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The Picture of Domesticity

July 17, 2010


  1. July 17, 2010 2:17 am

    I’m totally with you on the 50s kitchens – they are cool!

    About five years ago I went absolutely mad on eBay buying 50s kitchen paraphernalia – mostly in that great candy pink (like the cupboards in your pic).

    My new kitchen will be white, mirrored and modern, but I intend to incorporate some of my retro finds to give it character.

  2. Danyelle permalink
    July 17, 2010 2:47 am

    I think you kitchen looks lovely thus far. Did you screw those spice racks into the cabinets?

  3. July 17, 2010 2:49 am

    I am totally impressed…obviously there are problems, but everything is neat and in place.

  4. Mom permalink
    July 17, 2010 5:24 am

    If I go digging for some pictures, our first home looked eerily similar to the first photo. We had pink metal cabinets and grey laminate cross hatch patterned counters. We were the cat’s meow. Then we modernized….

    • July 17, 2010 6:22 am

      You guys modernized from pink metal cabinets! Criminal! I’ll forgive you though.

  5. July 17, 2010 6:53 pm

    Are we actually the same person? I’m starting to think we need a TV show.

    • July 17, 2010 10:49 pm

      I mean, if we both get this worked up over spice racks, surely there’s more. I’ll have my people call your people.

  6. natasha permalink
    July 18, 2010 9:53 am

    Wow, what a great blog you two have, can not wait till the next post. And Dan your writing style is so refreshingly melting.

  7. July 19, 2010 2:46 pm

    OMG…what a fab idea with the Rationell baking sheet holder. How sick am I of my food trays and baking trays sliding down into the cake tins and much other meaningless tat in my cupboards. And I’m waiting for my new kitchen before I buy the spice racks…super cool. Great to see what you’ve done to the place and looking forward to future updates. Love your writing…so fresh. I am still trying to come up with a kitchen idea that isn’t a new glam kitchen. Love the mid-mod look and thinking vintage wallpapers and mad retro paintings? Any pointers?

    • July 19, 2010 3:35 pm

      Go for it! I know Bradbury & Bradbury makes some funky vintage-looking repro wallpaper that you might like, and there’s always the option of snagging real vintage from Ebay. The website Retro Renovation has a ton of information on the types of details that you might find in retro kitchens (hudee rings, steel countertop edging, etc) and where you can buy that stuff today. Rejuvenation carries retro looking cabinet pulls, including 3″-spread boomerangs that I think are great for pretty decent prices. And of course things like Pyrex bowls or Fire King bakeware are fun and it’s not too expensive to piece together a collection from individual pieces online if you find a pattern you like! So many options! As for the art, well, I love me a paint-by-numbers. And a sunburst clock.

      • July 19, 2010 4:00 pm

        Wow thanks for the heads up on all this. Will check it all out. I’m after a SMEG fridge but having a family…it’s not so practical, especially as there will be nowhere else to put a spare fridge or freezer. Maybe when the kiddos have left home? I have started to fall in love with Cathrine Holm enamelware but by eck you just can’t get enough of it over here. I do have a small collection of teapots from the 60’s/70’s with funky patterning and some storage jars. Will need to head to a few more charity shops and car bootys! I’m so wanting a starburst something…either mirror or clock will do…it will find me I’m sure of it. As for art t’other arf made a massive piece out of paint sample cards years ago so I have to save space for that but I’m also on the lookout for the pins and string stuff that I remember as a kid.

        D’you know what I think I might just pull it off…cheers for the words of encouragement!

      • July 19, 2010 4:31 pm

        Catherine Holm enamelware DROOOOL. GET IN MY KITCHEN. I want it now and I want it badly.

  8. JennyO permalink
    July 20, 2010 4:20 am

    It looks so clean and neat and then you notice the details and they are so charming and fun! I love your style!

  9. Dana permalink
    July 21, 2010 4:11 pm

    I think Anthropologie knobs would complement the kitsch quite nicely.

  10. July 23, 2010 4:45 am

    i think the color you’re thinking of is peppermint.

  11. kathleen permalink
    August 2, 2010 12:14 am

    I’m in love with your avocado green paper holder! My roommate hates clutter with a passion … which I’m on board with in general, but having to open a cabinet to get to the paper towels is kind of messy and awkward. Where did you get this wonder?

    • August 2, 2010 12:43 am

      I bought mine from a Value Village, but they aren’t too rare in thrift shops and flea markets in various styles and configurations. Mine is the aptly-named “Beauty-Craft” brand.


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