What was flooring from the fifties like? Bold stripes, oversize checkerboard squares, or random arrangements made from vinyl tile or linoleum for the kitchen, bathroom or other areas of the home!
DIY Halloween decorations on a budget: Fiendishly clever ideas from the days before party supply stores (1919)
Back when cheap Halloween party decor was a distant dream, people had to make their Halloween decorations the old-fashioned way: by getting creative. Ghoul School 1919 is now in session!
See 110 vintage ’50s house plans used to build millions of mid-century homes that we still live in today
If you're buying a 1950s house, already live in one, or just want to see how new suburban homes were designed back in the rock 'n' roll and 'Leave it to Beaver' era, we have some fantastic '50s house plans for you!
How to make old-fashioned apple head dolls: Get vintage shrunken apple DIY craft directions, details & photos
Remember apple head dolls - an early American craft with folk art roots that was popular again in the '60s and '70s? Find out how to make these shrunken apple dolls, and more about the art of dollmaking.
Anyone for radioactive food? You could get it with this X-radium cookware – a mind-blowingly bad product idea from 1905
Back when radium was first discovered, people loved that it was new and cool and it glowed... so companies decided to put it into a variety of products, like this radioactive X-radium cookware. Yeah, that was a bad idea.
Check out these 12 retro basement remodels, including a ranch room with a Western atmosphere, created with cowhide furniture, a totem pole, and a colorful pattern for the floor copied from a Navajo blanket.
Take a look around Armsmear, Samuel Colt’s famously over-the-top Victorian mansion built in Hartford, Connecticut
Armsmear, the Connecticut mansion also known as the Samuel Colt House, was built on a huge plot of land owned by the inventor of the famous firearm. See what this grand and spacious Victorian home was like in its heyday!
Forget kitchen cabinets – install a wall-mounted refrigerator! (Yes – this was really a thing in the ’50s)
This new, revolutionary wall-mounted refrigerator and freezer that hangs from the wall is a completely new and advanced concept of modern living. Truly, it is the most convenient and magnificent refrigerator-freezer ever produced!
This mid-century modern home design was created for a busy family of five, and in addition to the spacious floorplan, it glows with light, from huge windows and stunning clerestories.
See some vintage DuPont Flair Squares wall coverings - sticky squares of vinyl wallpaper that used to be super-popular. They were an easy way to DIY some home decor in the '70s and '80s.
Why stop with the walls when decorating your home when you can add color and flair up high? Here are some retro examples and home decor tips on how to wallpaper your ceiling!
Early in the 20th century, there was an interesting development in American home life -- people started moving from the city out to the suburban districts and small towns. See some classic All-American suburban houses from that era here!
Here's an idea designed to make one room serve two purposes . . . a cozy, practical family room, plus well-planned facilities for extra guests or family additions.
Boo! If you're having friends over for some spooky fun, look here for four different hauntingly creative Halloween party table decorations! These vintage menu suggestions and decor ideas are just as fun and festive today as ever.
These 72 wonderful wallpaper samples come straight from the forties, when wallpaper was all the rage.
Why take the stairs while you can ride up in comfort inside one of these metalwork 'cage' style antique elevators, made with beautiful ornamental iron? Just tell the bellhop what floor you want.
Keyed for color, comfort and convenience, the retro bathroom decor for two homes in the city and two in the country have been remodeled for maximum relaxation.
I don't know why this older couple -- my great-grandparents, in fact -- had these photos taken of their home in the mid-fifties, but I'm glad they did... Click to read more...
The following is a list of the indispensable and necessary pieces of china and glass for correct dinner service, together with a menu describing each of the fourteen courses served at a formal dinner party.
If you were planning to get a new kitchen for your home in the 1950s, here are nine of the most popular mid-century kitchen remodels and floorplans you might have checked out!
The inventor of the dishwashing machine The patron saint of the emancipated woman of the future will be Josephine Garis Cochrane, the inventor of... Click to read more...
Careful selection of wallpaper important By William Pahlmann, Fellow, American Institute of Interior Designers A beautiful design on a fine wall... Click to read more...
Children's activity center Hours of family-planned fun with this compact "home saver" A separate little world for the youngsters of your house .... Click to read more...
A lighthearted look back at the 50s housewife during the sunny days of yesteryear, when a woman's home was her castle -- and her kitchen was the heart of that home.
Vintage weathervanes were made in almost every conceivable design and pattern. Horses, cows, deer, eagles, ships. roosters and even pigs were hammered in metal and used to register the direction of the wind.
A kitchen remodel portfolio: Help yourself to the inspired ideas - some big, some little, all of them adaptable - in these kitchen makeovers by talented designers! Retro styles from 1978.
'I just bought the only vacation you can keep -- a Coleco pool. Would you believe it cost me less than taking the family away for two weeks?"'
After you get a place of your own, you get to decorate your apartment! You will have such a joyous adventure turning it into the kind of place you like.
A Victorian garden party may extend from afternoon into evening, or it may be entirely an evening affair, in which case the lawn and shrubberies are lighted by Japanese lanterns cleverly put about the place.
Bold, rich coloring for houses of the era The day when nearly every building was painted white, and window blinds green, has passed away. It was ... Click to read more...
This catalog of household goods was published to help people 'spend' the gift stamps they had earned at the grocery store -- much like the better-known Green Stamps.
Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the American Dream could be had -- affordably, fully-furnished, and in style -- if you wanted to buy a mobile home!
These bold and bright '70s bedding ensembles delightfully epitomize the colorful fashions -- both in home decor and clothing -- of the groovy years.
Michael Landon's 'Big House in Beverly Hills' is a far cry from the 'Little House on the Prairie' featured in his hit TV series. But, says the former Bonanza star, he and Lynn and their six lively children "really live in this house -- we don't just look at it."
The Homarina beach cabin provides secure boat storage, over 400 square feet of comfortable, practical leisure living space, plus a large deck right at water's edge.
You enter the house through the front door, painted an unforgettable bright blue, outside and in. You stand on cool, dark ceramic tile that has the sleek look of polished leather. Take a tour of this '70s designer dream house here!