Things we still love even though they are "dated"

roarahAugust 17, 2013

I was at homegoods the other day and I realized I like many dated things still and am not crazy about what is hot in blog land:). So I thought maybe it would be fun to do a thread of things that are considered out in the home fashion world but that you still love:)

Here is my list.
Light, even yellowish hard wood floors

63 inch curtains, I do have castiron rads though :)

Roller shades verses matchstick which offer no light or privacy protection

Red dining rooms

small baths


oak grain

Doilies, remind me of my grandmother:

Formal living rooms and dining rooms for entertaining in. I actually do no like to entertain or be entertained in the kitchen

this is really not homedecor, but I like entertaining after the kids are upstairs. My parents did this all the time but when ever we put ours down and have people over they bring their children:( I like being an adult w/o being a mom sometimes! And I will say it, I detest children after 9pm unless they are ill:).

I also love energy inefficient light bulbs:) the CFLs can cause me to seizure.

What is on you list:).

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I love my 1980's ceramic tile countertops. I can put hot things on them, spill anything, cut without worry, etc. I don't even mind how they look and when I redo the kitchen, I'll probably select tile again (I almost wrote "update" then realized it might not be an update if I use tile).

edited to add: I also love my natural, unstained wood everything: trim, beams, oak floors, windows, antique armoire, cabinets, etc. No espresso anything here.

Also - doorknobs instead of lever handles on my doors.

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    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 11:14AM
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Wall-to-wall carpet in bedrooms. Short, velvet cut, preferably wool.

Drapes: ripple fold or pinch pleated and lined. With shears as needed. I think the skimpy, casual, dragging on the floor thing was perpetrated by companies like Pottery Barn that want to sell lots of skimpy poorly made curtains.

Colored bath fixtures: Kohler Innocent Blush, for example.

Shutters with small louvers.

Laminate countertops.

No recessed lighting in living spaces: it's a living room, not a retail store.

Tile that looks like tile.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 11:25AM
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WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a

I love my honey oak picture frame wall paneling (not builder grade); it is so warm and adds such character and is beautiful. And I also love my 4x4" white ceramic tile countertops and backsplash, as olychick does hers. Plus, I prefer my white kitchen appliances as opposed to stainless steel appliances; I find stainless steel appliances just to cold for my taste.

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    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 11:32AM
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Will have to add my own "loves" later, but had to add a great big, HUGE ditto to what roarah wrote; I also love energy inefficient light bulbs.

I so wish they would just bring back good old-fashioned 100W (and higher) incandescent BR40 (?) flood lightbulbs....!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 11:50AM
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Knobs on appliances instead of touch pads

I've seen small & mini print wallpaper used, and it looked fresh again.

Toile, preferably large scale patterned ones

Plate railing on cabinet tops.

Metal two inch Venetian blinds

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 12:02PM
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It is not until I read threads like this that I realize what is dated! Ok some of this I realize is pretty dated. But really, I do love lined pinch pleat drapes, especially in silk or linen.

Oh roarah I believe oak grain is hot right now

I love walnut but I still love cherry. I can't bring myself to paint or chalk over my traditional dining set

I still love my long bar in the fr and did not rip it out.

I too don't mind light oak or maple flooring.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 12:24PM
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I am nodding my head to so many things you have all listed! Especially knobs on appliances!

I thought of one more hardly done thing that I have the chance to "update" and thought I would change but this summer decided I actually like the look of white plaster pools better than stained dark plaster pools. I think I would love a real slate pool but since that is out of my price I like the look of the water in white better than all the dark colored plaster pools I have seen so I am replastering white even tho our pool boy says no one does that now.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 12:41PM
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I still love antiques, even the Victorian oak. And unpainted.

Old brass, polished or left to darken, especially if it's on something that gets handled, so there are layers of color.

Red! Where the heck did everything except burgundy go?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 12:48PM
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I too love ceramic tile counter tops and white appliances.

China Cabinets Full of Cut Glass and China

Real Wood Cherry Queen Anne Furniture - Unpainted

My Big Gas-Guzzling SUV

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 12:54PM
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I agree with so many of the above, especially knobs on appliances. I especially hate the digital oven control. I get a cramp in my finger waiting for the numbers to get to 400.

