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Vintage design doesn’t need to be applied solely to the kitchen. Learn about the “then” and “now” trends in retro decorating, unique fashion, and furniture from the 1940s to 1980s, for both home and business. From retro inspired wall decor to the simplest of modern touches, we focus on the colors and aesthetics of yesteryear!

Universal’s Totally Retro Resort Opens in 2014

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Universal Orlando has been working hard to take us back to the ’50s and ’60s. It’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort opens in early 2014, and if the pictures we’re seeing so far are any indication, the only futuristic aspect will be ourselves. The new resort will feature two swimming pools with sand beaches, a lazy

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Americana Fiesta Display

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On a recent window-shopping trip to Dillard’s, I couldn’t help but stare at this beautiful display of Fiesta and gingham dishes in glorious red, white and blue. The customer service lady in the department said they get free reign to mix, match and display dinnerware as they’d like. I say they’ve done a fine job

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Russel Wright’s Great Contribution to Modern Living

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When we sit down at the dinner table, we don’t really think about who designed the tableware – the plates, bowls and serving pieces. Chances are you purchased the table settings you use today based primarily on size, color and pattern. But as with every piece of decor in the home, a designer or group

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Weekend DIY: Another Fabulous Clock!

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If you’ve been looking for the perfect way to upcycle that thrift store clock, Shelly Leer at ModeHomeEc walks us through her restyling of a Goodwill timepiece. The result is a beautiful, modern style wall clock that leaves us drooling. While this project might just take you an entire weekend, it would definitely be time

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Design Trends: Retro Mushrooms

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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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Retro Lighting: Las Vegas Table Lamps

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Viva Las Vegas! The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign was created by Betty Willis in 1959, and even today represents the city of lights and the famous Las Vegas strip. Still quite young, the Strip represents the significant changes the US underwent after WWII.  As Frommers says, Las Vegas promoted itself “as a town

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How To: Painting Retro DIY Metal Word Signs

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Retro Planet’s new line of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) typography signs are definitely unique. These original signs bear words like “kitchen,” “bath,” “cupcakes,” and “laundry”, and are great for do-it-yourselfers and creative people. You can paint a sign to match existing decor or just go wild with patterns and custom techniques. Crafty person that I am, I took

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