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June 22, 2014

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Pretty Things For Pretty Houses


By Eartha Kitsch


This week’s post won’t be focusing on a single time capsule house but instead, on a few different estate sale houses that I’ve toured lately. These homes are all either destined for the real estate market or already under contract. So I guess this post is more of a “Somebody Is Going To Have A Neighbor” instead of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” but let’s just run with it, shall we? Lots of pretty eye candy ahead! Thanks to den mother Retro Ruth for encouraging her writing staff to go off the rails when our hearts are led to!  Let’s go!


 This East Nashville house has the original cracked ice counter top in cherry red.


Take a peek at that floor too. They must have sold four hundred bazillion miles of that linoleum back in the day but I never get tired of it.


 Check out the snazzy cabinet interiors in the same house:



Here is another kitchen seen in the same day at another house. You might know by now that I am a sucker for old wallpaper.



This wallpaper was in the same house. Not in a kid’s room but in an upstairs hallway!



The stairwell to upstairs had wallpaper that looked like paneling:


Side note: This house was epic with wallpaper but what was even more amazing was that it had the largest McCoy pottery collection that I’d ever seen. Rooms and shelves full of every kind that you can imagine – and knockoffs too. Mama Kitsch bought herself some knockoffs! The sale was billed as the “Oh Boy! McCoy!” sale by the estate sale company. I would have loved to have met the lady that lived there. Between all of that pottery and the seas of wallpaper, I can guarantee you that we would have been fast friends.


Another house in the same day had this great blue and yellow tile combo:



Flooring used to be a real art form, let me tell ya! Take for instance these shots from an estate sale in the Crieve Hall section of Nashville this weekend:


GORGEOUS. Why, oh why did decor trends become so bland?


I love that color combo so much that I can hardly stand it. If you ever go to an estate sale with me, you’ll find that while you’re snatching up the treasures, I’ll be slowly walking around and examining the details of the house. I am zero competition! (Well, unless there is an old bottle of floor wax and then it’s game over, you.)

I feel like a vintage archeologist sometimes because I long to see decor details that I’ve never seen before. When I walk into an old house for the first time, I can actually feel my heart racing with joy.  And then I spend all of my time trying to document the original features in case they don’t last much longer. The above flooring was in a basement…  but that same basement gets even better!

This flooring was in the next room:



Look at that gorgeous multicolored confetti pattern! I mean…come on, people. FANTASTIC.

Also? Shuffleboard court!



I know the daughter of the family that is selling this home and I’ve had to hold back on going overboard with gushing over the flooring. Sometimes, going too nuts over floors makes one sound like an insane person.  That said, let’s look at some more floors! Whoooohooo!


These tiles are in one of the bedroom  closets:



And this is the hall tile:


Come on…cheer along with me. Gold flecks!!


It seems that this beautiful ranch home has a contract before even hitting the market BUT if anything falls through, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be taking you all on a virtual tour.

Just in case though….get a load of the kitchen!


Ignore the junked-up estate sale shots and just drink in this kitchen, would ya?


Let’s look at the appliances! Canary yellow dreamboats.





Kapow! Wall refrigerator!


It has pink insides too. Everyone that opened it exclaimed, “It’s even pink!” while the rest of the room’s population gasped in glee.  That wall fridge has more fans than Davey Jones.  Me though? I’ve got a crush on the dishwasher:



Hello, Gorgeous.  xoxo.  You’ll never wash away my love for you.


That’s all of the estate sale homes that I have for you this time but alas, I have bonus material – which consists of a little bit more flooring because well, you know…



This pretty pattern is in an antique store in Springfield, Tennessee. More than anything, I want to just drop to my knees and scrub it clean so that those colored tiles can shine. I wonder if there is a “Scared Straight” program for people who love old flooring too much? Maybe a room full of the most disgusting grout ever could bring me to my senses. But then again – no.


