Retro-style Home Accessories

Posted by Lucy Stone | Sep 07, 2009
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Retro-Style Home Accessories

From kitchen appliances to wall hangings, people are glamming-up their homes with retro, 1950's kitsch-style dcor. 1950's introduced new cultural phenomena to the USA - everything from television to politics influenced home dcor. It was an era of modernization and mechanization. The resurgence of Rockabilly music and culture has brought this style back to the fore. A little bit of 1950's kitsch can give your home a sense of humor and a mod edge. Check out these throw-back home dcor accessories. They're retro style, and made for today's houses.

Black Kitsch Baroque Photo Frame

This ornately molded baroque picture frame attracts all eyes to your most stylish images. We picture it on the bedside table of a 1950's movie star. Made of black hand-cast resin, it features an A-frame stand in back, a hook for wall hanging, and a rectangular 3-3/4" x 5-1/2" window in front. It is also offered in mod Pink, Red, or Silver. Available at

Hamilton 14200 Retro Style Iron

This retro metal iron is updated with modern features like automatic shutoff, powerful steam, and a nonstick soleplate. Finished in bright chrome, this iron also has a vertical steam option for hanging garments with both spray and blast modes for those extra stubborn wrinkles. Though it looks like your Grandma's iron, it weighs about ten pounds less.

Modern Tiered Fiberglass Lampshades

These fiberglass lampshades come in many styles including retro-modern, 1950s, Eames, atomic, Danish Modern, mid-century/modern, tiki, vintage western, googie or biomorphic, and contemporary decor. This one featured in a classic three-tiered lampshade from the 1940s and 1950s, also known as a "triple decker". The three-tier fiberglass lampshades are a classic fifties design, and make for dramatic pendant light fixtures. Available at

Decorette Wall Decals

These Retro Pop Flower decals brighten up your rooms instantly with a modern and slightly retro design. Offered in over 15 colors with a matte finish, you can simply peel and stick these high-quality vinyl decals to transform a room instantly. Each pack includes 2 large and 2 small pop flowers, 1 tall flower stalk, 1 large swirl and 2 small swirls. Available at Decorette on

Equivalents Hook

Perfect for hand towels and aprons, this Fifties-style hook is hand cast in lead-free pewter and is engraved with baking equivalents, like 16-ounces equals 1 pound. Complete with mounting hardware, it's the handiest hook you could have in the kitchen. If June Cleaver didn't have one hanging in her kitchen, she should have! Available at

1950s Fabric Pillows

These retro pillows add an instant splash of mid-century modern to any room. Made of vintage-style barkcloth with hypoallergenic poly fiberfill, these 12-inch square pillows come in a variety of colors including red, green, brown and grey to match any decorating scheme. Available at:

Trailer Park Trash Light Switch Cover

1950s pulp fiction meets wall dcor. These decorative light switch and outlet covers are nice, inexpensive way to make give you home or office some rockabilly-flare. Hand crafted and complete with installation screws, these plastic covers fit over standard light and outlet switches. Available from julietew on

Lee Riders Western Pants Porcelain Sign

Bringing life to images from the turn of the century America, this porcelain sign is an authentic replica of an old Lee Riders ad. Add a touch of nostalgia to your home or work place with this sign made of porcelain on heavy steel. Rugged enough for indoor or outdoor use, the pre-drilled holes are lined with brass grommets. Available at

Cowboy Riding Horse Retro Shower Curtain

The 1950s brought us a definitive genre of cowboy movies and television shows. The color and graphic on this cowboy shower curtain prove that even your bathroom can be hip. A little bit of irony can really brighten up your powder room. Available at

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