Note the simple lines of the furniture, the straightforward layout, and the sparseness without being too bare.
Also note that the windows are pleasantly left plain, and any added textiles (pillows, rug) are simple. The vibrant orange is brought in in perfect increments.
Many similar elements in this shot. The wall of color add brilliant life to this room without overpowering. The furniture is clean and interesting, and the table and chairs have their own space within this room.
This is a great shot of the 50's redux. In the simple shape of the curtains (awesome color), the shape and color of the lamps (placed cleanly and symmetrically) all contribute to those retro design elements.
The no-frill furniture in this family room is set up in that traditional box pattern, creating symmetry and order and keeping the many elements going on in this space from being too much.
Similar simplicity. No frills. And a room that revolves around a larger piece (think retro sidebars like those for records and cocktail hour).
This multipurpose room achieves that difficult balance between modern sleek and total liveability. Note how two simple colors of orange and navy do all of the work without any fuss.
This living room nook sticks to neutrals and leathers (vinyl became huge in the fifties). The darker accents and art give masculine dimension, and the legs on all of the furniture work to create shape and detail in unexpected areas.
Another simple setup, this time with a twist in the unusual coffee table and geometric rug. This is taking classic to a new level.
I adore this room. With a simple structure to begin with, this space adds the perfect balance of function and beauty with these varied yet cohesive pieces. Note how the long, slender sideboard mirrors the long leather fainting couch.
This gets to the brighter and more whimsical side of retro--and reminds me that the word kitsch was even invented in the fifties.
Don't forget the true look of the decade, literally translated here into red leather chairs and chrome materials.
Another look at chrome in this traditional American Diner setup.
Sleek lines and carefully-chosen detail give this a vintage vibe. Yet the facade of this furniture has been given a new life.
A touch of color in a Jenny Lind-inspired spindle bed, and clean lines in this minimalist bedroom. And an authentically very old desk.
Retro furniture and living room setup, given a new twist. Yes, let's not forget that many living rooms revolved around the television.
Fabulous retro patio. Uncomplicated, functional.
This is about as minimal as one could get in a living room, yet this is one of the most interesting rooms I've seen in a long time. Such freedom in its sparseness. This requires perfect and meticulous choosing of each piece.