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Retro Style Handsets: From Ericofon to POP Phones


In my case, you can’t totally blame it on the Mad Men effect since I bought my original Ericofon long time ago. It was a splurge when I moved to my first apartment. I adored how it looks then and I still do.

Sadly, my cobra telephone passed more time in boxes since nobody around me appreciates it. It’s true that this plastic one-piece telephone becomes heavy if you are having long conversation. And yes, a rotary dialer is cumbersome. But, I don’t make many phone calls anyway. Now it is back in my life. It sits nicely on my mid-century office desk. Finding my old Ericofon last week when I sorted my boxes during my Spring cleaning put a big smile on my face. I was relieved since I was afraid that I gave it away. I won’t make that same mistake again. Continue Reading


Symbol Audio’s Retro Modern, All-in-one Record Console

modern retro console symbol audio

modern retro console symbol audio
photo: Modern Record Console  

If the man in your life loves music, here is something that will please your design style and give him all the bells and whistles that he is craving for. New-York based Symbol Audio handcrafts modern audio HIFI consoles and vinyl LP storage cabinets in the tradition of fine furniture. If you like its 1950s look, start to save for his Christmas gift because I read on Core 77 that the Modern Record Console will run you about $15,000.

Symbol Audio produces three products, all designed by Blake Tovin and Matt Richmond. The Modern Record Console is an all-in-one American walnut unit that mixes the old technology with the new. You can play vinyl records or switch the selector from turntable to WiFi and stream from any digital source through the built-in wireless router and control music selections from your iPhone, iPod, iPad or computer.

lp storage cabinet by symbol audio

For LP collectors, the LP storage cabinet is available in 2 sizes storing either 320 or 640 LPs. The top can hold your turnable and audio components. Price ranges from $2,750 to $5,250.


LookBook: Geometric Orange At Your Table

retro orange and blue

It is no secret that I love orange as much as I love modern style. I like so much the clean lines of the city tea towel that I present you to way to mix geometric patterns with it.

Option 1

retro orange and blue

Shown here: City Series Tea Towel $22 USD at Lekker Home | Blocks Fabric from Melinki Two collection by Scion (part of Harlequin Group) |  Circa Aqua Bowl $9.95 USD at Crate and Barrel

Option 2

retro orange inspired table linens

Shown here: City Series Tea Towel $22 USD at Lekker Home | Studio Oh! Heavyweight Paper Placemats $19.99 USD at | Atom Art Bowl $8 USD at Anthropologie

Which board do you prefer?


Small Appliances in Azure Blue by Delonghi UK

1950's italian azure blue kettle and toaster :: icona collection by delonghi

1950\'s italian azure blue kettle and toaster :: icona collection by delonghi

For an unknown reason, small appliance makers often omitted blue for their collection. I do not know why since blue is a classic color for dinnerware. This is not the case of the Icona collection by Delonghi.

icona azure blue espresso machine and toaster by delonghi uk

Event if their style is inspired by the glamour of 1950’s Italy, they are filled with modern features. The blue finish will not show finger prints. The 4-slice toaster comes with electronic controls for reheat, defrost, and bagel, an extra lift position for easy removal of small slices and more features that you expect today.

Sadly, neither Delonghi in the USA or Canada cared to bring the Icona collection home. If you live in the United Kingdom, you are the lucky ones.

Icona Azure Blue 4-slice Toaster £69.99
+ Icona Azure Blue Kettle £69.99
+ Icona Traditional Pump Espresso/Cappuccino Maker £149.99


Inspired by the Retro Design of Hea Sofa by BG Norge

hea sofa by bg norge

There are furniture you love at first sight. Hea by the Norvegean sofa maker BG Norge is one of those times.

creative use of patterns on the hea sofa by bg norge

The creative use of patterns grabbed my attention. The design cleverly mixes fabrics in the front and the back. It is also interesting to see how the design fits well in what looks like a cottage.

Sadly for us, BG Norway seems to be available only available in Norway where they got more than a hundred retailers.

