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September 7, 2017

Let’s Go on A Field Trip to Alison’s Amazing 1950s Time Capsule Dream House……With Pink Starburst Tiles!!!!

By Sara In AZ


Yes, you DID read that right……..pink Atomic Starburst Tiles! EEeeEEeEeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! But first, let’s go back to the beginning shall we!

Some of you may possibly remember this post I did way, way back in 2011

Vintage Hermosa Tile Brochure – Franciscan Starburst Tile!


The post showed various images of vintage Hermosa tile…including their most famous pattern “Starburst” tile!!! Yes, the exact same pattern from the Franciscan Starburst dinnerware that we all know and love to bits! Hermosa Tile was a division of Gladding, McBean & Co., the manufacturers of Franciscan Dinnerware.

A few weeks back I received this comment on the post

I’ve been hunting down the name of the manufacturer of the tiles we have in our bathroom. Today I came across a pattern on dishes that matched the tile in our pink bathroom. The name of the pattern “Franciscan Starburst Tile” led me to your post. Thank you – this information is invaluable to us in trying to maintain the fabulous-ness of our 60’s pink bathroom. Yes my kid’s bathroom features the starburst in pink – one of our favorite features of this house is the untouched 60’s tiles.

Ummmmmm, seriously….PINK Starburst Tile?!? I need smelling salts here and I haven’t even seen the bathroom yet!!!!

So, of course, I had to e-mail Alison a.s.a.p. and beg her to send me pictures of her fabulous Starburst Tiled Bathroom! Alison was super kind and actually e-mailed me an assortment of pictures showing the  time capsule fabulousness of her home!

Also, Alison has a dilemma she’d like your help with…more on that at the end of this post!

On with the field trip! Alison’s house was built in 1959 and they live in a small town 45 minutes outside of Seattle Washington.

I wanted to start off with this picture showing off the AMAZING views from their home! Spectacular!!!


This is a picture of the basement kitchen in their home. That glitter laminate….be still my heart! And that Linoleum!!! It looks SO similar to the linoleum we just had installed a few years ago! Sweet!


Here is the original GE push button stove in the basement kitchen! Wow! It looks as pristine as the day it was made!


Alison did share this information about the upstairs (main) kitchen

The kitchen seems to have been updated in the 90’s and that’s on our list of planned projects (when the kids no longer require safety latches on drawers).   We’d love to take it back to mid-mod style (with modern amenities).

They even still have the cool, original, smoke alarms!!!


From Alison

Each of the 4 bedrooms has built in dressers cut from a single sheet of wood so it is easy to tell if the drawers are out of order because the wood grain doesn’t line up.   I’ve included a picture of our guest room

Stunning built-in Alison and equally stunning drawer pulls!


This is the Hall Bathroom with original tiles and fixtures!


Oh my gosh, they even have one of my all time favorites…….a Hall-Mack Concealed Lavatory Unit!


Here is a picture of the beautiful original vintage tiles in the hall bathroom….and whoa……they EVEN have a Hall-Mack concealed toilet paper holder! **Swoon**


And last, but certainly not least……the epic pink Starburst tile bathroom!


I think I’m actually pretty much dying over here….this bathroom is beyond EPIC!


Alison, seriously….this bathroom is what every single mid century loving guy and gal dream of…….you are one lucky lady!


AND a built-in Kleenex box too!


It’s just SO spectacular!


Ok, whew…has everyone caught their breath now…smelling salts anyone…anyone?  Smile

Ok, Alison needs our help y’all so PLEASE chime in with your comments below as she REALLY would love advice on the right lighting for her living room. Here is her question


My husband and I are trying to add lighting to the living room and I was suggesting some sort of series of pendant lights along the main beam.   Would that be in keeping with the mid mod style.   It’s a tough room to light with the vaulted ceilings and currently floor and table lamps are all we have in here. Do you have any recommendations for lighting styles

Here is a few pictures of her family room


That tongue and groove ceiling….it’s beyond gorgeous!



And here are the pendants the are considering

Serrano 1-Light Mini Pendant


Aldershaw 1-Light Mini Bowl Pendant


Marcellus 1-Light Pendant



What do you think everyone? Would one of these pendants work? Suggestions for other pendants? Would pendants along the beam be in keeping with the mid-mod style or do you think some other type of lighting would look better in the space? Please let Alison know your thoughts below!

Also, thanks again Alison for taking the time to take and send pictures to me – it certainly was a pleasure to see your amazing house. I am thrilled that your house found such great new owners!

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10 Responses to Let’s Go on A Field Trip to Alison’s Amazing 1950s Time Capsule Dream House……With Pink Starburst Tiles!!!!

  1. Dan Reply

    September 7, 2017 at 6:55 am

    I think the exposed bulb in the Aldershaw would get annoying, and the Marcellus looks a bit ‘commercial’ – something more suited for a business than a home. Serrano has a sexy vibe.
    Don’t know if they are still made, but I immediately pictured that classic pendant that is just a plain, white glass globe. We had one and it gave off a wonderful even light. Bit of a pain changing the bulb, though.

  2. Melinda Reply

    September 7, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Holy Cow! This place is spectacular! How lucky to get such a house.
    As far as the pendants go, I’d choose Serrano or Marcellus.

  3. Sandi Reply

    September 7, 2017 at 7:45 am

    How about putting up a MCM starburst light. I’ve seen some nice ones at Menard’s, Lowes, and Home Depot. Of course, you could always buy an original if the cash flow permits. I love the Franciscan tile–I’ve never seen that before! Beautiful MCM features in your house!

  4. Jacki Reply

    September 7, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    This house it too good to be true. I love everything about it,but what I find most amazing is that the ceilings have never been painted.
    As for the lighting, I agree with Dan, the white round pendant globes would be perfect for this style of house. You can still buy them. I bought some for my bathrooms online through Lowe’s; they come in 3 different sizes.

  5. Lynne Reply

    September 8, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I absolutely agree with Dan. I would hang the white glass globes. The ones that look like a white ball on a stick! No question, that’s the way to go.

  6. Susan from Boston Reply

    September 8, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I. Want. That. Bathroom!

    I prefer the Marcellus light.

  7. Susan from Boston Reply

    September 8, 2017 at 10:34 am

    BTW, Sara, I have that exact same glitter laminate in my pantry. 🙂

  8. Beth Reply

    September 8, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    How about several vintage Moe pendants? That would look awesome!

  9. Pocono Jeanette Reply

    September 9, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I also agree with Dan. To me, the Serrano is MCM and classy. The white globe lights would look nice, too. I had a large white bulb light over my kitchen table in my last house and loved the look and lighting. In my current condominium community they have street lamps with giant white Globe lights. So retro!

  10. Kim Armstrong Reply

    September 9, 2017 at 11:50 am

    The serrano 1 or white glass globes would be perfect. Beautiful.house. The glitter Formica counter is the best.

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