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October 3, 2012

This Week In The News – Froggy Embroidery and Your Excellent Advice For Lydia’s Living Room

By RetroRuth

It’s been a slow week here, but that just means there is more time for projects!

What We’ve Been Doing Besides Writing This Blog

I’ve been a bit under the weather this week, so I’ve been laying around the old bed.  Luckily, I dug up an old embroidery project that I hadn’t finished and I’ve been making some progress on that.


It’s been a lot of fun, since I really haven’t embroidered in a while. When this is finished it is going to be a baby blanket for my new niece!

Instagram Photo of the Week


My grandparents, Art and Edna. I am lucky enough to have a copy of their wedding photograph.

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Pins of the Week

Here just a small portion of what you missed if you don’t follow us on Pinterest!

Carlo Mollino, Armchair for Casa Minola, 1946.

Source: arttattler.com via No Pattern Required on Pinterest

Alcoa (the Aluminum Company of America) House 1955

Source: midcenturia.com via No Pattern Required on Pinterest


Christmas Card by Charley Harper, 1952 For The Schaible Company

Source: blog.buchino.net via No Pattern Required on Pinterest


“Someday, maybe sooner than you think, you will be busy fitting out your rocket for week-end trips into space.” ~ D.J. Peterson Company, 1962

Source: questionableadvice.tumblr.com via No Pattern Required on Pinterest


Balenciaga 1962

Source: cristobalbalenciagamuseoa.com via No Pattern Required on Pinterest


Christmas and New Years * Fly BEA (1951)

Source: orange.s48.xrea.com via No Pattern Required on Pinterest


Madame Carven’s first design from 1945

Source: theschereport.files.wordpress.com via No Pattern Required on Pinterest

Wondering Wednesdays

If you haven’t checked out the pictures reader Lydia sent us of her glam home, you should totally check them out.

house 2

Last week, Lydia asked you for some paint color advice. Here are some of the replies!

I think in response to Lydia’s question, I’d consider a yellow/gold to make the aqua/pale blue furniture pop. Because the floors and furniture are so light-coloured and the room appears to get a lot of natural light, she can get away with a darker or more saturated colour. A darker coloured wall will make the furniture stand out. The furniture will fade into a light-coloured wall. I’d recommend something like Behr’s “Mesa 320F-5″, “Sweet Maple 320D-5″ or a sandy-type colour.

Alternatively, she can go tone-on-tone with a deeper version of blue/green/aqua on the walls, which will also look good with the light-coloured floors

– Colleen

I say find your curtains first, Lydia, then paint. You might wind up with a print that has another colour in it that you’d like to pull out to paint with.

– Andrea

Lydia….. I know what you mean about having problems picking paint colors – we had some paint color issues when we had to pick out paint colors for my Mom’s retro condo!
Definitely get lots of samples!!! You also might want to check out the Sherwin Williams Suburban Modern collection, as they have some nice vintage colors in there. Here is a link.


They have a chartreuse green color in that collection and Ruth actually used that exact color in her hallway – you can see it in her post here.


I think that color would look spectacular in your living room!!!

– Sara in Az

Thanks for everyone who gave advice!

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3 Responses to This Week In The News – Froggy Embroidery and Your Excellent Advice For Lydia’s Living Room

  1. Sara In AZ Reply

    October 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    That embroidery looks adorable and I just love that wedding picture of your Grandparents!

    Can’t wait to see what paint colors you pick out Lydia!

  2. Laura Reply

    October 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Ruth, is this the same grandfather that worked as a photographer for the Associated Press? I just loved it when you shared those vintage press passes in a blog post a while back. I’m so appreciative when bloggers feel comfortable enough with their readers to share family photos and memories. Thank you!

  3. Andrea Reply

    October 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Your grandparents look so young in their wedding photo, Ruth! Then again, they probably are! That little mouse embroidery is utterly adorable, that’s going to make the cutest blanket.

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