My mid 1970's bedroom wood bedroom furniture with the funky hardware and raised panel cutouts. I could paint it and give it an updated look, but someone has to keep furniture from that era in its original condition so Leigh and Leslie Keno can keep their jobs.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 1:04PM
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I like closets that are not 'walk- in', and even asked my DH if we build, can we find quality, wood, louvered bi-fold doors and good tracks? (he doubts it) I like to open the doors and see the contents, stack the hanging, put in shelves or drawers, whatever is needed. I don't need or want to hang out in a huge closet with seating and chandeliers. Probably says a lot about my wardrobe choices!

I like my teak dining table and chairs, although I have fallen in and out of love with them over the 32 years. Now I love them for their honesty and I don't think that feeling will change.

I like 2.25" site finished wood floors. You can keep the 5" planks, beveled edges, Hand scraped (my a$$!!!).

I like American Olean unglazed porcelain mosaic tile.

I like Moen faucets. They're affordable, they work, you can get parts for them and the company backs their products.

Interesting thread!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 1:46PM
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Great thread! I will wholeheartedly agree about the light bulbs thing. I am going crazy with some recessed lights that are just so darn dim I cannot stand it.-....
and I too happen to like wall to wall carpet especially in bedrooms....
I think I am clearly late to the party because I am only now beginning to like stainless steel appliances. I have white but I am first thinking stainless could look good.
:) Carry on~~

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 1:49PM
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Big Ben alarm clocks. They still work when the power goes out!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 2:00PM
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My avocado green kitchen sink
Jewel tones
Chintz in a bright floral on a black background
Plaid furniture
Stained Glass

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 2:03PM
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Trustile makes high quality doors in many panel and several louvered combinations. Most, (if not virtually all), can be ordered in bifold. Be forewarned though, they are Not inexpensive.

Here is a link that might be useful: Trustile

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 2:04PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Great thread. I agree on light bulbs, but will go with led when necessary-never cfl.

Silver flatware for everyday rather than stainless.

Wax or linseed oil finish rather than polyurethane.

Love our 1950s site-finished white oak floors.

Like my almond or bisque appliances(dishwasher and refrigerator) that exactly match our creamy white cabinets.

Love my small station wagon (not old, but hard to find these days).

As far as door knobs, I am not a fan of levers, but I am thinking of switching all our door knobs-it's an age thing (sigh, yes, I myself am dated at this point) and it is often very difficult for me to open doors with knobs. So maddening.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 2:14PM
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Agree about light harwood, knobs and coloured fixtures, sinks and others.

Roarah, 100 percent agree about entertaining after kids are in bed! Mine are in bed by 7:30 or 8:00, guests arrive after 8:00, never with kids thankfully!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 2:18PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

Landlines, dvds, hard wiring, white appliances, broken spaghetti, Spode blue and white plates.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 2:29PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Well, DH is getting on in years, but he's still pretty terrific to me!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 2:58PM
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I love:

Pinch-pleated, floor-length draperies

Medium-toned oak floors

Antique furniture

Oriental rugs

Meals using china, silver, crystal and linen

A separate dining room (I hate the open kitchen-dining-living concept.)

Undermounted bath tubs

Sinks installed in cabinets (no pedestals)

Knobs on appliances (I never would have thought of that without your post.)

Televisions hidden in armoires or built-in cabinets with doors.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 3:03PM
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"Yellow" natural stain oak floors...finally finished having them installed on main floor. Carpet in bedrooms. NOT low-flow toilets but those workhorses we grew up with which never seemed to break or clog. My parents had the same toilets in the house I grew up in for 35 years.

Kids--- nothing drove mom crazier than to get a babysitter for us for the occasional date night with dad when they would go to a better restaurant only to have noisy kids at the next table!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 3:27PM
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Standard closets

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 3:30PM
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On top of what everyone else says...
Vinyl kitchen floors--cushy under foot and under glass jars!

Ceiling fans

Wet bars

TV in the living room--means we use the room for living

My black-slate foyer floor--when we moved in, a neighbor told me it would be easy to remove and put in tile. I didn't.

Sometimes vertical blinds just solve a light and privacy problem, not in this house, but in the last one they were ideal.

