Then and Now
Everything old is new again! These design ideas are making a comeback in a big way
NOT YOUR MAMA’S VINYL
Introduced at the 1933 Chicago Century of Progress Exposition, vinyl wasn’t widely available until after World War II, at which time it exploded in popularity as a less expensive and more durable alternative to linoleum.
Somewhere along the way, vinyl gained a reputation of being unattractive and outdated—thanks in large part to the tacky and garish colors and patterns that were popular in the 1960s and 70s before wall-to-wall carpeting took over as the trend of the moment. Asbestos didn’t do this product any favors either.
“People think of vinyl as sheets of peel-and-stick with a lip that would always come up,” notes Amber Buldain of Mesilla Valley Design Center. “Today, the product is sold in tiles and planks and looks and feels just like wood and stone.”
Today’s vinyl flooring is easy to maintain, durable, waterproof, slip resistant, and softer and warmer than real wood or stone. Still want that retro vibe? Try Karndean Designflooring’s black-and-white checked version
Mesilla Valley Design Center 909 W. Amador Ave. mvdesigncenter.com
CLASSIC KITCHEN APPLIANCES
Today we typically think of appliances in one of three colors: white, black, or stainless steel. In the 1950s and 60s, it was all about color—canary yellow, avocado green, pale blue, and a whole lot of petal pink. Hearty, cast iron stoves were built with multiple, window-less doors; more focused on functionality than our voyeuristic tendencies toward knowing how our cake is baking at every single second.
For homeowners that want to add that vintage vibe, or just that extra touch of personality, Frank Mugrauer of Builders Source Appliance Gallery points to the BlueStar appliances that come in an astounding assortment of more than 750 colors. Or, for that old-world look with all the modern amenities, check out the Viking Tuscany series. This classically-styled range is offered in dark blue, stainless steel, graphite black, and antique white.
Builders Source Appliance Gallery 760 W. Palms | builderssource.com
Practicality and utilitarian value have made the farmhouse (also known as apron front) sink a favorite for many decades past. Ideal for washing dishes as well as produce and even small children and pets, these sinks were rural and farm family staples long before design and style were even factors in appliance and plumbing selections.
These days, aesthetics and functionality join together and make these sinks popular options for contemporary, craftsman, and mid-century modern homes. With sleek lines and deep basins, these sinks are friendly on both eyes and ergonomics. Want to meld historical style with modern sensibilities? Look for versions made with modern materials, like copper and stainless steel.
Ferguson | 139 Wyatt Dr. | ferguson.com