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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!

Decorating with Typography: New Line of Laser Cut Word Signs Makes it Easy

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More than any image or sound, we are driven by the words we see. This is why so many restaurants in years past bore neon signs of simple words. A brightly-lit sign that read EAT or Coffee could be easily seen from the highway and got us thinking that we’re hungry or need a break.

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Weekend DIY: Retro Fabric Swatch Portraits

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Looking for a creative way to put grandma’s old fabric on display? This simple yet brilliant idea posted at The Purl Bee is also inexpensive. Crafters used newly produced fabric, but well-stored pieces from decades past will add nostalgia. Other materials include wood embroidery hoops and fabric glue. You could also paint the hoops and

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Hundreds of Unique, Vintage Table Lamps

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If you’re appreciative of vintage lighting, especially from the atomic era, you’re going to love walking through 350+ lamps posted at Retro Renovation. A few months ago the site asked readers to upload their table lamps, garnering hundreds of shaped, logo and character lamps. There’s plenty to drool over, including this one sporting a patterned,

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Retro Lighting: Joel Nakamura’s Atrox!

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Best known for his unique, neo-primitive artistic style, Joel Nakamura’s work has graced the pages of Time, US News & World Reports, and several other publications. It’s his colorful, compelling renditions of a reptilian monster that caught my eye. Nakamura’s Atrox looks akin to Godzilla, as well as all those Japanese monsters we saw in

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Retro Lighting: Schwinn Bicycle Lamps

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Schwinn is a name synonymous with bikes.  Founded by the German-born Ignaz Schwinn, a mechanical engineer, and his partner Adolph Fredrick William Arnold in 1895, the Arnold, Schwinn & Company struck while the iron was hot and started production when bikes where huge in America.  But their big boom didn’t come until the 1950s and

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Designer Takes Lady Gaga Back In Time

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There’s a big trend these days with graphic designers “retro-fying” modern media. Among the most popular projects was a series of retro ads for Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Skype. San Paulo firm Moma Propaganda created the fake ads as part of a “Everything Ages Fast” campaign for Maximidia Seminars. You can see the social future

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Retro Lighting: Norman Rockwell’s Famous Covers

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One of America’s most prolific artists, Norman Rockwell produced more than 4,000 paintings and illustrations. For 51 years he illustrated the Boy Scouts’ calendar, and also worked on classic books like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Rockwell’s most recognizable works, though, were his covers for The Saturday Evening Post. Three of America’s favorites are showcased

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Formica Forever: 12 New Retro Patterns

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In celebration of its 100th birthday, Formica has introduced a new collection featuring retro designs and colors. Revealed today at the International Builder’s Show today the collection was designed by renowned firm Pentagram, and will be available beginning January 31, 2013. According to Formica Group, this 2013 Anniversary Collection reflects on the Formica® brand and

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