Louvered doors

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 3:42PM
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In addition to landlines that still work when the power goes out (not Verizon), light hardwood floors, and knobs on appliances:
Berber carpet
trash compactor
TVs in armoires

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 4:26PM
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Ceiling fans...yes! Especially in upstairs bedrooms...couldn't sleep without one in summer...even with the A/C on.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 4:37PM
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Am cross posting here...but how about old fashioned bedspreads we grew up with? I don't have one but finally ditched the complete hassle of a duvet and comforter for a quilt/coverlet.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 4:58PM
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Yes to regular lightbulbs! Yes to wallpaper! And landlines. And ceiling fans and brass fixtures.

I also love cast iron bathtubs, 4x4 tile and marble thresholds separating the bath floor tile from wood floors. I like curtains that are meant to be drawn at night, preferably over sheers.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 6:05PM
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- Draperies / curtains on every window. Two layers: sheers and lace for daytime privacy and solid panes for nights. Can't stand the black window holes at night, and don't care for blinds - too office-like;

- Doilies. Decorative and help protect wood furniture tops. I have both the traditional lace and MCM-like designs;

- Wallpaper. I miss it here, in the US, although I take advantage of the ease of painting, as I repaint our rooms now. Still, painting feels like a cheaper shortcut to me. In Russia wallpaper is the standard, and the selection is way better than in my town in the US.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 6:21PM
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I like bedspreads that are tailored to fit the bed and you can tell when you are making the bed that it is on correctly because it fits a certain way. Try to find one outside of Touch of Class in limited colors in suede cloth, or outside a website that is in Asia someplace, though.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 6:21PM
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I love this thread, especially since I just refinished my medium tone oak floor, and left it that color instead of staining it darker.
Ditto on the light bulbs. I'm hoarding them.
Vinyl flooring in the kitchen. It works hard so I don't have to.
Walls painted a color, not a "neutral."
Pine wainscoting and real beadboard.
Floor lamps, with real lightbulbs.
Bookcases filled with books to read/that have been read and are loved.
Dogs that walk, and are not carried by their owner.
Knobs on appliances -- in general, analog controls rather than digital. Less likely to wear out/break prematurely.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 6:31PM
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I apologize in advance. I have a soft spot for these:

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 6:40PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Mabel, dogs that walk.... LOL

Vermont Country Store has the old fashioned chenille and seersucker (makes me think of summer at the shore) bedspreads. I am so tempted to step back in time. Of course, the old ones probably cost about $20.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 6:48PM
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Pal, I love, love, love that little round pillow. Does the style have a name? Do you know of anyplace where they can be purchased? My bedroom chair needs one.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 7:14PM
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RedHouse, that's called Canadian or counterchange smocking. I made a few dresses for my daughter and a purse for myself using this technique, long long ago. I never tried a pillow, though. Perhaps someone on Etsy sells them.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 7:51PM
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Formal dining rooms, bookshelves with books in them, appliances that have buttons & knobs(why would you have digital controls on a washing machine?), small bathrooms/bedrooms and sage green.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 7:53PM
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Separate dining room.

Feature wall - is that what it's called when you paint one wall a different colour from the others? Love that concept and my DR is an example.

Jewel tones from the 80's. Gosh I still love those colours.

Old-fashioned light bulbs. We have 2 new fixtures that don't fit the halogen lights and when we can't buy the old-fashioned light bulbs we will have to buy new light fixtures. As far as I'm concerned we've been sold a bill of goods on those things - lasting 30,000 hours (or whatever) my a$$. (dollar signs are deliberate).

We still have floor lamps, tv in the living room (which we added back in 3 years ago because it was such a lonely room), unpainted antique furniture and a landline.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 8:04PM
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    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 8:09PM
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They are called smocked pillows or pumpkin pillows, smocked pumpkin pillows etc.

There are a couple people who sell them on Etsy, and they also sell vintage patterns or downloadable patterns there, as well.

We had corduroy ones when I was little.

Corduroy pillow covers are another staple that's vanished.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 8:40PM
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Holly- Kay

Cyn, lol, I am dated myself. We have levers instead of knobs and are keeping them because they are easier to open.