Also in Springfield, at the Springfield Antique Barn, this door waits for just the right homeowner to come along:


It has been there in that basement for over a year and I find that so surprising. If it would fit on our house, it would have been precariously strapped to the roof of my tiny car a long time ago! I can imagine it painted two or three complimentary colors. It’s only seventy five dollars!


Also at the same store:


This stove is only $195.00 and according to the siren song of the price tag, it even works.  When I saw it, I abandoned whatever conversation I was having with Mr. Kitsch and went running as if someone was offering complimentary pie and punch. This wouldn’t fit into our kitchen but boy if it did…..Let me tell ya. I’d be singing along to Sam Cooke and making marinara on that baby right now.

You can see here how much my eyes bugged out when I saw it:


Yes, I know. I only remembered to wear one eye’s worth of false lashes that day. Life is hectic for a vintage archeologist!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this tour through everywhere and then some with me. Please let me know if you saw anything along the way that you liked.

Join me again next Sunday when the odds are good that I’ll do what I’m supposed to do and show you a fantastic time capsule house!



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12 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Pretty Things For Pretty Houses

  1. Sara In AZ Reply

    June 22, 2014 at 6:04 am

    OH.MY.GOSH!!!! That estate sale house with the confetti floors and the yellow kitchen with the wall fridge……TOTALLY epic! And that house with all of the wallpaper…swoon!

    • Debbie in Oaklyn Reply

      June 11, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Confetti floors, my favorite! Wish Someone would make them again.

  2. Robyn Reply

    June 22, 2014 at 9:39 am

    That flooring is to die and come back again and die again, for! I sure hope to high heaven, that the folks who bought the place will leave it as is….I think there ought to be a law that when a house is that retro and in that fantastic condition, it has to be left alone!!!! I have never seen nor heard of a wall fridge….or ever seen Canary yellow appliances!!! I am now sinning with “flooring lust” in my heart….get thee behind me, Satan!!!

  3. pat Reply

    June 22, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I loved the whole tour, thanks! I’m especially curious about the wall fridge and what it would have looked like inside. Thanks so much for sharing the photos, it looked like a highlight reel! 🙂

  4. Jay Reply

    June 22, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Loved reading this post! Vintage Archeologist! I can relate to that term!

  5. RetroRuth Reply

    June 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I am seriously crushing on those floors!!!!

  6. Manda Malice Reply

    June 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    We have the same contact paper in our cabinets and that looks like a bigger (And NICER) version of our kitchen!

  7. Jacki Reply

    June 22, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Wake me up I must be dreaming. The shuffleboard floor! The wall fridge, the yellow wall ovens… I must have died and gone to vintage appliance heaven! My husband laughs about my obsession with vintage appliances (I have 4 in the garage right now and 4 in my kitchen if you count the double ovens); fortunately he’s a good sport about it. Thanks Eartha for letting me know that I’m not the only old house crazy woman out there. :^)

  8. Janice Reply

    June 23, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    As much as I enjoyed the pictures, your enthusiasm and witty writing style was the cherry on the top! I heart to death the pink checkerboard confetti floor. I would LOVE to have that! I also love the yellow appliances! My husband and I looked at a house before we bought the one we’re in that had a wall fridge and I had never heard of or see one before. I had no idea what I almost could have had!

  9. dkzody Reply

    June 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    That gold dishwasher made me swoon. We had a gold dishwasher and we wore it out. We’ve worn two more dishwashers (almond) out and now have a (gasp) white one in our gold kitchen. I’ve put in white flooring to sort of take the edge off of the white appliances, but I would gladly take a gold dishwasher, refrigerator, and put back the gold flooring of years gone by.

    • Jacki Reply

      June 24, 2014 at 10:17 am

      We had the same problem with our pink kitchen. The only thing not pink was the new dishwasher, so we took the panel off and had it painted “Kenmore Pink”. We had an appliance repair company do it, but some car body shops will do it also. Hope this helps :^)

  10. Andrea Reply

    June 24, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Ohhhh, red cracked ice! That has to be my favourite vintage countertop pattern. Loooove that red and grey confetti floor too!

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