A 1940s HOME OWNERS’ BOOK

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I recently purchased this vintage hard covered book titled Home Owners’ Catalogue, published in 1945. It is full, and I mean full of informative information that anyone building or renovating a home in the 1940s would have wanted to know about. It’s like a current day home trade show in book form. Being a book from 1945 it is not the 1950s/60s style I generally collect but this vintage gem was just too cool to leave behind. So I decided to get this to give to a friend who also has a love of vintage and hopes to one day restore her grandparents farm house in 1940s style.

It is filled with planning information, check-lists and products ranging from air conditioning, cabinets and flooring to ranges, wall coverings and windows.

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The book illustrates life in the 1940s, post war, with some great ads that show all of the amazing things that were new to them that we now take for granted…like having hot water readily available and enjoying cool air indoors during the hot summer. Imagine how exciting electricity would have been.

Adorable 1940s electricity ad

Adorable 1940s electricity ad

 

A great 1940s kitchen

A great 1940s kitchen

My favorite ads in the book were for these amazing kitchen designs and I had to share a few photos. I would gladly take this lovely little kitchen and all of the sweet accessories in it like the stool, the mixer and all of the canisters.

Love everything about this kitchen.

Love everything about this kitchen.

Here’s the plan for the above 10’6″ x 9’6″ kitchen.

1940s small kitchen plan

1940s small kitchen plan

And how cheery is this kitchen with yellow accents? I love the little desk space – perfect for writing letters while waiting for your freshly baked cookies to come out of the oven.

Bright and cheery 1940s kitchen

Bright and cheery 1940s kitchen

Here’s a décor idea for your vintage kitchen – hang a bamboo framed wall shelf displaying a fun fruity plate collection like in this vintage kitchen.

 

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What a great oven range

And another great 1940s kitchen…

Lots of cabinet space in this kitchen design

Lots of cabinet space in this kitchen design

This vintage bathroom is a beauty – with the 1940s version of dual sinks and the floor of my dreams – so fun!

Love the flooring

Love the flooring

And speaking of vintage flooring, check out the rainbow of colours available in this linoleum ad.

1940s Nairn Linoleum ad

1940s Nairn Linoleum ad

I am always excited to find old books and pamphlets on home design like this one showing the great styles and ideas of the past. They are great historical references for people who are trying to give their homes a true vintage feel.

 

 

 

 

SPRING UPDATE

drywalling

drywalling

Spring is officially here and with that I am getting more anxious to get things done and move to the new house. There is still quite a bit left to do but I am so happy that the drywall is all up and the sanding is complete. After being a bit behind schedule with the drywall, the guys finished mudding and sanding on the weekend and we spent most of yesterday vacuuming up all of that pesky drywall dust which had covered everything in the house. The painter is finally able to start priming the walls and painting the ceilings. I can’t wait to see the house all cleaned up, primed and ready for some colour!

Here are a few more interior photos of the dry walled walls prior to the mudding and sanding:

 

the future dining room

the future dining room

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TAKING SHAPE

House moving day!

House moving day!

Just over a year ago, we moved this house across snowy fields to it’s new location and then waited many months to dig a basement and foundation. Next, the not so fun job of removing all of the home’s plaster walls and ceilings, old (and disgusting) insulation, layers of flooring and the original venting, pipes and electrical began. After all of that work, it was time to start rebuilding the inside of the home.

The part of putting the house back together that I’ve really been waiting for is finally upon us – the drywall. I never thought I could get so excited about drywall, but I am.

Taking shape with drywall

Taking shape with drywall

Drywall is starting to go up

Drywall is starting to go up

It took some time to get everything properly framed and insulated and get the electrician and the plumber in to do their magic before the drywall could go on. Because we are drywalling our basement ceiling as well, we needed to make sure that anything and everything that had to be up in the basement ceiling – any wiring, plumbing, heating and cooling, central vac, etc. was in correctly (and approved by the building inspector) before it can be covered. So we can finally breath a sigh of relief as the crew have started to put up the drywall which really makes the house start to take shape. The original frame of the house built in 1965 will once again be covered up and provide a sturdy shell for our home. Next on the agenda, painting!

FALL PROGRESS REPORT

The roof is on!

The roof is on!

The last few weeks of summer flew by as they always do and then the craziness of September began with back to school and a new job so I haven’t been keeping up with the blog. But with all that will be happening at the house in the next while, I will be sure to keep the updates coming and do some more  more vintage inspired home décor posts.

It will be a while yet until we can start doing what I consider the fun part – painting, decorating and finding the perfect place for all of my vintage finds but there has been some noticeable progress in the last few weeks.

As you can see above, the exterior of the house looks quite a bit different with the chip board and Tyvec applied, roof completed, most of the windows installed and the siding completed on one end. After countless loads of fill the grading of the yard is looking good and our electrician has been busy hooking up the electric panel and installing lights like the pot lights you can see under the front overhang. The house is really starting to come together which makes me very happy.

The windows are almost all installed.

The windows are almost all installed.

The siding is done on one end - the colour is Ironstone, a nice dark grey.

The siding is done on one end – the colour is Ironstone, a nice dark grey.

I am hoping that we have a milder fall and winter holds off until December but as in past years, wintery cold and snow could come sooner than we want. So before the house is ready for winter weather there is still a long list of to-do’s. We need to complete the siding and stone on the front of the house, finish installing the windows, soffit, facia, eaves troughs, install the exterior and garage doors, finish the garage floor in preparation for pouring concrete and pour the front concrete porch. We should be able to get all of that done without a problem in a day or two right? Okay, it may take longer than a few days to complete this list but I know with all of the great workers we’ve got, it will get done.

COOL RETRO POOLS

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Ahh, there is nothing like a nice refreshing dip in a pool to cool you off on a hot summer’s day. We will be nowhere near ready to install a pool in our yard this fall – but a girl can dream right? We have discussed having a pool in our backyard one day so it can’t hurt to get some ideas.

I have flipped through my vintage home magazines and found a few fun pool landscapes that have inspired me to think about the style of pool we might like.

 

Mid century backyard pool

Mid century backyard pool

I love how this pool is right outside the home – an extension of the deck with the grass and greenery just beyond. These ladies seem to be enjoying the space.

The kidney shaped pool

The kidney shaped pool

I would love a kidney shaped pool like this with lots of deck space. Check out that aqua butterfly chair on the left.

vintage fiberglass pool ad

vintage fiberglass pool ad

And here is a mid century ad for fiberglass swimming pools. A modest and simple oval shaped pool is fenced in with a mix of iron rails and decorative stone walls, a lovely combination. Add some vintage metal furniture along the fence and you have a sweet enclosed pool area.

Maybe by next summer we’ll be ready to install a lovely pool like one of the above. And then, what does every retro inspired pool area need? A retro inspired tiki bar of course!