Fixer Upper tackles Mid-century Mod

Confession time. I am addicted to watching HGTV design shows. Yes, I know, I don’t even own a home to decorate, nor could I likely afford most of the items they feature. But for entertaining eye candy and fueling my house of dreams I love it.

One of my favorite shows right now is Fixer Upper. Chip and Joanna Gaines are totally lovable and of course immensely talented. Who doesn’t want to hang out at their farm with their four beautiful kids and the parade of animals Chip is always bringing home?

Now in their third season, this past week, Chip and Joanna showed off some behind the scenes clips and reminisced about their favorite projects. Joanna picked an episode from season 2 where they remodeled a mid-century modern home, which regular viewers of the show will know, is a big departure from the farmhouse chic ascetic that Joanna is known for. Surprisingly one of the episodes I hadn’t seen before, it immediately caught my attention as I love a good mid-century design. I had to go find the full episode to check it out.

Take a look at the amazing transformation. If you want to see for yourself it’s episode 9 of season 2, available on Amazon.

Before exterior


After exterior


Before living room


After living room


Before kitchen


After kitchen and dining





Want some mid-century flair in your home?

I am digging these pieces from Joybird Furniture.

The Hughes Sofa – $1,849

I mean, come on, this is so cool. Bonus: You can customize in 90 colors and three wood stains.


Or this cool glass and solid wood dining  table. Hesse -$1,999




What do you think? Would you go for a mid-century modern look in your home?

By the Sea: Vintage Bathing Suits

Grab your swim cap and towel and let’s go!

Summer is upon us again!  Whether your itinerary includes a beach side vacation or lounging by the pool you’ll need a stylish ensemble.  Check out these fun vintage inspired options for your next adventure.

Girls in swimsuits sip from a water fountain in New York, July 1948.

Check out the retro inspired swimwear from UK company For Luna Swimwear.

I love the pink stripes with navy sash of this swimsuit from Shabby Apple.  Also available in an several other color combinations.

Or if a two piece is more your speed check out this flirty black and white number with oversize bow top.

Unique Vintage has a fun selection of bathing suits and accessories including this adorable nautical inspired one-piece.

And if you want to really have a vintage experience, channel Esther Williams in a floral swim cap.

Finally add a little fun with some retro patterns from ModCloth.

Do you have a favorite?  Any other sites you recommend for vintage swimwear?


National Geographic, April 1930

Atticus! Atticus!

TCM Event Series Presents To Kill a Mockingbird

TCM has been bringing the classics back to the big screen in special one day anniversary presentations.  I was lucky enough to catch Casablanca when it came to theaters a few months back.  There really is something special about seeing these films as they were intended to be seen and experiencing it with a group of other classic movie fans. 

Whether you’ve seen this movie hundreds of times or this will be your first time I highly recommend checking if this is coming to a city near you. 

More details from Fathom Events:

“In honor of the film’s 50th Anniversary, join TCM Weekend Daytime Host Ben Mankiewicz and step behind the scenes to hear stories about what it took to turn Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize Winning novel into a movie and why Gregory Peck felt it was a role he couldn’t pass up. Ben will also share select interviews from the TCM Archives featuring key people involved in the production.
Immediately following these exclusive behind the scenes extras become absorbed in Harper Lee’s famous story of lawyer Atticus Finch as he challenges the social norm and decides to defend a black man who is accused of raping a white woman and the effects that it has on his family.”

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Trailer

Shopping Alert: Vintage Style Accessories

The fabulous and stylish team over at have curated a collection of vintage style accessories.  Prices range from $10 – $500 so there is something for all budgets.

Personally I would take anything from Kate Spade but here is a little preview of some of the fun vintage style options they have for sale.

 Echo Touch-Screen Cheetah Bow Gloves
Elizabeth and James Fairfax Sunglasses
Kate Spade New York Cooper Quilted Strap

Retro Reimagined

A fun trend that’s coming up recently is reimagining retro items into unique pieces of art.  From photography to jewelry these items will bring a splash of retro to your life in a cool, modern and standout way.

Doll Shoe Jewelry 

When I was a kid I would lament losing all those little tiny Barbie shoes but artist Sara Gallo managed to find them and create standout, one of a kind jewelry pieces.   Seriously, check them out.  How fab are they?  I want them all.

From Sara Gallo’s website: “The Doll Shoe Jewelry Series was created for unique and fashionable women. Each piece in the series is entirely handmade from fashion doll shoes in a variety of styles and colors.”

Retro Inspired Paintings

I discovered Lisa Zador, an artist with a thoroughly captivating retro style, through a sale and fell for the quirky fun of her paintings.  Celebrating vintage toys, fancy animal portraits and a touch of creepy fun her art is truly special.

Check out all the great art in her etsy shop:  Curious Portraits

Barbie Photo Prints

Everyone’s favorite doll and fashion icon is the subject of Paul Jordan’s collection of photo prints from Hamburg Kennedy.  From the streets of Europe to a beach in the 1960s, you’ll forget that she’s a plastic doll and get transported on her adventures. 

So what do you all think?  Would you rock doll shoe jewelry or feature some retro inspired art in your house?