I love:
Sterling, crystal, and china
Crystal chandeliers
Formal dining rooms
Brass, love the beautiful deep patina
Red toned furniture, cherry, mahogany
My little oak hutch
Living rooms, seems like they are never referred to as such anymore
Handwritten letters and notes
Real light bulbs, what a crock cfls are. They outlawed mercury in batteries but it's okay in light bulbs? You have to practically call out a hazmat team if you are unfortunate enough to break one.
Ceiling fans, yes! I need them to stay cool even in air conditioned rooms
Kitchen canisters

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 8:43PM
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Am enjoying this thread and everyone's contributions! Love love my orangey 2 1/4" oak floors; stained wood trim and 1" and 1 1/2" stained wood blinds, landline, antiques, Stickley oak furniture, and ant. oak furniture inc. in separate dining room: ant. clawfoot dining table chairs, & china cab, etc. Also old brass, ornate gold leaf frames, flow blue, metal awnings. Love my small black and white marble floor tiles, and toilet w/o exposed trapway in my only and SMALL hallway bathroom, LOL!
Not having a family room, or dishwasher. Love Beadboard, shiny brass door knobs! Roarah, Rhodys are dated?? Oh well, then add those to my list!
Opps - forgot to add rocking chairs, my solid-surface counters and sink, DVD's and old fashion manual car locks on my stick-shift car!

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    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 9:00PM
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Oh my gosh, so many things on this list that I forgot that I love. Appliance knobs, bedspreads, walking dogs, that pillow and soft vinyl floors.

Also ranges with griddles in the middle that you lift up the cover

Niches for the telephone

Garbage strainers (not really)

Cellar doors

Little cubbies with doors next to the fireplace to hold the wood

Curtains with ruffles along the edges

Metal swing sets that lifted up when you got swinging really hard

Pencil sharpeners screwed to the wall. Your behind would wiggle when you cranked it.

Aqua anything, except tile.

Those long tassels around the bottom edge of sofa, instead of a skirt. It was fun to untwist them.

Cars with big ledges at the back window where you could lie and look at the sky.

Two tone cars.

And so much more

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 9:05PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

I won't say I love it, I don't, but until fairly recently, it was just fine to store things in the basement or attic in cardboard boxes. Really. When we cleaned out my parents attic in 2000, it was filled with cardboard boxes of stuff of 35 years and many of the boxes were older than that ( should have sold them on ebay, vintage boxes, ya know) :-(
(and no, they NEVER had roaches or bugs)

But now, a closet, basement or attic must be a pinterest organizational pin, or at the very least, have plastic containers.

I Do like them, they are great, but when did all this extra effort/money happen? It makes me feel guilty/insufficient.

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    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 9:14PM
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LOL, I hear you, BBee, although I am the queen of plastic boxes.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 9:32PM
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Great post!

Plain bedspreads, the kind that goes to floor so you don't need a bedskirt. I would love one that isn't shiny polyester though and that seems impossible to find. Would love a quilted cotton in an updated color. Only found them in dusty rose or mint green, etc. I had to compromise and use something that just almost touches floor. Still need bedskirt :( I've thought about sewing one myself and sending it out to be quilted, but haven't done it yet.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 9:42PM
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What a wonderful thread! I can honestly say I also love many of the things listed. I am partial to vintage formal and informal linens. I love matelasse and Martha Washington bedspreads, tablecloths, runners, and doilies. The table linens can be damask, print, embroidered, appliqued, crocheted, lace, whatever. The most dear are the linens that belonged to my mother or the ones she crocheted. She even crocheted a bedspread which I use often. Oh how I wish I could crochet. Despite the efforts of Mom and many talented aunts, I just could not get the hang of it.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 9:44PM
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Thanks Chibimimi! Thanks Pal!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 9:47PM
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I had forgotten those pillows like the one that Pal showed! And thanks to Chibimimi, I know that they are called now.

I found a You Tube video on how to make one; it's just over 20 minutes long.

Here is a link that might be useful: Canadian smocking/capitone round cushion by Debbie Shore

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 10:12PM
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Pretty much my whole 1950's appliances, wood paneling in my kitchen, 1950's bird prints in my dining room, vintage (less antiques, more vintage, like 1950's era), norman rockwell plates, currier and ives prints...

