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Linen Love

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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.

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

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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.

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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:

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

Here is the Bates bedspread I found in earth tones.

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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The Start of the Basement

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Well this past Saturday was a busy one here on Croydon Place, especially in the basement.

Until now this area has just been used as a catch-all, office, work room, storage area and tornado warning destination. The fact that you  have to get to it from the garage is kind of strange (although I guess not so unusual in our area) so we just kind of forget about it. We have planned all along to make it Hubbys domain, but have been so busy upstairs and outside that this project just got moved to the bottom of the list. You know, that list that never gets completed and just keeps getting added to.

Not this day.

It was very hot outside and Hubby gave up wire brushing the rust off of our vintage patio set.  This is the one we picked up last week  (the cool black and white umbrella has been scrubbed clean and is in the garage waiting for its premier).

Instead He decided to head down the basement (where it was cooler) and I went with him.

We moved, pushed, pulled, heaved, turned and shoved our way through an entire wall of Christmas decorations, 2 Christmas trees, a 1950’s sectional, the heaviest coffee table EVER, 2 blond end tables, a green chrome dinette set, a 40’s fringe trimmed chair, the blond china cabinet that matches our dining table, a stereo, television, desk, record cabinet, 2 magazine racks, a microwave and other assorted items that have found their way down there since the big move 18 months ago.

Not to say that we are anywhere near DONE; we have just started. But we have all of the Christmas decor labeled and moved into the storage area. I am so ready to start sewing the curtains.

But first things first.  Since there are only a few outlets in the entire basement, we have to have an electrician come to add more.  (You know how I love lamps).  I am sure we have created a fire hazard with all the extension cords down there. The new outlets will have to be mounted on the surface of the walls since 3 of the walls in this big room are block. We will also shampoo the carpet.

These photos are the beginnings of Hubbys domain: The walls are painted a goldish mustard. Probably not my choice (I would have went lighter for a basement) but it was freshly painted when we moved in and it will do for now.

This area shows the door to the HUGE storage room. My plan is to have a snack area/wet bar on the left. Those Monaco Gran Prix posters will be hung.

This chair came from the lobby of the long gone Woodruff Hotel in Joliet, IL . I have been told that postcards from this hotel showing these chairs exist. So far they have eluded me.

How about this green tartan plaid carpet? I know plaids are shown in lots of mid-century advertising, but not on the floor. When I think mid-century tartan plaid I see a big thermos, coolers and picnic blankets. I can’t decide if I love it or hate it? It will stay for now.

The 2 piece sectional is placed end to end along the long wall. If we find another blond  corner table we may put them in an  “L”.

Which fabric for curtains/pillows? 60’s botanical, atomic boomerangs or the star burst one?  I don’t care if it is only 1 small window in the basement. It must have a cool curtain!

The view up the stairs. Yes that is the garage up there.

The heaviest coffee table on the planet. Note the vintage table tennis set, still in the original box!

This end of the room will be for overflow eating or game/card playing:

The only window in this big room. How exactly am I going to hide that pipe? Long curtains?

No Scarface was not my choice. But that huge wall hanging is hiding the entrance to the crawl space:

So what do you think? Does it have possibilities?

What about the fabrics for curtains/pillows?

What about that carpet? Do we hate it or should I be happy with it?