Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Keeping Up With the Times - Retro Renovation

This past week's Home section of the New York Times caught my eye. One of the cover stories was a feature on Pam Kueber, founder of the blog Retro Renovation.

Pam's passion is helping people preserve the mid-century style of their home and Retro Renovation was started to house all information Pam has compiled on the subject. There is a ton of information and resources for those looking for certain materials needed to preserve the mid-century style.

Check out a photo of Pam Kueber's kitchen:

Photo courtesy of Retro Renovation
Retro indeed!

Why was I so drawn to this article? Because many of the features of our house (before it was renovated) remind me of some of the featured homes and rooms on Retro Renovation. It's amazing and intriguing to me that people are passionate about preserving these materials - very well made materials I might add.

Pink bathrooms, Caloric wall ovens, steel cabinets - these are just a few of the highlights from the blog that remind me of our home. Our home has/had all of these at one point!  (We still have the Caloric wall oven with warming drawer and I love it - and thankful that it is stainless and not pink).

Here is a find that one of Pam's readers wrote in about and got lots of comments about:

Photo courtesy of Retro Renovation
Pink Caloric wall oven with warming drawer = awesome

Want to know everything there is to know about steel cabinets? You can read all about them here on Pam's blog.

Photo courtesy of Retro Renovation

I think maintaining this mid-century look is all about personal preference, but what are your thoughts on the subject and look?

Take a look at Pam's blog if you have a chance, it's filled with a ton of great retro styles. 


  1. I can't wait to head over and check out her blog, what an interesting concept. We live in a 1950's ranch style house and I don't think I am interested in "preserving" it. I love the quality of old homes, but 50's really isn't a style I want to preserve. I like to take the great qualities of a 50's home and update it without losing all character.

  2. Am I crazy? I don't think that kitchen looks very retro at all... especially those chairs! They look like something out of The Jetsons! I love how it looks but it just doesn't look retro to me. But I have to admit I'm not that versed in the ways of retro renovation.

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