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 10:17PM
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Peegee, LOL about the stick-shift. My BIL recently bought a car with a manual transmission; it had to be special-ordered. When the salesman asked him why he wanted stick, he just said, "Theft deterrent."

And that brings up another dated but desirable: Minivans. SUVs just aren't comfortable, but I need hauling capacity. For unpainted antiques.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 10:18PM
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Using clothes lines, both long lines and those umbrella ones.

Ironed pillow cases.

Ice crushed up in a handcranked device hung on the wall.

Beating and sweeping oriental rugs outdoors in the snow in January.

Wall-mounted telephone with a long cord hanging in my kitchen - the only phone in the whole house aside from the one in the farm office. I hate having phones all over the house and I despise the idea of cell and smart phones which can interrupt anything else you're doing, any time someone wants to send you a message.

Phonograph record players in the sitting room.


    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 10:35PM
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Wife =)

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 10:49PM
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"Ice crushed up in a handcranked device hung on the wall. "

Yes! I want one of those now.

Another one from me, sidewalks and chairs on front porches that people actually sit in every evening.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 11:05PM
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I forgot about corduroy! I love the texture and it is so durable!
Peegee, I am not sure rhody's are dated I just never see them in landscapes any longer. Everything seems so sculptured now.
I am so glad we all are still using and living the way we love! And from what I have witnessed of your decorating abilities I think it all works in beautiful fresh ways! So much for the idea of dated!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 11:15PM
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Uh, I thought brass was back? Although I think the promoters are calling it "Antique Gold" these days.

Pal, I have a very old gold satin pillow like that. My great-grandmother (that lived in Canada) made it long before I was born. It could use a new pillow form and a cleaning, but I'm afraid to mess with it.

Old damask linens.

cotton bedding

Un-accessorized kitchens. I cook, so I find a lot of "cute" things to be clutter, dirt magnets, and just in the way. I like a clean, clear, well-lit work space.

Amen to the vinyl flooring. That fabulous tile that the PO's installed in the WHOLE house is starting to crack. Oh, and the pattern's been discontinued.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 11:34PM
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A big yes to landlines, knobs on appliances, real light bulbs, real books, ceiling fans, curtains that are drawn at night (as opposed to useless fake fabric puddles on the floor.) And OMG yes, and those metal pencil sharpeners screwed to the wall that leaked good smelling wood shavings on the floor.

Hand cranked ice cream makers, that made your arm hurt close to the end.

The big Stanley Aladdin coffee thermos my Dad left with, every morning (weighs a ton, built like a tank, I still have it.)

Any decorative item made of turned or inlaid wood, with moth-eaten green felt on the bottom. The uglier the better.

Feather pillows that poke your cheek through the pillow case with tiny sharp quills.

Flintstone jelly glasses (came with grape jelly, then into the cupboard they went)

Kitchen pot holders made from those loopy things you stretched over the little looms

Big countertop bread boxes that said BREAD on the side (as if we didnâÂÂt know what was in there.)

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 12:26AM
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I also like brass, shiny or antique.

Our red oak floors.

Tile in the kitchen.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 9:18AM
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Elraes Miller

Sticking with colors/designs I love/enjoy in fabrics, on walls

Tiled counters with matching trim edges

Kilim pillows, rugs, some in upholstered furniture (not chevron)

Corduroy upholstery (although I do change to tailored slipcovers during summer)

Original textured walls and ceilings (not the popcorn)

Deep, comfortable, loose pillow chairs, couches

When did decorating with pillows begin? I like them, but they are never where they were meant to be and find visitors wrestling with them. Out with most.

My MIL crocheted pot holders which are 25 years old.

Hand held can opener.

Beginning to like my maple kitchen cabinets again. Glad they are not painted.

No drapes, curtains. I like the sun to shine in and see the garden by day, stars at night. Guess this depends on where one lives, bath and living room do have plantation shutters for prying eyes.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 9:49AM
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The balloon shade in our bathroom. I've had it for 20 yrs, in two homes, and plan to use it anywhere we live. I ordered it from Spiegel's. :-D

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 10:32AM
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I'm too "out' to actually know whether these are "out," and I don't have all of these things, but regardless:

Brass that ages naturally, color -- jewel tones, bright color, deep color, rich color, and colors in bathroom fixtures, wallpaper, oriental carpets, paisley, many chintzes. Divided light windows.

