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I have a soft spot in my heart for colorful retro kitchens. Beyond the aesthetic appeal, it makes me nostalgic for our first house we moved into as newlyweds. It was built in the late 1950s and everything was original to the house. The bathrooms were never updated and the kitchen wasn’t either. But I was okay with that because they had absolutely pristine white powder-coated metal cabinets manufactured by a company called Youngstown (see an interesting history here of industrial steel kitchen cabinetry). We painted the walls yellow and it all felt very fresh and retro. It was where my blog began, in fact!

The retro kitchen trend is probably best known for its style and color appeal along with some personality-laden details. Here are a few favorites to get your ideas flowing.

This all white kitchen is brought to life with the red floral hardware, a more colorful spin on the traditional checkerboard floor, scalloped vent hood, and vintage-inspired modern appliances. Design by Alison Kandler.

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European brand Smeg is maybe best known in the US for their line of refrigerators, providing major vintage style appeal in a wide spectrum of hues. But, they’re maybe not the most practical as their European size is substantially smaller than what most Americans are used to. I like how Joy Cho of Oh Joy integrated this mint one into her studio kitchenette.

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A pretty pink option (notice how everything else is kept pretty simple, allowing the color to pop).

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In this kitchen below, the vintage theme is carried through with other accents such as the pastel dishes and glasses, bread box, and icy blue refrigerator.

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Sugar & Cloth brings color to an all-white kitchen through the retro fridge as well as a few other appliances.

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I love the Rocketeer feel of these stand mixers, also by Smeg. I caught a glimpse of one of their toasters over in our local West Elm and these are a great way to get the look without doing a total kitchen remodel. Dualit also offers a classic line of small appliances (this toaster has been on my must-have list for awhile).

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A moody retro-inspired black kitchen is kept interesting and not too serious with the addition of a little aqua and cream.

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Two great classic kitchens above and below (via BHG) with great monochromatic texture and style.

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Elsie Larson’s kitchen tour at A Beautiful Mess features loads of vintage details. A colorful KitchenAid stand mixer is a classic appliance that can add a pop of unexpected color.

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This beachy kitchen is chock full of vintage details, including the enameled vent hood and matching toaster oven in the corner. I’m also really intrigued by the French door refrigerator as I haven’t seen this particular option in the US before. (Via House of Turquoise)576233d0b0f39c5b56d8aa27da00a429

I love seeing modern interpretations of classic designs. This kitchen (via Big Chill) has the pastel retro colorscheme, but it’s softened and modernized.

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A few tips on sources to help you get the look: so many manufacturers are bringing back the retro style (but with modern guts). A recent perusal of a few local kitchen showrooms locally turned up some pretty awesome options. Smeg is probably the best known in the US for their colorful refrigerators, but Big Chill is another company that offers everything from small appliances up to the major items like fridges, washers, dryers, and stoves. US retailer GE’s Artistry Series is fun (although only in black and white) but also a little more subdued overall to fit a more mainstream audience.

Happy shopping! Share in the comments your favorite vintage appliances!


If you’re a Mad Men fanatic like myself, then you still haven’t come to terms with the show’s sign-off in May. After religiously watching the show for several years, I quickly became fascinated over the costumes. Lucky for me, right now ’60s inspired clothing is one of the hottest trends in women’s fashion.

 

In celebration of the season finale, I’ve put together four retro looks inspired by Mad Men’s leading women.

 

1. Peggy Olson

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Peggy is first and foremost a business woman, and her wardrobe matches her go-getter personality. Her dress is modest, functional and practical. Think textured fabrics like gingham, tweed, wool and plaid, and warm colors like mustard, orange, red and brown.

 

Get Peggy’s Look:

1. ’70s Belted Duster Coat – Topshop

2. Large Scale Checked Shirt – Topshop

3. Etched Medallion Pendant Necklace – Urban Outfitters

4. Floppy Brim Fedora – Rag & Bone

5. ‘Baker’ Leather Strap Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs

6. T-Logo Huggie Hoop Earrings – Tory Burch

7. Debutante Perforated Hobo Messenger – Henri Bendel

8. Miranda Nile Crocodile Continental Wallet – Michael Kors

9. Orange High Waist Straight Wide Leg Palazzo Pants – Moda Wardrobe

10. Mr. Seymour Women’s Toe Cap Oxford – EKOCYCLE

 

2. Joan Holloway

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Everything about Joan screams va-va-voom. Her signature style features figure-flattering garments like Bodycon dresses and wrap tops that perfectly complement her hourglass silhouette. Rich jewel tones such as emerald, ruby and sapphire look absolutely stunning against her fair skin.

 

Get Joan’s Look:

1. Gramercy Mini – Kate Spade

2. Weekly Write-Up Dress In Navy – ModCloth

3. Horseman Print Scarf – Hermes Vintage

4. Pebble Grain Willa Zip Satchel – Dooney & Bourke

5. Red Stone Gold-Tone Clip-On Earrings – Monet

6. Tassel Lariat Necklace – Vince Camuto

7. Toerless Muse Suede Triple-Strap Pumps – Christian Louboutin

 

3. Megan Calvet

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Everything about Megan is new, young and exciting. As an aspiring actress waiting to be “discovered,” Megan is always eager to sport the latest trend. Groovy, colorful and bold pieces match her lively personality. Her wardrobe consists of psychedelic prints, monochrome ensembles, statement jewelry and mini shift dresses.

 

Get Megan’s Look:

1. Alexa High Collar Shift Dress – Lilly Pulitzer

2. Straw Hat – H & M

3. Gazebo Chandelier Earrings – Lele Sadoughi

4. Tassel Pearl Bangle – Topshop

5. Twist Wrap Arm Cuff – Topshop

6. Semi Precious Cuff – Topshop

7. Brushed Bangle Pack – Topshop

8. Bel Aire Sunglasses in Pearl White – Wildfox

9. Huey Mule Sandals – Topshop

10. Small Soho Canvas Top Handle Bag – Gucci

 

Betty Draper 

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Betty is the lady your mom always wanted you to be. She’s the perfect hostess and housewife. Her style is feminine, delicate and appropriate — think Grace Kelly. Betty’s makeup consists of subtle, cool tones paired with a bold lip. Her go-to garments are consistently composed of neutrals, soft creams, floral prints and baby blues.

 

Get Betty’s Look:

1. Mint Green Floral Print Sleeveless Shirt – New Look

2. Pearled Dandelion Drops – Elizabeth Cole

3. Pearl Necklace – Tiffany & Co.

4. Emerson Place Phoebe  - Kate Spade

5. Meet Me At Coral Island Ultimate Nail Lacquer – CATRICE

6. Vegas Volt Lipstick – M.A.C.

7. Redd Lip Pencil – M.A.C.

8. Kiersten Sunglasses in Camel Tortoise – Kate Spade

9. Pigalle Follies Patent-Leather Pumps in Nude – Christian Louboutin

10. Big Star Luna High-Rise Short in Tribe – Big Star

 

Craving more Mad Men style? Check out these retro-inspired rooms to get your mid-century modern decor fix.


The living room above is such a charmer. Its design is rooted in mid-century classics and is done in a retro color palette, but it still feels fun and livable for today. If you’re a fan, you can get a similar look with the items below!

  1. Rialto Curtains
  2. BILD Poster
  3. Saarinen Executive Chair with Tubular Legs
  4. Clare Loveseat
  5. Front Row Carpet Tiles
  6. Monroe Peacock Pillow
  7. Larch Square Pillow
  8. Danish Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


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