Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Keeping It Simple



These days I really make a big effort to buy things I can use.

I have the smallest kitchen counter in the world: About 9' x 3' of useable space, so I have to keep the beloved pink kitchen appliances and things to a bare minimum.

I bought these because I use a lot of things to "doctor up" my morning coffee: Sweet-n-low, cremora, sugar free hot cocoa, so those packets can go in these, rather then the unsightly boxes they come in.



Used to buy whatever I could find for cheap in Thrift stores.

Now I am very picky.

I keep each room to particular color schemes which limits buying, and strive to buy fewer, bigger items rather than a lot of smaller things (a mistake I made for many years!). And of course, I'm particular about my things being from the 50's, with a few perhaps from the 40's and older (as any 50's house would have things that are older, but not newer).

Just a couple of tips which worked well for me so far.

What sorts of tips or tricks do you use to keep your place pulled together and looking retro/vintage?

Happy Wednesday!
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13 comments:

  1. oh my goodness, my reaction when I saw that pic was a little gasp! I love those. My place is an odd mix of modern flat pack & vintage finds as I just had to work with what ever I could get! Will be moving soon though and intend to do full vintage and I think that will feel more like a home. This place was supposed to be short term so it has never really had that 'home' feeling x

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  2. I lucked out and got a great deal on these, so affordable and usable, exactly my thang!

    Yeah it's hard when you don't plan on living somewhere for long to want to decorate it. I had an apt for a very short time years ago, and I just hated it! Didn't do a thing to decorate lol...

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  3. oh my! tell me about restraint...i m moving now and see how much i could have lived with out !!

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  4. Valentine's Day has put me in a pink tizzy! It's always been my fav color but for kitchens I've been stuck in the 40s with red, white and green (jadite, 'natch). Last summer moved to aqua walls but kept the red details. OH how those pretty canisters make me long for pink in my kitchen.

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  5. Oh, how cute! They look in absolutely pristine condition.

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  6. err they do have scratches on the back side, but I can live with gently used. =)

    My kitchen hasn't changed but once in the 54 years it's been here: It was originally pink, then pink with green walls.

    Now I want pink and white, this time. It's a small kitchen, so it needs to look and feel big. =)

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  7. I love pink, and with my house full of boys; I need it. I tend to stay with the red accents (I know, it's overdone), but I love red and I have a mix of vintage and non. And my house is an eighties house anyway. I loved your point about having things older than the fifties; it's my pet peeve that period movies always have everything from the period they're in; as if everybody just went out and bought everything brand new that year! If you look at old movies, there's definitely a mix, especially in a household with older people, for instance 'I Love Lucy' episodes that show the Mertz' apartment have furnishings from the 20's and 30's, because that's when the characters were supposed to have been married. Whew! glad I got that off my chest! Didn't know it bothered me that much! Lol!

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  8. I say I'm going minimalist, then the next cool thing comes along! I go through phases! Especially at holiday time, as you know! Love those pink cannisters.

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  9. WE had those - but they were in white. OH so very cool

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  10. Well I restrict myself at the moment as I'm broke that's a pretty good way to restrict yourself but it kills me when I see a bargain, I realy should stop looking at ebay & etsy cos I can't buy at the moment.

    I do love your pink canisters, lovely!

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  11. Those are lovely:) I totally agree on the whole philosophy of mixing in stuff from older eras than the 50's! As you say, most people did have older things in their appartment as well as the 50's stuff..

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  12. I love these, who doesn;t like pink ;-)) Im the same i love to mix up my retro home with mostly 50's and 60's but with a bit of 70's fabrics along the way to, but my furniture is mostly 50's, 60's and older, dee x

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  13. I have canisters on my kitchen counter too! I put little scoops in each one. It makes it so much easier not to spill sugar everywhere when I'm making my coffee in the morning! Restraint is very important. I've been selling off things that are too 70's or don't look right in our home. It's so much easier to live with less things.

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