I was in a kitchen recently that had yellow laminate countertops. We have soapstone. Now, I'm lusting after laminate, especially in a bright color like yellow.

I was recently given one of those Martha Washington bedspreads; it must be from the 1950s, and I think I'm going to use it. I also have one of those large Stanley Aladdin thermoses; I can't imagine getting rid of it.

Floor lamps are out? Really? I had no idea that had happened!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 11:21AM
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When all of you reach the great grandmother era, you won't give a hoot what's in or out - believe me - just what's easy and comfortable with colors that warm your heart and give you pleasure.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 11:37AM
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I probably like more things that are considered dated than I do trendy things.

Whether they are âÂÂin or outâ I have always liked transferware dishes, toile, barkcloth, English chintz fabrics, bone china cups and saucers, chenille bedspreads, doilies, tablecloths, roller blinds, laminate countertops, good quality vinyl flooring. I have and love a vintage 40's 'car rug' that was always in our car when I was a child. It's a green and black plaid small wool blanket with fringes. Washes beautifully and brings back fond memories.

I love well-polished silver holloware and abhor seeing it all tarnished like on some blogs.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 12:18PM
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For those of you who mentioned bedspreads. I was watching The Golden Girls the other night (I have been hooked on The Golden Girls and The Big Bang Theory all month - been driving dh nuts!) and now I want Sophia's bedspread. Fitted yet still plush then softened even further with a full bedskirt. Probably would have to have it custom made though.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 2:49PM
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Calico Corners can make the bedspread in any color/fabric you like, but you would probably end up with it being dry clean only, which is what has stopped me from ordering one.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 3:23PM
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Lots of things outdated in this house (including me), and the only thing I can honestly say I dislike of this 1968 built house, is the paneling in the kitchen, hall, dining/family room. The hall, and kitchen, as of this week, are both paneling free (celing and walls), and nice new sheetrock that is now painted in its place. My avocado wall oven wouldnt be my first choice, but, since it works better than any oven I have owned in the last many years, it stays. I love my lavender bathroom fixtures, and wouldnt change them ever. I like knobs on my drawers, and handles on my cabinet doors, and I like door knobs on all the rest of the doors. I like lace curtains (dont have any at present), and roller blinds, and vinyl floors, and laminate countertops.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 3:27PM
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Books, lots of them.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 5:34PM
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Too funny I guess I don't know what is dated or not I just bought one of those smock pillows at JYSK it was the perfect color.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 5:36PM
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Real doorbells. Where you can actually see the chimes.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 7:03PM
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Ricksample- ha!!

Love old honey colored floors, houses filled meaningful contents, not just whatever is being sold to the masses and kitchens that work (and bring joy!) for/to the current owner, even if it is "dated." Yes, yes to the pencil sharpener!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 8:07PM
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Landline phones, ceiling fans, the aforementioned incandescent floods (100+ W)......

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 9:11PM
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"wall mounted ice crusher"

Ice-o-Matic. I have one. Next to my 4C Kitchenaid.

Cottage keys (can openers).

Pink and black or green bathrooms, but prefer the green ones. Actually, LOVE the green ones.

Old school wall ovens, like the 1950's ones.

Heating with wood (but we do it with a modern secondary burn stove)

Ceiling fans are out? Oh well. We have 4 and 3 are ones we installed.

Kitchen Geese.

Cast Iron cooking pans.

Rotary dial phones.

This post was edited by eclecticcottage on Sun, Aug 18, 13 at 23:13

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 10:50PM
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When my daughter was born I bought from a garage sale, a beautiful navy blue pram with the big white wheels and a bonnet edged in eyelet. I loved to go walking with that - or even just across the street to visit while the other kids played. It made a nice bed, and was so easy to push. The cool people all had umbrella strollers!

I too like my formica countertops. They are 30 years old and almost like new. I only have to wipe them, and maybe clean with bleach if I spill blueberries, etc. No sealing, just a nice simple solid color that even goes up the walls to cabinet height.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 11:57PM
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Love this thread! Have to ditto the incandescent bulbs. DH and I fight over this one. He thinks CFLs are the greatest.