+ Hea by BG Norge
+ Via Apartment Therapy and Alvorada


Celebrating the Mad Men way

I started to watch Mad Men lately. The storyline is great. The series also grabbed my attention for the set designs and the fashion.

I have a thing for the glamour behind the world of advertising although I do not watch TV ads. And it is fun to watch the customs of the 60s. It reminds us how our customs have evolved for the better of everyone one in our society.

mad men entertaining style

AMC describes the series in those words:

From Matthew Weiner, the Emmy award-winning executive producer and writer of “The Sopranos,” “MAD MEN” is the ground-breaking, daring series about the glamorous and ego-driven “Golden Age” of advertising, where everyone is selling something and nothing is ever what it seems.

I laughed when I saw Betty Draper, the wife of Don, preparing stuffed celery sticks for a party. Thank God that we are so beyond that now. Examine the typical details of office parties from the show. We see that drinking in Mason jars is nothing new. The prints on the paper cups look cool today.

betty draper :: peggy olson from Mad Men

The series also explores the first step of women taking their place in the workforce with the sweet Peggy Olsen moving from secretary to junior copywriter.

If you never catch the show on AMC, season 1 is available on DVD. You have to wait until summer 2009 for Season 2 on DVD.

Modern Office, version 1964

steelcase ad from 1966

Lastly, I spot this cool 1964 dream office advertisement by Steelcase on a cool blog called The Mid-Century Modernist.

I had a few office chairs like the secretary chairs on the ad. I gave or sold them, except one, at the end of last year. I was said to let them go but we lacked the space. I think they are cool.

+ Mad Men – Season One $23.99 USD
+ Mad Men – Season 1 Blu-Ray edition $24.99 USD
+ Mad Men – Music from the Series, Vol. 1 $13.99 USD
+ Images from the Mad Men official site on AMC


The Return of the Aluminum Christmas Trees

aluminum christmas tree with turquoise balls

It is popular with mid-century home owners. You can dig originals on ebay and craighlist or buy a brand new Classic Aluminum Christmas Tree from New-York retailer Hammacher Schlemmer.

The appeal of using aluminum for a Christmas tree rests in its reflective quality. The downside is that putting Christmas lights in the tree would be too dangerous. This is why the color wheel was invented. A more elegant option is a single color lamp instead of the 4-color wheel.

aluminum christmas tree in a modern open space living and dining room

If you are not convinced yet, I included more decorated trees.

aluminum christmas trees

The left tree was found on Flickr on the Aluminum Christmas trees pool. Jenn Ski paid $25 on Craigslist for a the 6-foot silver tree last summer. Jenn dreams of a pink aluminum tree like the one on the right. Any colors other than silver are hard to find and can be expensive.

Before you buy any trees, verify the width and the height to make sure it will fit your apartment.

Brand New Aluminum Christmas Trees

Hammacher Schlemmer sells the aluminum Christmas tree made popular in the 1950s in 5-foot and 7-foot. They are made of high-quality, long-lasting aluminum foil branches that insert into a hardwood trunk. Their easy-to-assemble tree is made with non-corrosive high-quality aluminum foil branches that will long outlast the brittle tinsel of lesser trees.

Yuletide Expressions produces slim, wide and standard width aluminum Christmas trees from 4 to 9 foot. A Premium version with 30% more branches is available. They cost about the same as the trees at Hammacher Schlemmer. What is great about Yuletide Expressions is that they sell the parts if you broke your tree.

The Aluminum Christmas trees is not for everyone and for every décor. But if you do, they are nice options out there.

+ 5 Foot Classic Aluminum Christmas Tree – $399.95 USD at Hammacher Schlemmer
+ Yuletide Expressions
+ aluminum Christmas tree
+ NWW Holiday 2008 tree
+ Via Arren Williams and Jenn Ski


My Retro Milk Glass Patio Snack Set

1950's milk glass patio snack set :: blue sky days

Kitsch has a good and a bad side. For me, this patio snack set is on the cute good side. I came across this 1950’s cute milk glass breakfast or snack set through Jenn Ski’s blog.

