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I’m Dreaming of a Bright Christmas: Great Finds For Creating a Vibrant Holiday Home

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and decorating is one of the most wonderful parts of the season! This year, I’m really loving the vibrant Christmas decor trend. Color can really add some holiday personality to a normally neutral space, and this look combines well with DIY projects and bohemian interiors as well.

I’ve been checking out the great selection of bright Christmas decor online, and here are a few of my favorite finds for this year.

Thanks for taking a look at my blog, and have a colorful day! 🙂

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10 Great Ideas for Nostalgic Vintage Kitchens: The Ultimate Happy Place

Most of us would agree that a great kitchen occupies the top of our wish list when it comes to our dwelling place. I’ve seen a ton of the “chef’s kitchens” all over home improvement shows and real estate listings, but there is another way to go with a kitchen redo. An amazing vintage-style kitchen has a decidedly cozier vibe than the stainless steel and granite look that is so prevalent. Especially if you want to stay in character with your home’s architecture and build date, a vintage kitchen might be just what you’re looking for.

The kitchen really is the heart of the home, the place where you make your morning tea or coffee, where all those aromas of Christmas cookies, homemade soups, and weekend breakfasts originate, and where you sit around the kitchen table and catch up with the family after a day’s work.

I have fond memories from my childhood of hanging out in my family’s kitchen, laughing the night away with my sisters and mom, playing a game of yahtzee, or getting out my big box of crayons and doing an art project. I absolutely love the feel of a comfortable nostaligic kitchen.

If you’re looking to add some vintage charm to your kitchen, there are a ton of great ideas and products out there to help you achieve the perfect retro kitchen.

Ideas for a vintage style kitchen

  1. Color

With any interior space, color really sets the tone. This is especially true in a vintage restoration. Bright, cheerful colors dominated design choices in the forties, fifties, and sixties. Our first home, a brick ranch duplex built in the 1950’s, featured yellow formica countertops in the kitchen and aqua and black ceramic tile in the bathroom! Pink was a huge trend in the 1950s as a result of Mamie Eisenhower’s fondness for the color. In fact, like many midcentury homes, the 1950s home I grew up in had a pink-tiled bathroom. For color ideas for your kitchen, consider these great options:

Pastel pink

Way before millenials discovered this fabulous color, pink was all the rage for decor in the 1950s. Once the shade was popularized by the first lady, everything was in the pink until the early sixties.

Black and white

Stark black and white are bold accents in a vintage kitchen. Often, black tile was used against a bright or pastel. Checkerboard and octagon and dot patterns in black and white are perfect.

Red

Bright cherry red is an excellent choice, especially combined with chrome for a diner feel.

Turquoise

Turquoise blue provides a cheerful hue in a vintage kitchen. Lighter tones are gorgeous on cabinetry or appliances, and bold tones combine well with red.

Green

In the 1940s and 1950s, jadeite glassware become popular, along with other lines of green dishware. Mamie Eisenhower also employed quite a bit of green along with her pink. Green is a terrific option for a vintage kitchen with shades ranging from spring green to muted jade.

2. Cabinetry

The first two homes my husband and I lived in were both circa 1950s. They both had windows over the sink with small shelves and a decorative valence as seen in the top photo of this post. They both had really tall cabinets.

If you are lucky enough to live in an older home you want to restore, I would say try to keep the cabinets, or at least some of them. Cabinets can be painted, updated with storage features, or partially salvaged to add to the authenticity of your home. Sometimes you don’t need a whole new kitchen.

For new cabinets and cupboards, you can think about ways to make sure they are in keeping with your overall design. Consider going extra tall with your cabinets. On a plain door design, adding nostalgic glass knobs and drawer pulls provides a beautiful look and an accent of color. Cabinet manufacturers do carry pastel colors, or choose white and add color in accessories, walls, and flooring. Consider adding some glass-front doors as well.

Add some free-standing painted furniture cabinet pieces to continue the vintage charm.

3. Flooring

Tile flooring is ideal for a kitchen restoration. If you really want to be authentic, genuine linoleum tile might be a good option and it’s also colorful and durable.

Ceramic tile offers limitless choices. I love the bold graphic tiles with a bit of black or an octagon and dot mosaic look.

4. Walls

Wallpaper featuring vintage patterns that brings together your color scheme is an awesome choice for your retro style kitchen. Solid painted walls can look great as well, especially with some amazing vintage artwork or advertising.

