An Open Letter to Mid-Century Home Remodelers

Mid-Century Kitchen

Dear Home Remodelers,

Buying a home is exciting. Dreaming about what you will do with the home is all part of the fun. It’s now even more fun with Pinterest. You will notice I have several home decor and DIY boards on my account.

However, I have a request for those looking to buy a home, if you don’t love mid-century homes please don’t buy one. I understand not everyone loves the mid-century design style but many of us do and they are becoming very hard to find.

Vintage Kitchen

The 1940’s home I grew up in. This beautiful home has been totally remodeled and looks like a typical 2000’s home. Click for more photos.

The other day I went to an estate sale with my mom, dad, and cousin, it was in a beautiful mid-century home. It needed a bit of work but overall it was in amazing shape. In the kitchen they had the most amazing pale pink metal cabinets. I’ve heard the new owners are going to remodel, including take out the beautiful cabinets.

50's Kitchen

1950’s home with original pale pink metal cabinets, soon to be remodeled.

This remodel will take a lot of work and will destroy this beautiful piece of art. There are many homes in the same price range in my town that already look more modern or need to be remodeled and no one will mourn their loss.

So I ask those looking to buy new homes, please don’t buy a mid-century home that is still in good shape only to make it look like a modern home. There are a lot of 80’s and 90’s homes that need remodeled, or newer homes already in the style you like, leave the mid-century homes for those of us that will love them.

Sincerely,
Mid-Century Modern Enthusiasts

Update: I’m not talking about people that need to remodel the home due to issues with it or that remodel it and keep the charm. I’m talking about gutting a mid-century home that is in good shape only to make it look like a very typical modern home.

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What are your thoughts about mid-century homes being turned into modern homes?

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A Spring Look from ModCloth

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I’m very excited that spring is on the way. We have been getting an early taste of spring here in Oklahoma. We have had a lot of days with highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s. This kind of weather makes layering very important.

ModCloth is one place I love to shop for good layering pieces. Today I wanted to share one layered look that I’m loving for spring. They have a wonderful selection of cardigans, my favorite layering tool.

I don’t wear jeans terribly often but it’s quite windy at times during spring. Outdoor activities, skirts, and wind don’t mix very well. So you will see me in jeans a bit more during windy spring days. When I do wear jeans I love the high-waisted jeans. High-waisted jeans are very flattering for my curvy figure. And I also love the vintage feel of high-waisted jeans. I normally roll up the legs for a more vintage look.

I’m a fan of cardigans all year but during transitional times of the year they are even more useful. The beautiful aqua cardigan above is a perfect spring color. It’s very flattering for most skin tones, especially my fair, pink-toned skin

White pieces are always useful with layering. They will go with many different sweaters and bottoms. I love this white top over a simple white tank top  for a spring look. It’s simple but still stylish.

And you can never go wrong with a good pair of flats. These blush colored flats are adorable and pair nicely with the rest of the look. A pair of lavender flats would also be great with this look.

Depending on how you style these pieces you could have a classic or vintage feel. I would go for the more vintage look and roll the legs of the jeans, tuck in the shirt, wear my pearls and put my hair in faux victory rolls, or another cute vintage hair style. You could also pair the tops and sweater with a cute skirt for a more dressy look.

spring photo

As you can see from this photo from a date night with my husband this past weekend, I love aqua cardigans. This is a similar cardigan to the one above and for this look I paired it with a lavender shirt from ModCloth (sadly it’s no longer available). I added my great grandmother’s sweater clip to bring a more vintage feel to the look. During the day I wore this with some high-waisted jeans and at night I paired it with a black and white polka dot skirt.

I’d love to see and hear about your favorite looks for transitioning into spring. Also, how is the weather where you are? Share in the comments below. You can also tag me in your photos on Instagram, @retrohousewife05 or share a photo on my Facebook page.

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Real Food on a Budget: Ten Easy Steps to a Better Diet

Ten Easy Steps to a Better Diet

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One of the things people ask me about the most is eating real food on a budget. To help answer some of these questions I will be posting tips each Monday. To start this series off I want to talk about starting to switch to a healthier diet and a bit about how I got started.

