Displaying posts labeled "Vintage"

Bathing Beauties

Posted on Wed, 4 Feb 2009 by midcenturyjo

Nothing dates a house more than an outmoded bathroom (that and an aging kitchen). I couldn’t resist posting these 80s bathing beauties. Come on! What’s not to love? In 25 words or less “Why I hate these rooms”. Your time starts now. Making the most of Bedrooms & Bathrooms, by Mary Gilliatt, Orbis Publishing, London, 1983 is the source.

OMG …

Posted on Mon, 2 Feb 2009 by midcenturyjo


… what were they thinking? A study in the bathroom? Forget the idea of a parents’ retreat, even a phone by the toilet or a TV above the bath. Is this taking it a bit far? The only person I know how corresponded from the bathroom met a sticky (or should that be soggy) end. I’ll be back with more retro bathing beauties from Making the most of Bedrooms & Bathrooms, by Mary Gilliatt, Orbis Publishing, London, 1983 later in the week.

Redo retro

Posted on Wed, 28 Jan 2009 by midcenturyjo

Where oh where have the retro posts been? Simple answer – I ran out of retro books to plunder. I had to wait to the next big book fair to replenish my stocks. I got some goodies! I thought I’d start with everyone’s favourite era. Not the stylish sixties or the fabulous seventies. No the much maligned eighties. Kelly Wearstler is on the bandwagon. Is it time to join? Remember the chunky pine? The stencilled furniture? The lace and patchwork and dried flowers and Tiffany lamps? Padded bedding of all types and grey, grey and more grey (with lashings of salmon pink)? Bedrooms are the best area to start. Somewhere soothing to rest your head. Today’s book is Making the most of Bedrooms & Bathrooms, by Mary Gilliatt, Orbis Publishing, London,1983.

Flickr finds – vintage pottery

Posted on Sun, 30 Dec 2007 by KiM

Jo’s place

Posted on Sat, 8 Dec 2007 by midcenturyjo

Help me! I’ve been thrifting again. Things are bad when the thrift store managers not only know your name, they have your phone number. Mr X (name concealed to protect my source) rang to tell me about an entertainment unit and a 20% sale. Unfortunately he still won’t sell me the 60s era rattan wall size display cabinet but that may be lucky as it probably wouldn’t fit. The entertainment unit wasn’t my style but I found all these little beauties.

A West German floor vase 50cm tall and a lovely “subtle” orange. It’s by Jasba Keramik and was a steal at $20. I felt bad taking advantage of Mr X with this one as he didn’t think it was West German. You can see some of my other pots in the hall way and some of my Papua New Guinea artifacts.

Finally a matching pair of bedsides. Now what do I do with the 3 unmatched ones I have? Thank god for friends who want to buy them.

Finds for the garden. The cast aluminium planters will be tarted up with gloss navy paint and find a home on the patio.

This lovely old copper tub will be filled with ferns tomorrow after a visit to the nursery. Love it’s old patina.

The bird bath is destined for the small garden by the door. Filled with water and floating flowers it will greet my visitors. I’ve promised myself I won’t go thrifting next weekend unless Mr Y rings…..