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From 1950s decorating trends to integrating new retro-style products with existing designs, you’ll find plenty of tips and tricks on turning that so-so room into a vintage haven. Find the right wall decor, furniture and diy projects, and color charts for paints and papers. When you’re all done, be sure to show us your finished room.

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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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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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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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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Giant Superhero Wall Decals

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Superhero fans unite! These new wall decals featuring our favorite comic book characters are nothing short of spectacular. They’re colorful and big, and make great centerpieces and accents to that superhero themed kids room, office or man cave. The Batman measures 42″ wide by 33″ high, making it suitable to apply at floor level or

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Weekend DIY: Refinish Old Folding Chairs

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If you’re like us, there are some old metal folding chairs sitting in the garage you’ve pretty much retired to outdoor use only. You might not know that refinishing them – in retro glory – is actually a simple process. And we found Christine Wisnieski’s walk-through at Design for Mankind to be nothing short of

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Weekend DIY: No-Sew Curtains

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Curtains can add a great splash of color to any room. Retro modern patterns can help transform that blah living room into a timeless getaway. Unfortunately, quality curtains are pricey, and usually it’s hard to find the exact design we want. Enter: No-Sew curtains you can make on a Saturday afternoon. And Kirsten Nieman over

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