Thursday, June 30, 2011

Heritage Homes of Petaluma, Part II

Today, I am showing you the remaining houses from the Petaluma home tour. The first home is on Sixth Street. It was called the rainbow house in the brochure, and described as a Queen Anne/Stick style with an Eastlake entrance. It was built in 1886:

A Queen Anne cottage on Kentucky Street, built around 1875:

Kentucky Street again, here, designed by Brainerd Jones and built in 1900:

This one on I Street is described as a stucco bungalow with Mediterranean characteristics, built in 1927:

Originally the First Congregational Church and now (well, in 1988, at least) the Evangelical Free Church, this was designed by Harold Gregg, and built in 1901:

Hope you enjoyed this little "tour" - we certainly enjoyed ours back then!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Vera For Burlington House

I found one more neat vintage Vera Neumann advertisement the other day in one of my magazines.
Burlington House For Bedspreads by Vera:

That's it - I just like to share my little Vera discoveries with you.
Because I think they're special.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Heritage Homes Of Petaluma 1988, Part I

Before I was married, Tina and I used to go on vacation together almost every year. We loved going over to the coast and to the wine country area. Petaluma was one of our favorite haunts, and in 1988 we were able to be there during the weekend of the Heritage Home Tour. I came across my tour brochure recently, and I also found the photos I took of the homes on the tour. We both LOVE old houses, and we were delighted to be able to tour all of these wonderful buildings. I'll show you the photo from the brochure and then my own photo or photos below each of them.
This home on Keller Street was described this way: "The spacious two-story Craftsman house is called either Brown Shingle or Western Stick Style"....

This home on D Street was built in 1890 by one Mr. Fairbanks, who in the famous Gold Rush of 1849 had mined the Mormon Mine on the American River (a Gold country connection!. He later became the founder of Petaluma Savings Bank and president of Golden Eagle Flour Mills:

This home on Keller St., described as a "two-story Neo-Classic Georgian Revival or a Colonial Revival Box", was built in 1902 for Judge John E. Cavanaugh. His father, who settled in Petaluma in 1857, founded Cavanaugh Lumber in 1867:

This home on Western Avenue was built in 1886. The brochure has it described this way: "It's Petaluma Vernacular style is a simplified Queen Anne cottage."

The remainder of the homes featured on this 1988 tour will be featured in Part II, coming up on Thursday.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Cut A Colorful Rug - Vintage Style

As you probably know, I draw a lot of inspiration from perusing my collection of vintage magazines. Today, I wanted to share an assortment of colorful rugs I found in some of the interiors.

Lots of colorful inspiration, right?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Few More Of My Finds

More of my recent finds - a Lefton salt and pepper set, and a beautiful example of multi-media (decoupage and paint) artwork:

Small Avon jars, another set of "lacquerware" napkin holders, pretty cloth napkins, daffodils, a tile trivet and a brown Pyrex lid:
A brightly colored scarf/sash:

Two nice pairs of pillow cases with yellow roses and a frame:

A Disney "Babes In Toyland" book (I already have this one, but it was cheap, so who cares?)
And only a couple of vintage Christmas finds, but I just love this sweet little angel, and I seldom find vintage wrap in the original box. It says on the box that the designs were selected by Raymond Loewy.
These are the three Christmas papers inside:

I'm digging those silver snowflakes and purple stripes.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Daystrom Dinette

The first two pictures, below, are from a 1948 advertisement for Daystrom dinette sets. I love these vintage chrome-legged tables and chairs. (My own set was made by Douglas).

But we also have a Daystrom set, seen below in this photo that was taken in our sunroom in 1978 (that's my oldest stepson in the photo). I don't actually know what year this set was manufactured, nor when my in-laws purchased it, but would guess that it was used in that room for possibly close to 40 years.
I found the assembly instructions for the chairs (and also the table) recently - in the basement:
The legs of our table are different than the ones on this table (from the Atomic Living blog) :
I managed to find a few other images on the web of similar sets:

Sorry I wasn't able to post a current photo of our set - we aren't using it right now. I wish the top had a different finish, and I'd love to get the chairs recovered in a period-appropriate vinyl - something with an atomic feel, you know?
But it's still pretty cool.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Jane Wyman

I found some Jane Wyman advertisements in my old magazines. This one was for Lustre-Creme Shampoo, 1952:
And one for furniture - hmm, Early American - one of the few styles I actually dislike - although this set really isn't too bad; it doesn't have a lot of detailing:
She was a wonderful and talented actress, and also Ronald Reagan's first wife. But although I have seen a number of her old movies, I remember her best from Falcon Crest on TV.
Did you watch Falcon Crest?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Special Treat From A Favorite Place

One of our favorite candies in this house are the Pine Nut Rolls from Nelson's Columbia Candy Kitchen in Columbia, California.
When I was in Columbia the other day, I made it a point to take some photos at the shop. They also have fabulous fudge:
And lollipops:
Sugar free candies:
And all sorts of other wonderful treats!

I didn't buy any candy that day. The picture below was taken when my husband came home with some of our favorite kind a few weeks ago:

They're a very special treat. We don't buy them very often, and when we do, we try to make them last as long as possible. They have this yummy vanilla creamy filling on the inside, coated with chocolate and rolled in pine nuts. I wish I knew how to replicate the recipe.
They are, simply put, an absolutely exquisite confection.