I bought it from a friendly etsy seller. She inquired if the package arrived intact. Blue Sky Days sells fine vintage and handmade goods that she collected over the last 8 years.

This set brings a new style to my tableware collection. The design feels fun and out of the ordinary. In the 1970’s, my mother has milk glass cups, so I guess there is an emotional connection. My husband likes it too.

This snack set is ideal to serve breakfast. Since I prefer drinking my morning coffee in a larger cup, I can serve yogurt or a fruit in the cup and put my toasts on the plate. Luckily, it harmonizes with my coffee/tea cup from my Chirp Dinnerware set by Lenox.

At lunch, I can serve a panini with a small soup or salad in the cup on a terrace.

I am saying thank to graphic designer and artist Jenn Ski. Without her, I would have missed this etsy find.

>>> Sourcing:
Shopping: Blue Sky Days [etsy shop]
Buy online: Lenox Chirp Dinnerware [Lenox] – price: $99.95 for a 5-piece setting
Via: Etsy Find [Jenn Ski]


Grandma is Late for Dinner at Anthropologie

crocheted food cover :: fresh-squeezed juicer :: garden pitcher :: late for dinner plates at anthropologie

With Mother’s Day in less than two weeks, I spot more gift ideas for moms who enjoy hosting outdoor entertaining for her family and friends.

My first suggestion is Late for Dinner, a new melamine collection at Anthropology.

My encounter with these pop-art flora plates on Hostess with the Mostess started the ball. For there, I looked for outdoor tableware that I can harmonize with Late for Dinner patterns.

My search brought me to the grandma macramé look of these Crocheted Food Cover shown here in Yellow and dark green. At the same time of the pop-art trend, the crocheted look was hip. The look reminds me of grandma, because we should not forget grandmothers on Mother’s Day.

The morning-bright flora of the Fresh-Squeezed Juicer and the Painted Garden Pitcher complete the communal look.

As you can see from the pictures, you can mix those with many solids and patterns.

>>> Sourcing:
Buy online: Late for Dinner melamine plates at Anthropologie – price: $25.26 CAD – $24 USD set of 4
Buy online: Crocheted Food Cover at Anthropologie – price: $18.95 CAD – $18 USD
Buy online: Fresh-Squeezed Juicer at Anthropologie – price: $25.26 CAD – $24 USD
Buy online: Painted Garden Pitcher at Anthropologie – price: $18.95 CAD – $18 USD
Via: Retro-Mod Melamine [Hostess with the Mostess]


Party Theme for a Graduation Party – take 2


I was inspired by too many objects when I was writing my Dotted Theme for a Girl Graduation Party post, that I created a second mood board.

This one is an exercise in pattern arrangements. See how a traditional pattern can take a new life when it is harmonized with hip patterns.

My Design

You can leave the top open of the Teeny Green Dots Lunch Box to use them to store vintage mil bottle filled with non alcoholic cocktails or juices. Next to a buffet table, use them as a container for the napkins. Below is the Chain Link pattern from the MacBeth Collection. Chain Link is offer in Pool (blue) and Apple (green).

The Party Girls invites by Inviting Company are suitable whether you are preparing a Sweet 16 birthday for a girl, a graduation party or a girl night out. You can send them to your girl friends if you want to throw a Before Movie Cocktail the premiere of the Sex and The City movie. Add $50 for printed invites by thermography, lithography or value printing (I do not know what this means)

Pop Ink makes the retro style heavy-duty melamine plates. Their plate illustrations range from the whimsical with a touch of kitsch to lovable drawings. Each set of four plates are packaged in a jewel-like acrylic display box. The designs by Pop Ink are sure to inspire to throw more parties. I select a botanical design called Plant Food.

Buy online: Metal Lunch Box at The MacBeth Collection – price: $48 USD, $35 for the mini
Buy online: Party Girls invitation cards at Paper Affairs – price: $13 for 10 unprinted invites
Buy online: Pop Ink Plant Food Melamine Plate Set at Velocity Art & Design – price: $36 USD for 4 dinner plates