#3 – Detail from our house – doorbell

This is our doorbell. We love it. Very cool and very original. Nothing amazing sound-wise, but I think the style is awesome.

Again, this is an example of things that aren’t really “atomic” but are 50’s. “Normal” house things. I like atomic, but frankly most of it doesnt’ really “fit” into our house – I love 50’s stuff that looks like the things we all grew up with.

Oh, the clock is obviously ours…what do all of you think about the merging of new and usable and retro?

My brother and I have an ongoing discussion about windows….trying to preserve the old “look” and get the heat/cold retention you want. It’s tough. Vinyl windows just never look right. He’s painstakingly restored all of his 1890’s house stuff with the exact duplicates of historical detail….be damned the cost and heat loss. Our house has metal window frames…and so I’m sure we’ll go vinyl at some point, but I don’t want to loose our stucco curved walls to the windows or our terra cotta tile window sills….cool! Maybe that’s my detail for tomorrow!

share this:


More articles:

Mid Century furniture Mania

The popularity of 1950s and ’60s furnishings has sparked a sharp rise in prices and a drop in inventory, says Victoria couple Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/century+mania/4015342/story.html#ixzz19hoOzCTL

Read More

Never a day I don't miss Mad Men

Well, if you’re like me and a huge fan of Mad Men, then you think about it constantly…ha, ha. Ok, maybe not, but a lot! I got an invite to do a guest blogger spot on a parenting blog coming up with a craft for kids. I immediately thought paper dolls and so just out of curiosity I Googled “mad men paper dolls” to see if anyone had come up with the idea. Sure enough

Read More

Design Idea Guide: Modern Makeover for a Clawfoot Tub

Great post over at “House In Progress” under their: Design Idea Guide: Modern Makeover for a Clawfoot Tub, wondering how to “hide” a clawfoot tub to make it blend in more with a 50’s house. I found this picture in the Ladies Home Journal 50’s decorating book: It looks like a clawfoot tub under…what do you think? I’m wondering what the material is surrounding it? Kind of a cool idea! I have to say “hooray”

Read More

Patio progress!

We’re so excited to make progress (compare to the photo in the previoius post). Now we can’t wait to finish it. There was weeding to do and flagstone to move – I’m sick of moving the stuff! Because of water run off issues, we had to grout in the row of travertine (weird choice, but it looked the best) and the flagstone will run up to it. So, I’m sure we’ll have more to post next

Read More