Saturday, October 20, 2007

50s style bathroom towel bars – Hyde Park series by Delta

When I renovated our three bathrooms, every single detail became an obsession. At one point, I wanted to re-chrome the original, rusty towel bars. But it was ungodly expensive, and they weren’t expensive to begin with, just very typical for the 50s.

After a lot of online exploration and poking around stores, I ultimately bought the Hyde Park series from Delta, available through my Home Depot. Fortunately, I’d seen it there during my research and had taken notes, because when I finally went back to buy them, they were no longer on display. But – Home Depot can order them for you.

The reason in particular that I liked them – was the 6-sided kind of reverse-lug wrench look of their base. (I am sure there is a technical term for this: Help!) This lug wrench styling was exactly what is on my vintage faucet. They also have a nice hefty feel. Go for the chrome – of course (!) (even though one photo in brass finish)

The problem with so many towel bars today – as with toilets and sinks – is that they are so fussy, designed "on victorian steroids". 50s styling came out of the streamline and deco eras…very clean, industrial looks to reflect the new modern, non-fussy viewpoints.

One last thing – if you end up going with a wall-mount sink and Franklin Brass legs, simly add the Hyde Park towel ring to the right or left. A fine solution.

No url today. Go to Home Depot.

Fabulous mid century lamps with traditional 50s or 60s style -- Weekend eBay pick of the day #1

These mid century lamps are just gorgeous. Great shape, great design, great shades -- they have it all! They are well worth the price!
When you decorate in 50s or 60s style, remember, our moms were not slave to a "modern" look. More traditionally styled elements like these can look fabulous and ensure your decor is not too predictable. I have instructed my friend Linda B. to buy them but you can snap them up first if you move fast!

eBay listing ends soon:

50s and 60s style Thibaut wallpaper -- Weekend eBay pick of the day #2

My favorite wallpaper company of all time is Thibaut. They make beautiful wallpapers at a reasonable cost - not cheap, but a very good value for the quality they deliver.
I love their sense of style. In many cases it is quite timeless. Case in point: These 2 eBay wallpapers -- which I think would fit beautifully into a mid century retro renovation style home. As you can tell, I love the oriental theming. I did this in my foyer (with vintage paper) and it's awesome.
Importantly, you can also get these through wallpaper stores. Watch for a future posting on more Thibaut papers, I am going to do more research as I think this is a hot topic for many people.

Both papers are from the same seller, click here for one of them (my favorite) and then go to Sellers Other Items for more possibilities:

Retro 70s style chandelier set -- Weekend eBay pick of the day #3:

Okay, so these may be screaming 70s or 80s, but I am finding that once you get into retro mid century, you develop an appreciation for 70s and 80s style that has vision, integrity, panache, too. This looks to be a great set - a chandelier and a single sconce to tie rooms together.

Link to eBay listing: