Saturday, February 27, 2010

On A Mission To Down- Date My Updated Kitchen With 1940's Kitchen Collectibles

My Updated Kitchen Needs to Be Down Dated: I Am On A Mission

I'm back on a retro red and white mission again. But now, I am going to do some serious kitchen collectible buying. I have made up my mind, my updated kitchen needs to be "down dated". I want the cozy forties feel back in my very own kitchen and I am determined to achieve it.

Help I Need Some Kitchen Collectibles In My Own Kitchen

Many people think that because I wrote a book on kitchen collectibles and because my shop Kitsch n Stuff is loaded with vintage kitchenwares, that I have a kitchen a ad home filled with goodies.

All The Great Kitchen Collectible Goes Into My Shop

NOPE...that is simply not the case. All the great stuff goes into my shop. But NOW, I am going into change that. I already started the process and today I will return to the search o finding great red and white (and some yellow kitchen collectibles.

Red And White Vintage Kitchen Stuff Looks Great With Granite Counters

I discovered just by pure accident that red and white stuff looked sharp in my kitchen that has a creamy yellowish painted wall and black and cream granite counters. Our appliances are all stainless steel (like everyone else who updated).

Warming Up My Kitchen...One Collectible Baby Step At A Time

But I seriously need to take my own advice and warm up my kitchen. You have no idea how many times I have written about warming up a industrial chic kitchen. Well my kitchen is far from industrial, nor chic for that matter....but it does need some more charm.
Today's Kitchen Collectibles Wish List
1. a great vintage bread box (could be red and white...could be stainless)
2. red and white pot holders
3. vintage wooden ring holders
4. great vintage dish towels
5. a big tablecloth to put under the glass of my black table (its round)
6. red and white novelty items
7. large vintage flower pot (red/yell/white)
8. vintage watering can

I thank Becky of Sweet Cottage Dreams for letting me show you her wonderful salt and peeper shakers above. The rest of the photos are from my book, Hot Kitchen Collectibles For Vintage Style Homes.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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  1. Hi Again Diane, I will add you to my link list.:)
    Good luck with your shopping. Such an awful job, but someone has to do it! :)


  2. Oh Liz...I still haven't got out the door yet, Dianne

  3. I think that the thrill of the "hunt" is sometimes the best part of being a "vintage scout!" I will keep my eyes out for your list of things you are searching for. I sometimes come across red and white enamelware bread boxes at antique shops. LOVE the one you have shown above. Thanks again for the shout out!

    Happy day,

  4. Hi Diane! I am going to love your blog. I LOVE vintage everything. I found you through Becky at Sweet Cottage Dreams. I agree with her that the "Hunt" is sometimes the best part!
    I will keep my eyes open for the things on your list.

  5. Hello! I've been reading your blog for while and decided that it's time to come out of hiding. I absolutely love your blog! I just started my vintage blog because I just really needed an outlet to share my thrifting and yardsaling treasures! I am also having to "downgrade" my kitchen because it was remodeled before we got the house. I'm really trying to make my 40's/50's kitch style fit. Good luck to you! And have fun "hunting"

  6. I agree with you! My house is 97 years old, so some of the elements in my kitchen have that vintage appeal. I also have stainless appliances and granite countertops but have found that by adding more vintage touches, it warms everything up and keeps it from looking cold and industrial.

    Susan and Bentley

  7. Diane, I AM surprised that your kitchen isn't filled to the brim with vintage treasures! But at least you have the option of pulling things from your shop and bringing them home. Your kitchen could have an ever-changing display!
    Happy Sunday!

  8. Hi, Diane, I'm Holly and I came here by Karen's (Heartfelt living) recommendation! Love your blog- I'll be back! ♥

  9. Oh this great I love your blog, hey I can come sit in your kitchen, I am 40's collectable, lol
    This has been fun to visit, and going to add you to my favorited blogs.
    Hugs Barbara