RetroRenovation featured in the Times

Our fellow home restoration friend in the blogosphere, Pam Kueber, received a great plug in the New York Times Home & Garden section. Read all about it! Great job Pam and congratulations!

More wallpaper discoveries!

Chris up in Portland, Oregon sent us these wonderful photos from a neighbor’s house.  While in the process of just removing some old layers of paper they were pleasantly surprised with the fascinating variety of patterns they found.  The two most prominent being a c. 1950 Japanese-themed paper with pagodas, pines and lotus blossoms, (from [...]

It’s Howdy Doody Time!

The Howdy Doody Show reigned as one of the first and most popular of all children’s television shows from its debut on December 17, 1947 until its final episode in 1960. Early on the producers of the program realized the incredible merchandising potential they had in Buffalo Bob and his cheerful red-haired puppet. In 1949 [...]

Cowboys and the Old West in wallpaper

Yup, why these here examples illustrate some of the most common “themed” papers printed during the mid-century look back at our historic past: wallpapers with cowboy and western motifs. Maybe it was a product of Cold War angst, (and the thought of building a bomb shelter in your backyard), I don’t know… but as designers and [...]

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