The expansion of Mid-Century Style

We’ve finally gotten organized and launched Mid-Century Motels! It’s still in it’s infant stages, but look for posts over the next few weeks with more motels and more pictures! Please let me know if there are motels you’ve stayed at that should be highlighted. I’m going to be scouring the internet, but I’d love input on your favorite spots. I also am proud to be the new  National Mid Century Design Examiner! I can’t wait to explore Mid-Century style and get input from all of you over in that forum!…

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Want to spend hours looking at 50's interiors photos?

Sure you do! I haven’t plugged my fantastic Flickr group here for a while, so I thought I’d take this change to direct you all to the group I started on Flickr FOREVER ago – now with 1700 members (can you believe?) and almost 5000 images – there’s a ton of great stuff to look at! Here’s a sample: Please join us at “The 1950’s Interior Design and Residential Architecture Flickr Group!”

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One man's trash….I found a home for my retro Animal Crackers box!

And honestly this became a treasure – I’m SO happy! Jason on Flickr, found my picture of this box that I posted for Pam’s 1st Annual Useless but Wonderful contest. It turns out that this is Jason’s “thing” – Go visit his Flickr page to check out the fabulous collection he has! It’s great if you’re into retro packaging or even art! So, a bit of experimental packing and off it went to it’s new home! I love it when someone really cherishes the past! Thanks Jason for giving this…

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Check out this patio

I’m sure you’re all as eager for summer as I am and so I was thrilled when I saw this finished patio makeover by Stephen over at Cliff May Restoration: Things have been unnaturally busy here (more later) but I wanted to share this with you – be sure to click through on the link to see the “before”. He’s done an awesome job.

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The Apache Motel in Moab Utah

Another notch in our Mid-Century Motel belt is the Apache Motel in Moab, Utah (be careful, fabulous photos ahead!) Thanks to my friend Staci for this one! The ONLY place we will ever stay for a shower/pool/sleep-in-a-real-bed break in the midst of summer camping/exploring adventures in the Canyonlands area is The Apache Motel in Moab, Utah. Here is a link – http://www.moab-utah.com/apachemotel/.   Actually, they have a sign out on the main street/highway that looks like a big arrow that was shot into the ground! The Apache is definitely not…

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The White Sands: Mid Century Motel – Alamogordo NM

Night before last we enjoyed a lovely night at the White Sands Motel in Alamogordo New Mexico. Situated along main street within reach of chain restaurants or some interesting local eateries, it was a nice place to rest after a long day. If you’re not familiar with the area, this is a fabulous place to stay to enjoy the White Sands National Monument or the New Mexico Space Museum (which was closed, but that’s another story). The hotel is mid-century heaven from the outside, with sculptured trees and shrubs outside…

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More bathroom updates

Ok, so here’s the tile selection so far: So, now the drama is the floor tiles. Grey? (to match the vanity?) or black? (too dark) – white – too bright! What? ideas? Help! The other issue is what’s available. Everything is these earthy (NON-50’s) tones that are NOT us. Frankly anything esle is really hard to find. Keep in mind we’re doing this this month – so we don’t have 60-90 days OR unlimited funds to get tile. Budget. Time issues.

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The bathroom plan – so far

Ok, so I may take flack, but yes, we’re taking down the pink plastic tiles in the bathroom, too many are missing or broken and so we’re replacing it all with square black tile. Here’s what we’re planning for a vanity (to the right). Then we’re going to inset some glass tiles in a stripe around the bathroom. So, we’re not really going with much 50’s – more modern – but I’m going to do 50’s accessories (bark cloth shower curtain) and I really would love these lights. Well, that’s…

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