last summer for $8 at a garage sale. The original stand and box were both missing. I was told it belonged to the sellers grandmother. I had planned to sell in my Etsy shop.


Come Christmas, I loved it too much to let it go. I think it looks fab in our living room. That new color wheel is from Vermont Country Store. I purchased an LED floodlight for it and now it would light up a runway.

I have searched and searched trying to find information on that gold and white tree without much success. I was told it is probably Canadian.

Here is our living room lit up the evening:


And the kitchen:


I also have some new Christmas LP’s framed. I was given many of these for free at a garage sale a few months ago. The seller just wanted to get rid of all of her record albums and cases and told me to take as many as I wanted!


I was also able to find a slender 6 foot aluminum tree for my new kitchen this year. I got it on eBay; I was the only bidder! It fits perfect near the sliders.


These candy dishes were thrift store finds.  I love the Holt Howard one.



Here are a few displays in our new retro kitchen. The aqua and coral bottle brush trees are new from Target. The Christmas Pyrex promotional casserole was also a thrift store find.


We recently purchased a Silvertone Hi-Fi for the living room. Here it is ready to play some vintage Christmas tunes.


We still have a large aluminum tree in the basement family room.



This shelf has bounced around a bit; it ended up in the entry this year, loaded with smalls.


Now it’s time to take it all down, quit eating chocolate and hit the gym.

Hope you are all having a Happy New Year!



The Reveal


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.




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.


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


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.


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


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


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!


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


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.