This retro-style lounge area offers plenty of seating for entertaining. Wood paneling extends up the walls and covers the ceiling and features a contemporary light pendant. Brown leather arm chairs are paired with a large sectional couch which boasts a funky colorful pattern.
My grandmother's hutch has been (like so many objects in my home) chalk-painted and given new life as a cocktail station in my dining room. Some of her collection of retro barware is also prominently displayed, and I think she would be pleased that her beloved objects are still being put to good use. The black crow silhouette to the left of the cocktail station is a metal cut-out by Atlanta artist Matt Haffner and the print to the right is by the film director David Lynch.
The eclectic game room layers on the texture for a plush vintage vibe. An animal skin rug is layered on top of a sisal and patterned rug and the fur ottoman and balloon chair amp up the cozy feel of a room you just want to hang out in.
A curved soffit defines the full-service wet bar in this basement game room. A poker table fills out a nearby corner, and vintage pieces like an old-fashioned wall phone add whimsy throughout the space.
Retro DIY Kitchen with Low-Budget Vintage Lighting
Being thrifty also can help you find fixtures with a history. DIY blogger Dena Stormer snapped up this ceramic light fixture, from a Luby’s cafeteria, for just $40 at a flea market in Texas. All it needed was a gloss white paint to freshen it up. She made the calendar/diner sign and crafted curtains using vintage chintz fabric.
There is no question this Boston penthouse's powder room salutes the eye-popping styles of the 1960s, with its large-patterned, floral wallpaper in yellow and brown. Yet, the white pedestal lavatory, lighted mirror and cone-shaped wall sconces present the look of today. All in all, it's a wonderfully designed room!
Large Kitchen Island with Seating for Four Replaces Formal Dining Room
This kitchen redesign, as featured on America's Most Desperate Kitchen, features new, ceiling height cabinets and a large kitchen island. The island is four feet deep, leaving plenty of space for storage, and twelve feel deep, adding an informal dining space which removed the need for a formal dining room, so designers incorporated the former dining room space into the kitchen to make it larger and more functional.
A retro wet bar with cosmic accents sits outside the entry to a Star Trek-themed pinball arcade, turning this finished basement into a fun party spot. A curved soffit mirrors the lines of the curved, quartz-topped bar.
In small spaces, keeping some furniture pieces up off the floor can go a long way to making a room appear larger. This retro bubble chair brings the fun AND helps make this bedroom feel a tad more spacious. The round shape of the chair and side table are a nice counterpoint to the all the squares found throughout the room.
A series of vintage portraits define one of the five bedrooms in Smithfield Cottage where each room has its own unique sensibility.
Neutral Dining Room With Wood Slat Ceiling
A brass and glass Lindsey Adelman chandelier is the crowning achievement in this stunning dining room that also includes a striped fabric wall covering, green mohair chairs and a gorgeous custom dining table by FLO Design Studio. The walnut wood slat ceiling was engineered to hide every nail used.
Stainless Steel Appliances Add Sleek Look in Retro Kitchen
To create a polished look in this remodeled kitchen, designers added a stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher and sink. A stainless steel range hood is suspended just above the center of the kitchen island, its geometric design complementing that of the hexagonal tiles. On the back wall above the sink, open shelving creates functional, convenient storage for easy access to dishes.
Shirock's Los Angeles home is full of earthy browns and organic natural elements like dried flowers and macrame that give the space a very Seventies feel.
"I've always spent a lot of time outdoors and prefer the natural to the artificial," says Shirock. "I'm also a big fan of the Seventies, probably my favorite decade," she admits.
Floating shelves store bar supplies in this finished basement that's built for entertaining. A curved soffit mirrors the lines of the red quartz countertop, both custom touches that add interest and maximize space.
Pantry Created from Closet in Contemporary Kitchen
As seen on HGTV's America's Most Desperate Kitchens, a closet at the opposite end of the kitchen was converted into a pantry and is concealed by a custom barn door. The sink remains in the same place, but it the old, lackluster sink was replaced with a stainless steel apron front sink with a brushed finished. All the appliances in the space, including the sink, were upgraded to pro-level appliances, creating a chef's kitchen out of an outdated, cramped space.