Floral Print Trends Through the Decades

You can’t really go wrong with a floral accent or two in a room. Of course, they sometimes feel a little too saccharine, plus there’s crazy granny potential there, too. And you definitely don’t want to go overboard, unless you’re trying to live in a Liberty of London or Laura Ashley ad. But generally speaking, a flower patterned pillow, chair, dish, piece of art—heck, wall covering or even carpet—can be a classic item that will have tons of decorative bang for your buck and staying power to boot. And around this time of year, there’s nothing better than bringing a Read More

100+ Years of Tradition: Vintage Retail Holiday Window Displays Through the Years

Long ago, before anybody had even dreamed of the internet, people did their holiday shopping in a charmingly analog way: by scoping out gifts in store windows. Then, in 1883, the smart folks at the Macy’s department store in New York City realized that they could draw even more people to their store windows by putting on a show. The first Macy’s Christmas display, which featured a mechanical Santa’s sleigh pulled by reindeer, drew fascinated crowds, and a holiday tradition was born. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

8 Outrageous '80s Kitchens You Might Love, But Will Probably Totally Hate

Eighties design is a fascinating subject of study because of the peculiar arc it’s taken recently: from despised and reviled to avant-garde cool, all within the space of a very short period of time. But with all the love for Memphis and weird ’80s graphics, there’s one particular aspect of this design era I haven’t heard much about: the ’80s kitchen. Is it as terrible as we remember? Has the time for a renaissance finally come? Let’s take a look. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Our Treasured Family Heirlooms, In My Grandparents' House and Now in Mine

I recently wrote about my grandparents’ former home in St. Francis Wood of San Francisco. Though the house is no longer in our family, I inherited several pieces of art and furniture that are now part of the backdrop of my own family’s stories. Here are some beloved pieces, then and now. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The New Look For the Kitchen is More Classic Than Ever

Lately, new designs for the kitchen look more and more like old designs for the kitchen. There’s a certain style of British kitchen — vintage-style appliances, Shaker-style cabinets, a bit austere but with very traditional accents — that’s becoming very popular. Looking at these kitchens, I am struck by the fact that they look remarkably similar to some of the 1920s kitchens I came across while researching this series about the history of kitchen design. Everything old is new again — and in this case, what’s particularly old is particularly new. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

For This Brief Period, Kitchens Went Totally Wild — 100 Years in the Kitchen

The kitchen many not seem like the most adventurous room in the home (especially today as we gravitate toward all white kitchens), but there was a time when it was bold and daring. You see little hints of this in the ’60s, but it’s in the ’70s that the kitchen started to get really wild. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Quiz: Can You Match the Bathroom to the Decade?

Ah the vintage bathroom: it’s either loved to the point that tears are shed upon hearing that someone ripped out an authentic 1950s space (the original tiles — nooo!!), or loathed so much that it’s the first thing someone renovates upon moving into a fixer upper (white subway tiles, here I come!). Whichever side you fall on—as there doesn’t appear to be a limbo between those two stances—you’re still likely to have fun making your best guesses in today’s quiz featuring bathrooms from the ’40s to the ’80s. “Mamie pink” tiles, wall-to-wall shag carpeting (yes…in the bathroom), embroidered dividing walls…can Read More

The FOMO-Sufferer's Guide to Experiencing the Total Eclipse from Your Living Room

If you’re feeling a little bit out of the loop lately about this “totality” eclipse thing, allow us to catch you up: It’s a major celestial event and, if you’re in America, likely the best view you’ll get of a solar eclipse in your lifetime. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the best seats are all already taken. Loading Email Sign-Up Form… If the form doesn’t load, you can try our mailing list page instead. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Go Down the Rabbit Hole: 10 Vintage Newspaper & Magazine Ads

I love a good print ad. Maybe it’s my magazine background shining through, but it’s difficult for me to see the interplay of typeface and imagery on paper as anything but artful, even though I know I’m being marketed to. Sorry if that makes me complicit, Marshall McLuhan! But I prefer to think of myself as just a geek for fonts, puns, pictures and products, especially when they’re clever. And while advertising has definitely gotten slicker over the years—and clearly colonized other platforms, it’s amazing how different and yet somewhat similar old ads are to the ones today. So let’s Read More