5. Appliances

There are some truly remarkable vintage-style appliances out there that combine modern functioning with all the charm of a nostalgic kitchen. If you’re commited to the restoration of a period home, it’s definitely worth looking into these great appliance options.

Can you imagine looking at these every time you walk into your kitchen? It’s like being in that cool diner that serves great eggs all the time.

6. Dishware

Small details make a huge difference, like choosing your dishes to complement the design of your kitchen. Consider pink glassware, jadeite, atomic designs, nostalgic florals, whatever suits your style best.

Display some dishes in a glass-fronted cabinet if possible.

7. Textiles

Patterned dish towels and tablecloths that are genuine vintage or vintage-inspired will add tremendously to your decor. Aprons, oven mitts, and kitchen curtains are all elements to consider.

8. Lighting fixtures

Authentic lighting fixtures can really make all the difference in design. Consider what the overall theme is in your room. In a bold red kitchen, chrome may be a great choice. Schoolhouse lights are really great in any 1950s kitchen. Atomic fixtures can be awesome too if that goes with the rest of the decor. There are so many great reproduction lighting options out there to choose from.

9. Furnishings

A vintage kitchen is definitely an eat-in kitchen, so make sure to take a look at vintage-style kitchen tables. A cozy booth like your favorite diner or a built-in banquette would be amazing. Bar stools in a snazzy vintage design are also perfect.

10. Accessories

This is the really fun part if you ask me. The possibilities for retro accessories are almost endless. Wall clocks, radios, old school fans, menu boards, lighted signs, rotary phones, it’s just all too much fun!

I think the time is right for designs drawing from the past. Young people are nostalgic these days, and many of us would just like to return to a simpler time, even if it’s just in our home. We’re craving peace, stability, and some comfort food. Yeah comfort food, that’s it. How about a nice meatloaf sandwich with a side of mashed potatoes? 🙂

Have a beautiful day, and add something fun to your life. 🙂

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Welcome to Seriously Comfy Sunday

Hello! Hope you’re finding some time to refresh and recharge this weekend. As on every Sunday, we bring you great finds to make your home cozy as well as some comfy outfit ideas for your day off.

This week, black, white, and fucshia combine to combine for a dramatic but classic look.

First, check out some comfy lounge pants from hello Mello in a bold black and white print.

The North Face makes terrific jackets like this one perfect for fall. I practically live in mine, a gift from my daughters a few years ago.

Vera Bradley is known for fun prints, and this pretty black and white water bottle is no exception.

I love sakroots products. They’re whimsical, durable, and practical. This intricate floral pattern wristlet phone case would be a great little item to add to your daily wardrobe.

A cute baseball hat is just perfect for a lazy day when the hair is less-than-perfect. This hot pink puma hat is adorable.

Nike running shoes are so comfy and a design classic. This color combo is amazing.

Feel like baking cookies or cupcakes on your day off? Cooking is a great way to relax and do something different from the routine. This wonderful KitchenAid mixer in a bright cranberry could be just what you need.

For a cozy home update, try this cool black papasan with a white cushion.

The mud-cloth inspired pillow makes another comfy addition to your space.

Finally, check out this authentic Mexican falsa blanket.

Have a beautiful day, and take some time to relax! 🙂

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Welcome to Seriously Comfy Sunday

Welcome to seriously comfy Sunday! I have had a busy week doing all kinds of projects, crafts, and other odds and ends. So I’m super ready for a relaxed day at home today!

I have a few finds to help you make your home your haven!

Linen pants are so wonderful. Especially these loose fitting draw-string pants by Vince Camuto. These very versatile pants go with everything!

I love this fun floral top from French Connection. Such a bright and happy print!

Tortoise shell is trendy yet timeless. If you need a new set of glasses, pick up these beautiful pearl tortoise frames by Lilley Pullitzer. So fun!

The gorgeous tortoise watch is by Anne Klein.

The Japanese collection shoes by Uin are just so cute. What a great way to add some whimsy to your wardrobe.

I love the beautiful lines and simple elegant design of this Japanese cast iron tea pot.

Enjoy your large latte in this pretty tall ceramic poppy mug.

The bohemian tasseled pillow cover adds a colorful touch to your living space.

When you need to go out for an errand, this cute little bag from Lilley Pullitzer is just the ticket. It’s so versatile and elegant, it goes with a multitude of looks from casual to evening.

Last but not least, this wonderful rattan egg chair with cushions would be a stunning and cozy focal point in your home.

Have a beautiful day, and catch up on your rest! 🙂