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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's a Better Homes and Gardens Kinda Day!

 Hey, I'm glad you stopped by today. I've got to show you this. I was sooooo happy when I found this 1958 copy of BHG Sunday while Antique Mall walking. Hey it's much easier than trying to navigate thru the shopping malls and cheaper if something catches your eye ;) It's the November issue so it has a lot of table and interior decor..yeah...our favorite subjects.

Let's see what was some of the popular trends of the day..............

Maple furniture and hardwood floors. 50's Early American in red, white, and blue. What surprized me when I saw this picture is that I have seen this set at two different Malls recently.  Wish I had the room for them. That window treatment is neat........................

A country quilt motif that looks almost modernist. This room would look great today. Timeless classic
Here's another living room idea.......................
An Eclectic mix. Very traditional, but I love that wall treatment over the sofa.
They have taken pewter peices and mounted them on the wall as object d'art. How cool is that? aluminum would look gooood displayed like that.
What collection could you use if you created a wall like this?

Okay let's take a look at a few kitchens. 
Wow, wouldn't you love to have a kitchen like this?
Take a closer look....the dividing wall has, not a fireplace, but a rotisserie/grill. Look how they mix country wood coffered ceilings and a purely country pine table with oak ladderbacks! And, look at the red tile flooring.....Modern with a homey feel. I don't know about your house, but if we had a room like this....the big screen tv would be on the opposite wall tuned in for the big game or Nascar race and we would have party central! Or, have an indoor drive-in motif movie night ......or, an indoor picnic night..........
Here's another kitchen Idea
Ooooh, clean and crisp black and white with red accents. Look at the appliances. I would swear the dishwasher is exactly like mine today...and a grill top and oven on the back wall could be mistaken for a Viking brand of today....LOL. Holy cow they have taken a 50's modern look and given it cottagey accents! Look close...... gingham fabrics, weathervanes, biscuit tin, and look at those sink doors....shabby chic metalwork grates! The center light and exhaust fan, over the cooktop island, looks like a garden light and those baskets filled with fruit are the perfect touch. Some of these ideas would fit into any size kitchen! But, I sure wish mine was bigger 8)

Take a look at this one too! 

You'll never guess what they are advertizing...... it's the wall and countertops.....they are Melamine covered the dishes. It's the precursor to our Corian. It's another dividing wall between kitchen and dining room. It's  a cooktop area, but to the left of the wall...that is a small built-in dishwasher. What a great idea if you don't have enough under he counter space or you don't want to give up storage cabinet space. The  hanging light over it and  a matching light on the opposite side look country and the dining room ceiling light over the table is copper to match the huge copper skillet on the dividing wall over the stove. I don't's modern, but the wood and accents make it a little country.

I just love perusing the pages of vintage magazines. I hope you enjoyed looking at a few pages too. I have some others that I found a while back that are more crafty and how-to's I'm gonna have to pull those out for some posts soon...if you'd like to see them?
Well I better be going now.. I think I'll go clean my kitchen..
I'll type ya later!

I'm linking to Susan at her It'sVery Cherry World Don't forget to stop by and see everyones red letter finds on Rednesday Wednesday


Miss Merry said...

I love vintage magazines, too. I love the recipes and the advice articles. They are just so gosh darn "homey".

Dandelion and Daisy said...

That's a trip down memory lane, I was a newly wed in 1958. Oh, how well I remember the "early american" maple furniture! Believe it or not, I was onto antiques and painted furniture even then. Trust me I was in the minority.

bj said...

I love olden magazines. Love to see the decor or dresses.
Early American maple furniture..oh, gosh..I still have some but sure as heck is PAINTED now. haha..
Love your red post...

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Hi Melody!
I love vintage magazines! This one is so much fun and bringing back lots of memories. We had the maple "Early American" furniture when I was little.
Oh! I just realized that I never thanked you for your kind words about my Dad last week - sorry to be such a later tater about it. I seem to be all out of sync at the moment.
Happy Rednesday,

Ann said...

