Mid Century Modern Pendants

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A couple of years ago, my friend Pam at Retro Renovation did a post on mid century modern pendants.  As I was reading about them, I was so surprised to see that I owned a a pair of pendants that were in the catalog she was showing.

Put a bulb in it!!!

Make Pendant Lights Out of Thrifty Vintage Finds — Put A Bulb In It! from RetroRenovation.com on Vimeo. I got a call from my friend Pam at Retro Renovation a couple of weeks ago. She talked to me about making a video for her readers. “Put a bulb in it” was the theme. Taking thrifty… Read more »

Spring flowers from the 1920’s to the 1950’s

When I started making lampshades in the 90’s, vintage wallpaper was the main material that I used.  I have a huge collection of papers that spans from the 1800’s to the 1950’s. Wallpaper from that time period was made on real paper not vinyl, and every color of the paper had a roller to roll… Read more »

Dorothy Draper would have loved these.

These fabulous ginger jar shaped lamps, with gesso flowers came right from the Dorothy Draper era. They are classical and funky wrapped into one. The tone on tone feeling is soothing.  I have found quite a few examples of gesso decorated lamp bases lately.  This is the first of a series that I will be… Read more »

Sexy, Retro & Irresistible

Pin Up Girls have been documented since the late 1890’s, but the girls from the 1920’s to the 1960’s are the most notable.  Showing up on calenders, matchbook covers, in ad campaigns and more.  These woman always had a smile, dressed in a little or a lot of clothing, they allowed your imagination to be… Read more »