Screen doors

Linen napkins

Pinch pleated floor length drapery

Hand cranked ice cream

LOL at the 'dogs that walk' comment!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 1:52AM
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Some kitchen utencils are meant to last forever. I will never get rid of my manual can opener, potato masher, even though DD tells me mashing is easier with an electric mixer, my cutting board and sharp knives, and for the last year or so, have been thinking about getting a percolator coffee pot. I also gave my Mother's old wind up kitchen timer to DD who uses it for the kids when signaling for dinner and bedtime. So much better than the buzzing stovetop one.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 4:38AM
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Top mount kitchen sinks. Thank you Koehler....for making my new sink top mount. :)

Cuirio Cabinets filled with pretties.

Landline phones. I have one in every room.

Sheet vinyl in the kitchen and bathroom. I got rid of my kitchen vinyl only because people would say it's "dated." I wish I didn't listen to people when I remodeled.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 6:59AM
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Wall décor that doesn't try to boss me around!! Who the heck decided framed pithy sayings should be everywhere we look. I'd rather see the poker playing dogs done in velvet.

Patterned berber.

Are we almost done with fake "patina" ? Vintage can be so interesting and lovely because of its history- even if you don't know the history you can use your imagination. New stuff needs to earn its' patina. I'm beginning to feel a little like retailers are cracking up at everyone buying stuff that looks like it should be returned,

Books. The rush of finding a first edition of a ten year old book by your favorite author.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 7:37AM
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What Bumblebeez said! If every closet, drawer and cabinet looks professionally staged, it makes me roll my eyes (invisibly), I think it's related to reality tv shows.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 7:49AM
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Oh, Pattycakes, thanks for the reminder! I love my percolator! It makes good coffee and it is HOT! Love my old potato masher, too.

Love those old pencil sharpeners, although mine is a desk model but sharpens like a dream even though it was my dad's and well used before I got it.

Merrygardener -- love the line "houses filled with meaningful contents." That perfectly sums up my decor strategy.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 1:42PM
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Split-levels. I miss mine.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 9:50AM
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So, it is OK to love the "dated" things but not the "trendy" things that one day will be "dated"! I am all confused! And if I keep reading all these threads I might as well burn all my belongings - because they are either "dated or trendy."

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 10:04AM
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yvette123 - LOL.

And we wonder why people get paralyzed when trying to make decorating/renovating decisions.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 12:52PM
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Burlington Coat Factory has pillows like the one Pal posted. $7.99-9.99 at our local store. I saw them Saturday when the girls and I were shopping for bedding for their room.

I'm also a fan of regular light bulbs. Dh brought home a box of CFLs from the store last week because they were cheap. I spent 3 days trying to find out where the high pitched whine was coming from. I put them in the pole barn for dh to use. I honestly thought I was losing my mind.

I also love bedspreads and ceiling fans, avocado appliances, vintage and antique furniture. I wouldn't give up my windowless formal dining room for anything except a formal dining room with windows. I love hutches and would happily put one in every room of the house.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 12:52PM
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I adore sterling hollowware and flatware, I have many special family pieces that I love displaying, and even enjoy polishing! And sterling tea services...omgoodness, I am so happy they are "out" because I want to get one for dd (she is only 10 now, but I can't imagine parting with mine when she grows up!) I am already looking for the perfect one at consignment shops!

Along those lines, formal rooms are a MUST for me. We designed our home 3 years ago, and I told the architect there had to be a nice-sized, separate dining room, as well a separate study that I could decorate formally. I know the current trend is to not have these rooms...but I literally wouldn't buy a house without them. I LOVE the look of a beautiful dining room, and using it lets me use all my pretty things. Plus, while we don't eat in there all the time, it certainly makes the occasions when do very special.

Ugh, and don't get me started on the ugly CFL bulbs!! The light is so ugly. I am stockpiling incandscents. My neighbors have a lovely 5000 sq ft Tudor home with beautiful details. They just put CFLs or some other Gawd awful light bulbs in all of their exterior features. Their home now resembles a 7-11 at night.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 1:16PM
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I don't get paralyzed. I love reading these threads and taking what I like. It's only subjective, after all. Celebrate your own personality, and, perhaps, the other personalities in your household too!

