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DIY Decorating Project: Mom’s Fabulous 50’s Kitchen

Jun 21, 2017 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

  We recently came across a blog that features a gorgeous 1950’s kitchen decorating project that we just had to share! The author of the blog, Kim Baer Cowden, describes how her mother and stepdad took the kitchen in their newly purchased home from rundown 1970’s grungy to 1950’s fabulous.     The photos in

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Shakin’ Things Up With Your Favorite Retro Characters

Jan 08, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

One of the most popular souvenirs picked up during travels in the ’50s and ’60s was the novelty salt and pepper shaker set. Whether custom designed for a particular destination or just adorable, such sets were small and functional. They could also serve as home decor, and it was not uncommon for people to display

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Retro Colors: Fiesta on Display

Apr 06, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Introduced in 1936, Fiesta dinnerware was casual yet inexpensive tableware in solid colors. One could easily mix and match colors to create a beautiful spectrum on the dinner table. The line was discontinued in 1972, but was revived in 1986. The original line featured just five colors – red (which was actually an orange), blue,

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Weekend DIY: Retro Canister Set

Apr 05, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Looking to spruce up an old set of canisters? Want to turn those blah-ones you picked up on sale into a retro-wonder? This walk-through on flickr (username: ignutzz) tells you just how to do it. You’ll need tape, primer and paint, along with a well-ventilated area. Now you can show off those storage containers in

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Design Trends: Retro Mushrooms

Mar 14, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Illustrated designs, especially of fruits and vegetables, were common on kitchenware, small appliances and textiles in the 1960s and 1970s. Among the most popular designs were mushrooms, which picked up speed and held momentum well into the late ’70s. While painted and embossed ceramics were popular, bigger and bolder was also common. Painted cookware, canister

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Rubbermaid’s New Sink Fashions (1950s)

Dec 27, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Following suit of total color coordination, Rubbermaid created matching dish drainers, sink mats and countertop drainer trays. Many retro colors were available. This late ’50s ad shows a turquoise/pastel. Other colors included sunshine yellow, green, red and deep blue. This entire set could be had for under $10 (ad shows “as little as $7.96”).

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A Cozy 1950s Inspired Dinette Setup

Apr 28, 2011 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

If you’re looking for a unique and timeless way to decorate a nook or eat-in kitchen, don’t pass over the classic approach with a 1950s dinette. The ’50s were a prosperous time, and industry was booming. Focus was on recreation and relaxation, and interior design was both fun and vibrant. Many new and renovated households sported large

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Kitchen Accessories Sets

Apr 12, 2011 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

Retro Organizing for the Table Top Diner-style condiment racks and accessories make for an organized kitchen table our countertop. They also add to the decor of the dining area and keep everything within easy reach. From simple salt and pepper shaker caddies to accessory sets that house everything for breakfast, lunch and dinner, these organizers

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History of Coca-Cola Tin Trays

Mar 29, 2011 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Since their first release in 1897, Coca-Cola serving trays have been a popular collectible. Initially, The Coca-Cola Company supplied tin serving trays and change trays to soda fountains to promote the product line. These served to push name recognition. Unlike the change trays (which were distributed on and off through the years), the serving trays

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