Dig Those Fringe Benefits

Remember the days when patio decor was fun and exciting? When chair cushions were covered in colors and floral patterns so vibrant they could be seen from space? Sure, the bare aluminum framework of those early sets probably scorched the hair right off your arms on hot days, but who even noticed when you were lounging…

Life’s a Breeze-Block!

If there’s a single midcentury architectural design element that makes me squeal like a polyester-clad teenager at an Elvis concert, it’s the breeze block. Depending upon your geographical location, you might also know these as screen blocks, decorative cinder blocks, hollow concrete blocks, textile blocks, Besser blocks (in Australia) or architectural blocks. But regardless of…

Make a Little Birdhouse in Your Soul

Well it’s officially summer and if you’re anything like us, you have no less than 472 warm-weather-dependent house restoration projects on your list. So what should you do first? Forget all those and spend a week meticulously crafting a tiny replica birdhouse of your 1965 ranch home, of course. 

You’ve Got Mail. From 1965.

Remember when you received mail that you actually wanted? Yep, those were the days. Those were actually the exact days I was dreaming of when we first bought the Retro Ranch and I discovered that it came with the original 1965 galvanized steel mailbox crafted by Leigh Building Products and approved by the Postmaster General himself. 

Throw Your Hands in the Air If You’s a Teal Player

When it comes to the color teal, I’m all in. Teal, aqua, turquoise, cyan, aquamarine, robins egg blue, Tiffany blue, Pantone 319C–whatever you want to call it, if it appears midway between blue and green on the visible spectrum, I’m helpless against its power. This particular shade has been my favorite color ever since I…

Must Be The Season of The Kitsch

Tag sales, garage sales, rummage sales, lawn fetes, yard bazaars– whatever you prefer to call them, the season is now upon us. Those types of sales are all fine and good for most people hunting for a bargain, but I prefer rummaging exclusively through dead people’s things. Ok, that sounded way more creepy and goth-y than…

With a Retro Yell, She Cried Floors! Floors! Floors!

Some people like to constantly Instagram their restaurant meals. Others obsessively selfie with friends. I, on the other hand, exhibit similar compulsive tendencies when my iPhone and retro flooring end up in the same room together. This most commonly occurs during open houses or estate sales, but can also happen in Chinese restaurants, 1960’s office buildings, or dressing rooms…

Retro Ranch Dressing

Not everyone will tell you what’s in their secret sauce. Have you ever gushed over the decor de jour at a friend’s house, casually inquiring how they assembled such an exquisite collection of complimentary pieces, only to be met with the reply “Oh, I just discovered them in my travels…” or some other nonsensical vagaries? Well I like…

Rummer Loving Happened So Fast

If you’ve driven around Portland, Oregon you’ve seen them. There are at least a couple hundred scattered throughout the residential neighborhoods that surround the city. Their sleek, gabled rooflines, clerestory windows, vaulted entranceways illuminated by globe pendant lights, and carports that sometimes house swanky vehicles like old Mercedes SLs, Dodge Dart Swingers, and maybe even…

The Wayback Machine

Ever wonder what your house looked like when it was first built? Who the original owners were? Where the furniture was placed? What the landscaping looked like back then? These are the things vintage enthusiasts become curious about when they buy a home that has a few decades under it’s belt. But since most post-war…