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July 20, 2010

Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Renee From Crash Pad Designs

Today’s post is from Renee at  Crash Pad Designs, a cool retro shop that offers some fantastic linens, textiles and homegoods. Renee was nice enough to answer some questions about her designs and her obsession with vintage, and send us some great pics.  Enjoy! 

Q: How did you get started designing? 

A: I used to be a kindergarten teacher, so I  have always been crafty. For years I’ve made different things and done craft shows for fun, but I  have always wanted to be creative full time, and that has evolved into my textile design business
  Q: What designs/products do you offer?   


A: I design  earth friendly  retro textiles, and make lampshades,tea towels, dinner napkins, pillows and cocktail napkins. I will be adding wallpaper soon.  


Q:What was your inspiration for your line of retro textiles?
A: I was inspired by my obsession for everything mid century, finding my perfect house that came with my perfect(not really,it needs work) 1963 yellow & white Philco electric stove, but  mostly by my frustration with the cookie cutter options I found when I tried to decorate my new home. All I wanted was to fill my house with things that would make me smile. When I couldn’t find those things , I started making them myself.

Q: Which design is your favorite?
A: Right now homer is my favorite, but that always changes.

Q: Do you have any vintage or retro collections?
A: Of course!  I told you,  I’m obsessed.  My favorite and the biggest  is the one I share with my Beau,  it’s our colored plastic  radio collection. I also have a 50’s lamp collection and  lots of mid century barkcloth,oh and  rotary phones. 
Q: Have you always loved retro/vintage?  
A: Pretty much.  It all started in high school,  with vintage clothes.
Q: Describe your house right now. 
A: Cozy
Q: What is your favorite retro/vintage possession? What is the story behind how you came to own it?
A: I have to say it’s my Philco stove.  After searching for a house for two years and seeing over 150 houses I was discouraged and afraid that my dream house didn’t exist. I walked into a house I wasn’t very enthusiastic about and, as silly as it sounds my life changed. We had to enter through the kitchen,and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Yellow and gray plastic tiled walls, immaculate white metal cabinets, a yellow double sink and my stove. Unfortunately, it wasn’t smooth sailing from there,we made an offer that was not accepted and  had to walk away from my dream house. I had never been more dissappointed. Miracously seven months later my house was still waiting for me. I guess not everone was crazy about those yellow and gray plastic tiles. We made another offer and now it’s five years later. That first day in my kitchen, looking at that stove, I knew I was where I belonged. 
Check out Renee’s awesome stuff at Crash Pad Designs!

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8 Responses to Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Renee From Crash Pad Designs

  1. Annie B. Reply

    July 20, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Those are some eye-popping designs, Renee! What talent, girl!

    Your radio collection brings tears to my eyes. I adore vintage electronics. Would love a pic of your rotary phone collection.

  2. crash pad girl Reply

    July 20, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Thanks, Annie
    The phone collection is not as impressive as the radios, yet. But I’m working on it.

  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    July 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Wow! What a great radio collection! I wish we could see photos of your lamp collection too!

    I can’t wait to see your wallpaper designs. I love all your fabric and shades! Is it hard to get your designs converted into wallpaper?

    Gosh, your house hunting story sounds exactly like mine. My husband and I have been searching and searching and searching for the past 2 years for a time capsule type of house as well. We just found a house that is a real possibility, but is out of our price range. Really, the house is listed for more than it should be – esp. in this market. So, your story gives me hope that maybe a few months down the road we can get it for the right price. *Fingers Crossed*

  4. crash pad girl Reply

    July 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks Sara

    The wallpaper thing is a bit of a challenge, because I want earth friendly paper. Luckily I’ve almost got it all figured out. Sorry to hear about your house hunting horrors,I truly understand.
    Just dont give up, your time capsule is out there.
    I’m crossing my fingers for you.

  5. Sara in AZ Reply

    July 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks Renee! 🙂

  6. sablemable Reply

    July 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    OMG, Renee! I must get some of those lovely tea towels for my nifty-Fifties home!

    I like the old rotary telephones, too. They have a nice ring to them!

  7. crash pad girl Reply

    July 20, 2010 at 8:42 pm


    Rotary phones are so fun, and you’re right about the ring. I’ll take that ring over a ringtone, anyday

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