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Is your decorating ever inspired by t.v. shows or movies?

I'm a huge fan of goofy old shows like Andy Griffith and Denis the Menace. I watch them often on Netflix and Hulu.  I love the decorating style of those days, 1950s and early 60s.  I'd love to have a retro-kitchen and my overall decorating is a bit like that, too.

 

Do you get inspiration from t.v. shows or movies?

 

 

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I saw a cover of Country Living years ago. It was a potting shed with a farmhouse sink. I saved that cover for many years and when I was ready to re-do the kitchen, I was able to recreate it.

 

I have collected kitchen items since I was a teenager. I had to take 2 buses to school and one stop was near the central Goodwill store. I started collecting Fiesta, Depression glass, Buffalo China, Harker, etc. My juice glasses are all "swanky swigs" - the small glasses that used to be filled with jelly or cheese spread.

 

I would rather re-use old USA made items than buy new junk from China.

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Not really inspiration, but I always pay attention to the decor on those 50's  and 60's shows.  I wonder what the rent would be for some of the New York apartments, like on Family Affair or That Girl.

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My life is an eclectic mix of antiques and Mid Century Modern. 

 

I like antique furniture, especially oak, but for kitchen use, I love the MCM stuff like Pyrex, Corningware, Farberware and Revere, the older Tupperware etc. I don't display a lot of that stuff, but it fills my cabinets and basement and I use them often as they remind me of all the great cooks in my family during my growing up years. I do use a lot of old dish sets on my table regularly too.

 

I love looking at the home decor and kitchens in old TV and movies too. I spend a lot of time looking at the homes and things in them and not the 'story' that is being told! 

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No, tv doesn't inspire me.  I got the ideas to decorate my house from touring open houses.

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I LOVE all that stuff and try to decorate our home in the vintage style!  I love ruffled curtains and crocheted doilies on the end table.  I'm also a huge fan of the Napco ceramic figures from the 50's and 60's.  (I promise, it's not as tacky as it sounds)!  I pick up vintage salt and pepper shakers and decorate with those in our kitchen according to the seasons.  I try now when I want to purchase something for the house to only go vintage.  It keeps me from spending money on things I know I'll eventually grow tired of and end up donating.  I was recently watching Andy Griffith and noticed the china cabinet in their dining room with only a few items on it.  Simple and charming!  :-) 

 

Edited to add ~ If you haven't already, google Big Chill Appliances.  These are American-made refrigerators, etc that look like the ones from the 50's!  They come in retro colors, too!  Super expensive but so cool.....

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@terrier3 I have some coffee glasses I bought at the Brimfield flea market in Ma. Some years ago. A small glass cup that says "Buffalo's best cup of coffee" Deco Restaurants. Deposit 5 cents. I thought you might have heard of the restaurant.

 

So you got a glass coffee cup to go, paid five cents deposit and then returned it. I love the look of the glasses. I can't post a pic, but if you google, they will come up.

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There's a lithograph of dragonflies in Regina's office on "Once Upon a Time" that I love.  Her whole office is very much my style.  

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@proudlyfromNJ wrote:

@terrier3 I have some coffee glasses I bought at the Brimfield flea market in Ma. Some years ago. A small glass cup that says "Buffalo's best cup of coffee" Deco Restaurants. Deposit 5 cents. I thought you might have heard of the restaurant.

 

So you got a glass coffee cup to go, paid five cents deposit and then returned it. I love the look of the glasses. I can't post a pic, but if you google, they will come up.


YES - I remember Deco well! It was a small local chain. There is a storefront in a suburb tht still has the original turquoise paint on the front - the Deco color.

Thanks for the memory!

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My whole house is 50's and 60's.  It has been that way since I married in 1972.  Everything I have has been purchased at garage sales, flea markets, eBay and Etsy.  Once the show Mad Men became popular everything mid-century went sky high!  

 

I just don't like new things.  No quality or character goes into the production of new stuff.