Thursday, January 15, 2009

Original 1950's Interior Photos

In looking at past images of real 1950's interiors, it clearly shows most "designer" homes did not have huge atomic design clocks or bullet planters with tripod legs nor egg cup chairs.

Going by popularity of items on places like ebay, you'd think homes not only were full of them, but that there is some kind of shortage of them. The prices are outrageous! Fiberglass bullet planters with tripod legs must be featured in every design book on the 1950's, because I cannot understand why they sell for $100+ each.

However, I suppose we all want our 50's interiors to be distinct. I had a plumber over here to do a simple fix or two, and the first thing he said when he walked in was: "Whoa! A blast from the 1960's!"

Uh, no, that would be 1950's I had to correct him. He thought keeping my house in the original late 1950's style was a dumb idea. Needless to say, I will not be using his business any more.


  1. i think its wonderful and i also have my home decorated in 1950 decor!! so fun!!!

  2. Love finding others who love what I love! Trying to recapture my childhood by procuring things I remember having has been a heartbreaking surprise, especially on Ebay. I'm a child of the late 50s. I have been lucky enough through flea markets and yard sales to acquire almost an entire dishware set that my parents used - Blue Heaven. Its not fancy or expensive, but it warms my heart every time I look at it. How I wish I could afford to buy back my childhood things! Here is a very sad example of what I am finding. I used to collect the 5 cent bubble gum packs of The Monkees in the sixties. One pack of unopened 5 cent bubble gum and cards was listed for $134.00!!! There's something very wrong about that...

  3. Would love to see more
    Having a 50's home I'm glad others appreciate that era.

  4. My husband and I are purchasing a new home and though we plan to decorate most of the house rustic/country, I am obsessed with the 50's decor and that will show throughout the master bedroom and attached bath. I love the architecture of that time and just the overall fun and glamour it reprented. I plan on re-visiting your site as much as possible. Thank you!

  5. I love the 50's. I love an atomic leg! x

  6. I have a 50's ranch house, and the kitchen is the only part of the house that has retained some of its features from the 50's. I think it's really cozy, but I'm looking for guidance on what shades of paint (for interior walls could help complete the 50's look. Any suggestions?

    1. It has been almost two years since you wrote this message. I am just finding it today, but I am actually living in my grandparents 1950's ranch home. It still has the rust colored carpet that is in great shape, but due to age needs to be taken out. There are hardwoods underneath that I would like to refinish. But to the point of me writing to you is to ask if you ever found any 1950's paint colors and if so, where? I am about to start repainting the house interior and am just stuck with what color to paint since I would like to do it in a color that would have been used at that time. Currently there is the original walpaper in the dining room that is a cream background with a rusty/orange, green and gold print on it. If part of had not already been removed when we moved in, I probably would have just washed/cleaned it and left it. Unfortunately, I do not have the choice. I love using antiques and also repurposing items to use in the home too.

      If you have found any help with the paint issue, could offer advise, or steer me in the direction I need to be in, I would greatly appreciate it. I will eventually be repainting the enitre interior of the home and am just getting my research started.

      Thank you for any help you could give!

  7. Google. There are companies who produce colors that were produced in the 50's. :)