I don’t know about you, but I’m crazy about two things: the color pink and antiques.
So when I saw this stunning, all-original, 1950s kitschy kitchen, I immediately fell in love!
According to the homeowner, the house was built in 1956 — but was never lived in until he came along in 2010! When he moved in, the twinkly appliances — state of the art during their time — had never been used, and their original manuals were still taped to their sides! Why was the house never occupied? That’s still a complete mystery!
Today, the powder pink counters and appliances might turn many off — but did you know that the color pink played a very important role in the 1950s?
What do you think? Do you like the bubbly pink, or is it a little too much?
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The color pink actually had a deeper meaning for people living in the 1950s.
Inspired by the favorite color of First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, pink was an exceptionally popular color for kitchens and bathrooms in the 1950s. Mamie loved the color so much, even her cotton balls were pink!
Dubbed “Mamie pink,” the color soon became a national symbol for the joy felt at the close of WWII and the remaking of the American household.
Mamie, so refined in her lovely shades of pink, became the ideal model for an American housewife. “Ike runs the country. I turn the pork chops,” she once famously said.
Mamie was ladylike and down-to-earth. She loved Lawrence Welk. She wore noisy charm bracelets. She played Scrabble and watched soap operas and served TV dinners!
Because of her, pink was suddenly a symbol of class, refinery, and patriotism.
Contrary to our modern perspective, pink was not seen as a “girly” or “feminine” color. Housewives dreamed of homes slathered in pink.
It’s estimated that over five million households featured a pink kitchen or bathroom — or both!
It’s rumored that Mamie always carried around paint swatches of pink, green, and cream. Throughout all of her military moves, even into the White House, Mamie used these swatches to make her house a home. She got to painting and decorating right away.
The presidential headquarters was so pink, the White House was actually dubbed the “Pink Palace.”
so pink, the White House was actually dubbed the “Pink Palace.
With pink appliances in such high demand, this kitchen must have been quite the dream!
It’s like a time capsule of the 1950s. The appliances still have the original manuals.
And though the appliances might seem a little dated, I wonder if they still might work!
With a top-loading dishwasher like this and the original detergent, a person might feel like he or she has stepped back into another time.
That’s why this kitchen is so special! It’s a little piece of American history that we can enjoy for a long time.
If you enjoyed this retro kitchen, just wait until you see the inside of THIS house, also left untouched since the 1950s!
From the metallic wallpaper to the colorful carpeting, to the modern baroque prints, this home’s classic decor has remained unchanged for about 72 years!
The home is owned by a delightful 96-year-old Toronto woman. She decorated the home herself during the 1950s and ’60s, so her charming home is a little slice of history.
The rooms are dressed in the homeowner’s favorite colors: pink, purple, seafoam green, and aqua.
Her kitchen went through a major overhaul in 1965. But the oven, still in perfect working condition to this day, is a Moffatt 1950s original!
Her “Mamie pink” breakfast nook looks like a sweet little spot for a cup of coffee. Her wrought iron table and benches are classics of the time.
With its bold gemstone purple carpeting, lilac walls, and a fuchsia settee, the master bedroom is like something out of Versailles!
The homeowner’s daughter remembers how her mother’s style wasn’t complete without the color pink. I told you, the 1950s loved this color!
The bubblegum pink and matte gold accents complement each other perfectly.
A fully equipped laundry room was quite the luxury in its day! A microwave and fridge were later added, for those night owls in the basement.
In the 1950s and ’60s, the basement was the family staple of any home. Since they were typically used for adult entertainment, this is where you’ll find the wet bar, card table, and folding chairs.
No home would be complete without its tidy yard. Note the retro swan planters and perfectly green Astroturf.
Looking at the outside, would you ever believe that such a delightful time capsule existed within? I was shocked.
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