While I now eat a mostly organic and real food diet I didn’t always. I did grow up eating a lot of healthy food but as a teen and early in marriage I didn’t always make the best choices. What largely made me want to eat better was my health.

I have fibromyalgia and I was not feeling well at all. I was in a lot of pain and dealing with extreme fatigue. Things had to get better and conventional medicine offers little for people with fibromyalgia. I read that some people had a lot of relief when they removed a lot of the toxic chemicals from their life so I decided it was worth a shot. And the results have been amazing!

The changes I wanted to make would have been overwhelming if I did it all at once so I took it one step at a time. I decided to not worry about organic and just work on removing the worse things I was eating. The ten steps below are some of the first steps I took. They aren’t in any order but they are a great place to start when you want to eat better.

Ten First Steps to a Better Diet-

  1. Eat more produce.
  2. Wash your produce. (I recommend Biokleen Produce Wash or a vinegar based wash)
  3. Avoid artificial dyes.
  4. Avoid high fructose corn syrup.
  5. Avoid fast food.
  6. Start learning to make more food from scratch.
  7. Eat more whole grains.
  8. Avoid nitrates.
  9. Avoid artificial sweeteners.
  10. Eat less sugar.

Several of these steps will also save you money. And they will definitely help improve your overall health. Don’t feel like you have to do all ten at once, pick one or a couple to start with. Before you know it, all of these things will be habits.

If you have questions or tips, share them in the comments below!

Photo- Some rights reserved by snre

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Why You Shouldn’t Make the Bed in the Morning

Why You Shouldn't Make the Bed in the Morning

When you read about keeping your home tidy you like have read to make your bed first thing in the morning. However, is this really a good habit? For keeping your home looking tidy, sure but if you want your home to be clean it’s not a good idea.

At night we sweat and shed skin cells, dust mites love both of these things and really thrive in damp, humid climates. When you get out of bed and make it right away you are trapping a lot of the moisture. Airing out the bed for awhile before making it can help reduce the moisture and reduce the number of dust mites as well.

A study by Kingston University discovered dust bites can’t survive in warm, dry conditions found in unmade beds.

“Something as simple as leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture from the sheets and mattress so the mites will dehydrate and eventually die,” said Researcher Dr Stephen Pretlove.

When I get up in the morning I like to open the blinds, if it’s sunny, and pull the blankets back to the end of the bed and let the bed air out for at least a few hours before making it.

Dust mites are too small to be seen with the naked eye. They are arthropods like spiders. And they may be the cause of your allergy symptoms. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says that about 20 million Americans have dust mite allergy.

While you can’t make your home dust mite proof you can reduce their numbers by doing simple things like letting your bed air out before making it. I will discuss more ways to reduce dust mites in next month’s series on spring cleaning.

Do you make your bed first thing in the morning or do you wait?

 

Photo Credit: keepingtime_ca

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Vintage Inspired Valentine’s Day Look

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. To help you prepare, ModCloth has set up their Sweetheart Shop with some amazing pieces and deals for Valentine’s Day.

In the shop you will find great gift ideas and some great outfits for your Valentine’s Day date. I found a few of my favorite pieces and put together this cute date night outfit.

Valentine's Day Outfit

 

This beautiful dress is made in the USA, the shoes are vegan, and the pair of tights are so cute. Throw on a cute shrug, grab a clutch and you are ready for your date.

Valentine's Day Dress

There are many other great options in the Sweetheart Shop. If you are going on a more casual daytime date this cute made in the USA dress is a great option. I own this dress and I love it! A cardigan and a cute pair of flats makes for a great casual outfit.

Date Night In

Want to stay in for Valentine’s Day? Check out the book Date Night In for some great ideas. It’s also a great gift idea to use for the rest of the year.

I’d love to hear what your favorite items from the shop are and what your plans are for Valentine’s Day. Let me know in the comments below.

Also currently many of the items in the Sweetheart Shop and others are on sale for 20%! They are going quick so be sure to go check it out.

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