Thursday, January 20, 2011

Our Madison Home on the Modernism Magazine Color Blog

We have been contemplating painting our Madison home for quite some time. The current color scheme was painted by previous owners. While browsing the Modernism Magazine website I noticed they had a color blog and you could write in for advice. So I did and I got some great feedback. Check it out.

Here's the Link

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Our Vintage Pink Bathroom

We are very lucky in our home in Madison that we have three vintage, original 50's bathrooms. One is jade green and yellow, one is pink and minty green and the half bath is brown and a peachy, pink color. When we moved in all the bathrooms were in very good condition.

For the pink and green bathroom, the only thing we did was pick a minty green color to complement the green tile. I had curtains made of pink chenille and hung them on a tension rod as the windows are more narrow than wide. I had the curtains made to hang inside the windows so that the beautiful blonde woodwork around the windows would show.

Today I have pictures of the pink and green bathroom. It is a full bathroom with a tub and a water closet for the toilet. The people that built the house had 4 children and their father had moved in with them so the bathrooms needed to do double and triple duty.

The second family that owned the house had a teenage daughter and I am assuming she is the one that added the funky 70's wallpaper to the bathroom.

The base cabinet has great storage and there are double sinks. It has the original ameoba formica in pinks and greys

I have it decorated in a theme called Ooh La La. It is a set of bathroom accessories I found at Kmart. It is fun and I think fits very well in this vintage bathroom.

I have been collecting California Pottery for about 15 years. My favorite is Hedi Schoop pieces. I have this pink wicker piece I picked up at a California flea market many years ago. It fits perfectly here. The bottom holds incidentals and the top is perfect for displaying my "ladies".

There was a towel bar where the pink wicker piece sits but since we use this as a guest bathroom we can spare it. I found this great pole towel bar. It has three plastic rings on it that will hold the smaller towels.

As I mentioned it has a water closet. The door shuts for privacy if you have someone else in the bathroom with you.

I put a small pink wicker shelf in here to hold a few more ceramics. Here you can see the 70's wallpaper.

The floor is original as well. I believe this is called a basketweave pattern. It is in very good condition.

One of the reasons we bought this house was for the absolute awesome vintage bathrooms. Nothing gets my blood flowing like an original, vintage bathroom. =-)


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Amazing Shopping Mall in the 60's

I was travelling through Ohio and stopped at a small antique store. I was looking through the postcards and came across the most amazing shopping mall postcards. I found two of them for the Chris-Town mall in Phoenix, Arizona. Check out the installation of Nelson bubble lights!!

I did a little research and it was the first air conditioned mall in Phoenix. It opened in August of 1961. If you have a few minutes there is a great website devoted to the Mall in it's heyday with some excellent photos and history. If only there was time travel! I would be suiting up to make a visit to Chris-Town mall in the 60's. Enjoy!

Check out this link:

On the back of the top postcard:
West Mall
The spacious, enclosed Mall. 1,000 feet long, offers a constant comfortable temperature winter and summer. Park-style benches and lush landscaping afford the shoppers rest and relaxation during their visits to the Center.

On the back of the bottom postcard:
Court of Flowers
Ferdinand the Bull rests in a paradise of blossoms and tropical plants in this east courtyard. A sidewalk cafe adds an old-world touch to the advanced architectural styling.