No way does the front yard of this 1950s home feel outdated. Landscape designers gave it a simple, contemporary look with low-maintenance plants that thrive in the California climate, gravel and edgy touches like concrete walls and walkways.
Bright colors like orange and lime add energy and enliven this home office from designer Lori Dennis. A reclaimed desk from the '50s was painted in a car body shop to make it like new while a multicolored abstract painting with bold graphics creates a strong visual focal point.
Belonging to one of the owner's grandfathers, the kitchen on this 1950s home had a small kitchen that was awkwardly configured and separated from the rest of the house, so designers from America's Most Desperate Kitchens removed the walls closing the space in and replaced the outdated design with an elegant, sophisticated one.
This 1950s home in San Luis Obispo, California needed a full landscape renovation. Now, low-maintenance plants, gravel and unique touches like offset concrete walls make it feel fresh and thoroughly contemporary.
Limestone waterfall-style countertops frame custom mahogany cabinetry in the sleek, modern kitchen. The tongue-and-groove ceiling is original to the 1950s midcentury home but given a fresh coat of white paint and lit with track lighting.
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, creative layout and design helped create a floor plan for this 1950s ranch home that is functionally unified but with visually delineated areas. Integrating the bench seat with the kitchen island helped define the new dining space.
For the master bedroom of this remodeled 1950s adobe home, designers removed the 80s tile that surrounded the fireplace and scaled it down in size, more in keeping with what homes of that era might have. White-painted floors and ceiling are a charming, farmhouse touch.
Did you know that Dallas, Texas—home to HGTV Smart Home 2019—is also birthplace of Liquid Paper? Dallas bank secretary Bette Nesmith Graham came up with the multimillion-dollar solution in the 1950s, after growing frustrated trying to erase mistakes made on the modern electric typewriters.
More than 20 interior designers collaborated to turn this dated 1950s Colonial estate into a decked-out showhouse in Washington, D.C.’s Spring Lake neighborhood. The traditional brick home is accented by crisp white columns and trim and black shutters.
Translucent smoked glass sliding doors close to create privacy while still filtering light into this space off the main living area. The room's primary purpose is as a home office, though it is easily transformed into a guest room by rolling the coffee table to the side and opening the sofa bed. The 1950s vintage book case came from an aviation school.
To avoid a messy demolition, a floating cork floor was installed directly on top of the existing tile. When updating bathrooms, designers stress the importance of choosing materials which fit the era and architecture. Cork was a popular material used in the 1950s, the decade in which the property was built. Should the home be put on the market, the historically accurate materials will help with resale.