Remember Tom and Debra, the estate sale junkies? How we love attending sales in houses which whoosh us back in Time? Well, today I get to show you a pretty typical local house not redecorated since the 1970's (or earlier).
In the same family 75 years, its vintage loot was (mostly) removed but still, you'll see why these sales make me all dreamy-eyed and place me in a whole other dimension:
(Check out the bits of turquoise and the orange curtains, also. Wow.)
(The living room!)
And of course, the obligatory basement rumpus room:
We've seen at least 50 such basements, always with cast-off furniture and usually a bar.
This house is for sale and you know? I'd be so tempted to leave it just as it is. No, really. I'm serious.
Oh, it's even niftier to find houses not redecorated since the 40's or 50's, but ones like this are still cool.
You're welcome. :)
Why share these photos with you today? Because when this world gets to be too much, I go retro. My vintage magazines and cookbooks get pulled out, swoony music plays on my 1930's replica radio, I put on an apron and sweep the front porch. My whole day goes like that--peace, God and Grace envelope me and it becomes easy to pretend the 2016 world out there went retro (and kind, sweet and happy), too.
This works for me. I come away refreshed, encouraged and smiling and ready to help lift others from their downward spirals.
The main thing? Sometimes people tell us there's only one way (theirs) to recharge our batteries, to again become refreshed, renewed, rejuvenated. You know, like one size fits all and if it doesn't fit you, well, you're weird. Impossible, not spiritual enough. So get with it and blend in.
God made us all differently, in individual shapes, sizes and colors. What matters is that we discover our own right fit so that others will be inspired to discover what keeps them sane and standing while spinning upon today's chaotic planet.
"If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. ..." ... from 2 Corinthians 12
Would you like to view some gorgeous paintings by the artist, Abbott Fuller Graves? Go here.
Wow. Inspiring to the nth degree.
R.I.P. dear Millie Helper.
A.k.a. Ann Morgan Guilbert.
October 16, 1928 - June 14, 2016
To view one of my very, very favorite Millie scenes, go here.