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Saturday, December 20, 2014

hello...anyone out there.

This is 50s gal. I am not sure who still visits my site but I sort of left abruptly and just needed a break. With the coming new year I would like to return to posting, though my life is a bit different lately. I shall see who responds to this by 1 January 2015 to see if I should bother.
I hope all are well.

Monday, February 3, 2014

2 february 1925 “Breakfast Alcoves: dreamy intimate seating”

20skitchen3 I have always loved a kitchen alcove. The idea of the little breakfast nook (as opposed to an entire breakfast room which would be lovely as well) just seems so homey.

20skitchen4 The 1920’s kitchen really considered these a necessity. Homes were getting smaller for the middle classes post war and the decline in the ability to have staff made eating and prep in one room more important. The middle class family would most likely have their dinner in the formal dinning room off the kitchen, but early morning with kids off to school, father with his morning paper and Mother happy to have all her new gadgets to hand found the kitchen eating alcove a wonderful addition to her busy morning.

breakfastalcove1 And when space saving is par for the course with the need and want of a breakfast alcove, why not make it do double duty: a guest bed! This would be a great solution for any small house or even for a getaway cottage. With a darling set of curtains in coordinating fabric that says pulled back most of the time, close them when your guest is in there and he’ll have a bit of old 'fashioned train sleeper privacy while you get the eggs and coffee on in the morning.;

kitchenalcove Even when one considers the small bit of space needed, you could almost see simply adding a bump out to your small kitchen. Some 2 x 4 framing, a simple shed roof and this simple 6 foot wide by 4’10” room would be easy foe many a DIY. A 6 x 5 addition would be very low cost and probably quite doable by a family of a few Summer weekends.

I am going to share this little silent film clip which is rather funny but also a good little glimpse into an early kitchen. The clip says 1920’s but it must be very early 20’s I would almost say late teens, as the ladies hair and dress tell me late teens. You can see their higher waisted dresses, popular before the dropped waist of the 20’s. And their hair is taking on the look we will have in the cut styles of the 1920’s but were managed in the teens WWI era with still long hair but wrapped and style to frame the face.

Have a lovely day and don’t forget to put a little Vintage in your Day.

Friday, January 31, 2014

30 January 1955 “Educational Color Decorating the 1950’s Way and Using the Color Wheel”

I have been busy trying to update and coordinate the blog. Trying to ‘keep up with the times’ as far as interactive and layout of the ever changing blog and its subsequent social media can be fun but is also rather tricky and a bit of a headache.

I spent a large portion of yesterday trying to get a simple feature to work on my Facebook page. There is meant to be a button on the right of posts that shows an ‘embed’ button. This allows the ability to cross share things on your blog and Facebok. My main Facebook does not have it. After hours of exhaustive searching for help, asking Facebook (no answer) and messing about. I found out that my Apron Revolution page on Facebook will allow it. So, that is going to simply become my new main blog Facebook page. So, I hope any of you that follow me on the facebook will simply like and move over to that. It is continuing process today.

Thus working on how to integrate Pinterest, Twitter et al into the blog (as I said a somewhat quickly changing experience on the internet) it made me think of planning ones home for decorating. Another aspect of my life that changed with the 1950s. Having been a always of the ‘artistic’ temperament I have always decorated with a sense of my own inclinations, buying and arranging as I find. I like our home and feel it represents my own taste of antiquity and the past (Probably much more 1895 than 1955 with the exception of my kitchen). But, as with most of the learning of the 1950’s, I find that with thought, planning and careful consideration, even decorating can be a science. It allows one to plan and thus save money. Having an organized plan in any way makes for an organized budget. One will spend less overall if you have a plan. You will know you want or need a sofa in this shade and two chairs and a picture here. Things won’t be bought on a whim throwing a plan off.

I, myself, learned this the hard way. And am still now suffering from this. Having bought things at yard sales, auctions and when the fancy struck, I still have furniture and accessories stored in a barn building I have. This building is now slated for a specific purpose and remodel and sorting through the detritus to prepare for that shows how one is better served with a plan.

Therefore as I work away today trying to manage the new look of the blog and the correlation of the other social media, I will leave you with another instructional film. This one was most assuredly put out by a paint company. It is obviously commercial like in that sense, but there are some great images of vintage materials. It also shows the use of the color wheel in a very helpful way. It made me think how we could possibly make our own to help us decide how to approach a room in our home before we commit to buying paint, paper, rugs, accessories, and furniture. Here is how I think we could make one similar to the handy one you see being used in the video.

colorwheel1 First here is a color wheel. This gives you the general layout of the colors.

colorwheel2 This one devoid of color but more simply descriptive gives you a good layout of colors.

What I would propose is take a copy of these on paper with you to your local paint store. And then by your choice of what you are drawn to, pick pain samples, the type wiht the three or four color variations on them from darkest to lightest, that meet all the color. Even if you think, Well I am not a big red/peach fan, still pick some samples in that color range that you are MOST responsive to as you look through them. Then when you have collected at least on sample corresponding to the colors in the color wheel, make your own wheel at home. Using the more simple layout as a guide. Now you have a wheel of color to work with. And I think you could see by the video how the three sections are cut out to coordinate with the wheel. This could be made easily with scissors and a sheet of opaque Mylar paper found at any craft store.

This would be such a helpful tool as you tackle the scheme for any room. Start with your wheel and work from there.  It is much cheaper to find your colors this way, then cut out images from magazines or downloaded images printed in color and pasted to paper than to buy first and think about it later. You can endless change color schemes and design choices this way quite inexpensively before you make the final purchases. And think how wonderful and powerful you would feel when it is all planned out and you know when you head to buy that sofa EXACTLY what you want.

Here, then , is the film and I am off to try and tackle the decorating of the blog and the coordinating of the Social media. Wish me luck. And a wonderful vintage day to you all.