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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Trippin thru the weekend.

This weekend I went on a lttle trip! It was filled with tours of architecture, rooms of beautiful furniture, newfangled appliances, our favorite.... vintage textiles and dinnerware ......oh..........did I tell you I went  back on a trip back  to 1957 and 1959.

Okay, I found two vintage issues of Better Homes and Gardens..for a $1 each. The covers weren't in the best shape but inside these pages were chocked full of vintage goodness.

(This is the 1959 issue the 1957 cover was partially missing so no picture.)

I sat on my 1940's living room sofa....turned on my repro 1930's radio.....tuned in our local oldies station, WMKV, and perused the pages while listening to the great Gildersleeve, Phibber Magee and Molly, and Jack Benny, and others.
I loved the floorplan in the 1959 Idea Home.
The floor plan is so open and airy. The suggested color scheme calls for cherry red, pinks, and aqua blue. As I was looking at the article and  it gave the addresses across the country  to see this home in person...holy cow.... it was right over on the Western side of Cincinnati!
  This is what the outside would look like.

and take a look at some of the interiors of 1957 and 59........................................

Love the windows and treatments in the kitchen nook.
That cherry red, pinks, and blues color scheme must've been very popular. This is a kitchen with a laundry/utility area.

This is still the same issues, but I must say I remember this style and colors in the early 60's.
And, I can't  show pages without including some vintage tablescapes............

Here is a 1957 tablescape in a stylish dining room.

 The next 3 images show different tablescape ideas..........
the first is a very stylish way to use TV trays

these show wonderful buffet setups.....................................

and this is a great nostalgic Summertime picnic.................................

I hope you enjoyed this little pictorial view of vintage trip. I'll have some other pictures in another post soon .
Since there is lots of red in this era I'll be joining Susan over at It's a Very Cherry World for Rednesday and Thursday I'll join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Don't forget to stop by and see everyone for these two great get-togethers. 


Nora Johnson said...

Loved this vintage trip - and all the Red splashes!
Happy Rednesday,
btw My Rednesday is posted if you can join me… HERE!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

How fun to leisurely flip through an old magazine, thanks for sharing!

craftyles said...

I love to look at vintage images of rooms and decor. It's weird how so much is back in style.Happy Reds!

Anita said...

Oh I LOVE this post! And I'm jealous! I was looking at some vintage mags on ebay, and let them get away! I need ideas for my 1956 pink "Brookpark" table I'll be doing!! I absolutely love taking a trip to the past. I agree, there is a lot that is still in style.

Meri Wiley said...

Hi Melody,

Thanks for the virtual trip, it was a blast from the past. I tend to look for magazines from the 20's and 30's for inspiration, but hey the 50's and 60's were in my lifetime!


Manang Kim said...

I make your shot bigger and I like the layout too. Great post!
A Chevrolet red pick up

Anonymous said...

Thanks Melody, I did enjoy this dream trip back to the late fifties. What a great design scheme, love it. And the colors, what can I say? Also love the tablewares. Happy REDS~

Cinderella Moments said...

That's so much fun! A glimpse into the past!


black eyed susans kitchen said...

I think my head may be stuck in that era. I love magazines like these.

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

very nice and retro, loved the pictures.

Nora Johnson said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and also for following - very much appreciated!

Love your blog too!

Have a lovely weekend,


Entertaining Women said...

Thank you for the trip back to a summer in my childhood. Great, sweet memories. Cherry Kay

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

thanks for following me, I'm following you right back. You are such a sweet person. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

How fun!

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Melody,
Oh my gosh I just love this post. This was the best vintage trip. You are always a wealth of information and the pics are awesome.
I remember my mother saying she had a pink and aqua kitchen in the late 40's early 50's before I was born.
I love to view floor plans and dream.
Sounds like you had a fun time going through the magazines with the music to set the mood too.

Have a great weekend my sweet nostalgic friend.
Hugs, Celestina Marie.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a fun trip back in time -- and somehow a lot of it looks like today too!

Susan said...

love those retro home decor photos!
what can't homes look like that now?

KitschKrafts said...

That first tablescape in the "stylish 1957" dining room is great. I would give anything to have that dining set right now. Even in my 1992 colonial. ha!