The Crazy Suburban Mom: Retro Tuesday to live in...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Retro Tuesday to live in...

I didn't really have a Retro Tuesday plan today...

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As usual....

I just pulled out my magazines and started looking. I found myself saying, Oh! I would so live in that room. Over and over and over again. I don't know why I was doing that today - Although it's a bit of a mess in here at the moment (picture bomb blast) and I'm faced with some heavy-duty cleaning. Maybe the rooms all look better than where I am at the moment...

So instead of picking out separate items I decided to do entire rooms for their ambiance... Their je ne sais quoi... Their Holy Interior Decorating, Batman! Know what I mean?

A room that made me go, I want to be there forever. For no one particular item or reason although many of the rooms have fabulous drool-worthy items.

I'm starting with this one because it made me scream...


No really. It did. Ginger jumped a foot and a half of the couch.

Those paintings on the right are by Mark Rothko and I couldn't believe I was seeing TWO of them on a wall in someone's home. There usually aren't TWO of them in a single gallery but here they were in a decorating magazine.

The owner of the painting, Donald Blinken (an interesting fellow in his own right), was explaining that he'd started collecting in the 50's when Rothko was a relative unknown. Those paintings are worth multi-millions today.


Okay, this picture doesn't have the same pedigree but I could swear that is a saarinen tulip coffee table over there on the left? And I know, I said I wouldn't pick apart the images so I'm not. I love the feel of the room and the greenery outside. I just want to sit in there. And, I don't know, contemplate.


I really like so much in this room except maybe the rocker. Not so much for me in the Early American thing.. But look, it's the eclectic mix that makes the room and the colors... I'm digging that mix of colors and when I look at them I wouldn't really have thought to put them together. At all.

Also, I love the wood and the stone. I always watch HGTV and they are forever pulling off wood paneling and painting over it. Covering the floors... And painting over those old 'dreary, outdated' stone fireplaces to freshen them up. Or what ever they say. I know it's in the name of selling a home and I get that but can you do a show on retro homes, please? One where you relish them? Save them? Maybe even resell them as they are? Hello? There are more retro home lovers than you know. Clearly.

Off my soap box now.


You know this is an odd room. It's got an outdated vibe and there is a lot about it that I'm not crazy about but altogether I love it. Altogether it reminds me of a '1950's career girl from the movies' room. Something about the mix of color (that I love) and the things. I would totally live there.


This one isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea but I lived with furniture like this for a few years (here) and they were good memories. Good times. I've always wanted to get a couch like that again... A few months ago I saw one at a yard sale and almost dragged it home.


This last one, I don't know really. I like it as a room but for some reason it reads like a bathroom instead of a kitchen in a lot of ways. Especially those rugs. That said, there's a lot I just love about it. Plus it reminds me very much of the kitchen of my best friend growing up. And that was a very happy place. It didn't look like that but it had all the same color/style elements.

Except the purple rugs.

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ladyjanewriter 12/1/09, 10:47 AM  

It's amazing that the entire rooms are designed for maximum toddler eye-pokeage.

Maureen 12/1/09, 12:01 PM  

When was the magazine from? It kind of made me wonder what some of the old TV shows would have looked like in color.

The Crazy Suburban Mom 12/1/09, 12:08 PM  

Ladyjane- lol..max eye pokeage! lol

Maureen - Nov 1962. A few of them screamed TV to me too. Although from what I read the black and white TV's demanded some freaky looking colors in real life to get normal looks in black and might make an interesting post some day!

The Crazy Suburban Mom 12/1/09, 12:13 PM  

Ladyjane- lol..max eye pokeage! lol

Maureen - Nov 1962. A few of them screamed TV to me too. Although from what I read the black and white TV's demanded some freaky looking colors in real life to get normal looks in black and might make an interesting post some day!

Maureen 12/1/09, 12:52 PM  

McKLinky isn't working????

The Crazy Suburban Mom 12/1/09, 12:54 PM  

It should be, I added a link Maureen

The Crazy Suburban Mom 12/1/09, 12:55 PM  

But I've got appearing and disappearing comments today so I think it might be blogger - try again in a bit

~tinyartjewelry~ 12/1/09, 12:59 PM  

I enjoyed all the rooms but seem most drawn to the second one as it has that inviting feeling of being outdoors but comfy inside. All of them make me want to go clean though. You inspired my retro tuesday in a weird sort of way!!

@eloh 12/1/09, 1:32 PM  

I have a comment on nearly every picture, looking at that kitchen makes my six foot back ache. I built my own kitchen, I have to turn the water on and off for short people. My daughter had to use a step stool to wash dishes when she was 19... he dads family was besieged with short folks.

My patio doors have heavy foliage, the door is only opened for air and there is hardware wire covering the screen for obvious reasons. I can't recall the last time anyone went out that door.. 10 years maybe. I never put any steps so it's a jump anyway.

I keep going back to the first picture... your comment leaves me as speechless as those paintings. I don't care for them at all. My mind is trying to connect your style, your paintings that speak volumes, to these that say.."where's the paint"?

The Crazy Suburban Mom 12/1/09, 1:39 PM  

tiny - lol, yeah me too! Fully how much of retro sytle looks CLEAN to me!

eloh - that is too funny. I had exactly the same reaction to that kitchen - it looked like the counters were about 3 feet off the ground to me. too funny. Those paintings actually do have alot of paint on them. Rothko painted with layers and layers of translucent layers or so I'm told. And many of them were bigger than the ones in that image. So they almost needed a room, a huge room, for one of them. He wasn't for everyone... And I understand to really get them you have to see them in person cause there was something luminous about them - something about the layers of paint involved. There is a special I saw on tv called rothko's rooms - about him and his paintings that really was what got me into his stuff. Before that I was pretty much, eh, giant squares - whats the biggie? I don't know really why I like them - most of my life I wouldnt have... its only when I couldnt see that well that I even started to like them... dont know why that even happened. Maybe it was the simple shapes...dunno.

Mom Mayhem says: 12/1/09, 2:19 PM  

I like the 2nd and 3rd ones -Kinda have that whole bringing the outside-in kind of feel. -Like it would be a good place to contemplate. Interesting post!

Lin 12/1/09, 10:03 PM  

This actually looks like my mom's place--except it isn't quite so "nice". She's got all that old stuff all around because she was always too cheap to buy anything new. ick.

heidi 12/2/09, 11:11 AM  

i want that kitchen! c'mon santa, make it happen!

one gal's trash 12/4/09, 11:48 AM  

I swear! They have those rugs at Ikea...purple, pink and orange, if memory serves. We almost bought them for my 16 year old daughter but she decided they might be a safety hazard.

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