Looks like "what's old is new again." Guess if we hang on to stuff long enough it will be back in style!
Thanks for sharing.
The Tattered Tassel

Genie Robinson said...

What a lot of effort you put into this post. It was both fun and interesting to read. Vintage magazines are the best. The ones I would love to come across would be the old Photoplay and other movie magazines of the Doris Day and Debbie Reymolds era...Boy, ould I have some fun with those.

Genie @ buttonsforbaga

Antiques Galore Gal said...

I love the vintage decorating magazines.

Shirley said...

Hi Melody, I also like the vintage machines and I guess I am a little old fashion because I still have my Early American living room furniture. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. I am a little slow in catching up. The boys are loving being back in school. Ethan just goes three days a week to preschool. He is one that got caught by the cutoff date that they keep changing.
I got my car back last night and was glad to get it, it was covered by warranty so I didn't have to pay to get it fixed.
My son Pat, made it home from Okla. He had a little excitement while he was there. They had a bomb scare at the hotel they were staying at. They had everybody leave the hotel. His boys and wife was glad to have him home.
We are all doing fairly well here. My oldest hasn't had to many problems lately with his asthma, but then you never know what will set him off. My allergies are doing a little better, but I am wishing for the first frost and then maybe it wouldn't be so bad.
It is getting late so I better close for now. Talk to you later. Your Missouri Friend.

Anita said...

Oh Melody how cool!!! I bid on some old mags on ebay but didn't get them. I would love to find some old ones like that! I just LOVE the styles. I remember my mom having a whole set of the Early American maple when I was a child. I love how everything old is new again to. I If I could just get my pink/coral napkins and placemats made I could use my 1956 "Brookpark" Melmac set, but I cannot find time to sew them. What a lovely trip back in time:-)

Mica said...

Wow it seems so dated huh? Thanks for sharing... I loved it all.Mica

Nora Johnson said...

Love all vintage magazines! Great post!

Lola & Nora:)

SueLovesCherries said...

Wow, I didn't know they had kitchen islands back then! Those are cool looking rooms!

You're right - it would be a disaster antique shopping together! LOL! But, we'd have loads of fun at the same time!

~~Carol~~ said...

What a great find that magazine was! I love looking at all of the ads in them, especially when it's for something that I collect. They're the perfect little time capsule of that era.
Happy REDnesday!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness!! Thank you sooo much for the lovely vintage cookbooks! You are so kind :) I can't wait to try the recipes!

Shelley said...

Thanks for sharing it.

Kathleen said...

That is neat! I don't like orange though!
Melody, go uncheck the id word from your comment moderation. Blogger has a new spam filter so you don't need it anymore. :)

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Melody,
Wow--isn't that magazine amazing? I love to see all the vintage kitchens and living fun!!

Hope you have a nice evening...and thanks so much for stopping by!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I have always had fun with vintage magazines. That is why I included a few in the giveaway I just had. I wondered if people thought it was odd that I was doing it, but I see that lots of people love them!

bj said...

Oh, you can absolutely have that Towel Head..isn't it a hoot!!
You can always take anything off my blog without permission.

Thanks so much for coming by and following. I so appreciate it.

Dena E's Blog said...

Love all the nostalgic bits and pieces you share with us Sweetie!!! I could spend a lot of time here often..You have a awesomely delightful blog!!!
Thanks for stoping by and for the note!!!
May God's blessings be all over you ~~~Hugs Dena

Self Sagacity said...

So wild isn't it to look back at those times. Well, I wasn't even born. Anyhow, I could appreciate learning what was in then. Would love for you to join our new meme on

NanE said...

Hi Melody, thanks for visiting my blog. That BH&G is priceless! I wonder what our grandkids will think 50 years from now about our decorating styles.

Sherrie said...

I love that wall treatment over the couch. That could work for today. Thanks for a fun peek into the 50's.

bj said...

...did you see my comment about please take whatever you might want from my blog...:))