Vintage Style 153 Stories

What is it about midcentury modern design that has so many of us in a decorating tizzy? In this digital age of innovation and technology, why are we scouring flea markets, antiques stores and the Internet in search of pieces that were designed 50 to 60 years ago? Eames, Noguchi, Nelson — these designers' pieces...
Homeowners Give the Pink Sink Some Love
In midcentury America many bathrooms were the colors of Jordan almonds. The basic fixtures — sink, tub, toilet — were pastel pink, light blue and minty green. The tile was often one of these Easter egg–like colors and accented with black borders....
Dial Into Old Phones for Decor With Character
For Paul Wiltfong, dealing with vintage telephones has been a nearly lifelong affair, so he easily understands why people want to add them to their homes. “Pay phones were once an everyday part of life,” says Wiltfong, a vintage phone collector, dealer...
Houzz Tour: Farm Fresh
Joanna Gaines is juggling more careers than most folks even dream about. A decorator, shop owner, renovator, real estate developer and mother of four, she is also the cohost of a one-hour TV show called Fixer...
Houzz Tour: Fred MacMurray’s Enduring Farmhouse Retreat
Although he considered his villainous roles his best (such as Walter Neff, the murder-minded insurance salesman in Double Indemnity), to his fans Fred MacMurray was synonymous with his more charming characters, such as the all-American television...
Simple Pleasures: Digging in the Attic
A rainy spring day when you can’t dig in your garden is the perfect opportunity to dig for buried treasure in the attic instead. Brew...
Tickled Pink in the Bathroom
The pastel bathroom fixtures of yesterday (pale pink, light blue and mint-green sinks, tubs and toilets) are becoming a thing today, and they’re eliciting strong reactions. In the comments on a recent...
Vintage Sleds Bring a Dash of Winter Nostalgia
Nothing conjures up winter nostalgia like an old-fashioned sled. That’s no doubt why many people break them out around the holidays. Now that these sleds are being used for decor, their blades may never touch the white stuff again — but that doesn’t...
How to Get a Claw-Foot Tub for Your Bathroom
A claw-foot tub is a special place in which to soak, play and dream. More than just a tub, it may recall a romantic getaway or childhood bath time with Mr. Bubble. Restoring a vintage tub is recycling at its...
My Houzz: A Fresh Start in a Welcoming 1950s Home
When a newfound freedom brought the promise of a fresh chapter in Carolee Coco’s life, it meant starting again in a different home — a 1950s clapboard house in suburban Melbourne. Embarking on full-time study in psychology meant that...
Vintage Style: High-Tank Toilets
Bathrooms containing claw-foot bathtubs are legion; those that feature the romanticized tub’s humble cousin — the high-tank or pull-chain toilet — are far less. But for some people,...
My Houzz: Walls and Shelves Are This Collector's Colorful Canvas
Every room in Deanne Delbridge’s one-bedroom apartment features a different primary color that reflects the room’s distinct personality. “The living room illustrates my anthropological side,” she says....
So Your Style Is: Aviation Inspired
For the past few weeks, air travel has been in the news — and not in a good way. Three flights have been diverted because passengers were arguing over reclining seats, sparking what CNN has termed the “right-to-recline debate.” No matter where you...
Give Your Kitchen a Café Vibe
It takes more than a coffee machine to re-create the casual, comfortable atmosphere of a great café. If you think about what you love about your favorite café, the decor and feel-good atmosphere usually have something to do with it. Getting that vibe...
Lanterns of the Past Find a Home in the Present
Imagine life in America in the middle of the 19th century: We were decades away from getting electricity in homes, and many people lived in rural areas that were plunged nightly into near-total darkness. Back then oil and kerosene lamps and lanterns (typically...
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