As I have figured out, my approach to decor isn't everyone's cup of tea. My own Deco to Disco thread on re-doing DH's and mine home offices in retro modern gets zero interest here, although I'm having a blast researching decor styles (not on Houzz), discussing my ideas with DH, choosing paints and fabrics, and scouting CL. It feels good to take a less beaten path.

Each new trend gives us a choice whether to adopt it or not. As we travel through life, we accumulate a treasure chest of decor styles, ideas, items and skills. We keep those that make us and our loved ones happy and comfortable, no matter what the current fashion is. At the same time we keep our minds open to novel things that could become new gems in our treasure chests.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 1:35PM
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Posted by yvette123 (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 20, 13 at 10:04

So, it is OK to love the "dated" things but not the "trendy" things that one day will be "dated"! I am all confused! And if I keep reading all these threads I might as well burn all my belongings - because they are either "dated or trendy."

Yvette, the way I see it some 'trendy' things will go on to become longer lasting styles and eventually become dated. Many trends tho do not - I expect it depends on many things, perhaps some more knowledgeable decorators can explain.

And just to confuse further some dated things were never trends at all, just useful consumer goods that have been replaced by newer things!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 1:46PM
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cross stitch needlepoint
milk cans
chip cans
metal fireplace match boxes and tools
record players

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 8:57PM
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I'm almost embarrassed to mention this dated thing that we like because I got so much pressure to alter it (both from contractors and on-line) when we remodeled the kitchen.

It's the overhead light box. We like it for our kitchen because it puts out a lot of light and the light is very even - good for what is primarily a work area. The ceiling would be pockmarked with the cans that others urged us to put in to get anywhere close to the light we have.

We have updated the interior of the box to use newer better florescent tubes and we replaced the old yellowing diffusers with nice new ones. Ours is made to not stand out - it doesn't have the heavy oak trim that some do - just a flush metal frame painted to match the ceiling.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 11:36PM
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TVs in the basement and nowhere else. A problem if you don't have a basement (like me), I agree.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 11:38PM
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I think I agree with just about everything here. I need some pictures, though!! Everything sounds so delightful.

I am terrified that I will no longer get to buy non CFLs or LEDs. Give me warm yet inefficient! I returned some Christmas window candles because they each had a horribly cold LED bulb. Not cozy. My husband and I argue about lighting a lot! When I buy lamps I try to get shades where the CFL bulb won't be as cold through it.

Our kitchen has nice maple cabinets and LAMINATE countertops (all done by PO). DH was so disappointed about the laminate. I find them easy. I almost miss my linoleum floor, too. I have to babysit the tile in this house.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 12:29AM
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I still love dark hunter green walls with dark wood trim. It's what I have on the walls in our den/library, which is an intentionally dark room done in a men's club style. The mahogany bookshelves are filled to the brim with real books that my husband and I have collected since college. I couldn't accessorize the shelves if I tried, because there is not a lot of room for non-functional items. There's a Turkish rug on the floor, leather chairs, and a floor to ceiling brick fireplace and mantel. A couple of my husbands antique duck decoys are in there, but they were his grandfather's and not the fake mallard motif that was prevalent in the 80s, although, I'll admit, I do love a nice mallard. I love that room. We live in a country club neighborhood, and that look simply fits the house architectural style and the regional location. I know dark woods and dark greens are not the the trend now, but I still love them, and with a little refreshing every year or so, it can be a classic, timeless look.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 11:56AM
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I think the light box ceiling, detailed in the right way, is an appropriate detail in a house like yours cloud_swift. Right, sometimes they are awful, but I've seen the update or "solution" that's not much better, too.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 12:00PM
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bpathome, I love split levels too! Also, I've had fantasies for years of buying a high ranch to renovate. Something about being off the ground level that's appealing, same with a split level.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 12:14PM
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Dark wood (substantial) trim, vintage light fixtures, flower boxes, 1900's-1950's era stoves, painted vintage furniture, push mower, linoleum floors, plaster walls and most of what others have said.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 2:15PM
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I didn't even know it was dated until I read this thread but I like having my flat panel TV in a beautiful piece of wood furniture instead of hanging on the wall. I had it on a corner swivel mount in my last house because I didn't have enough wall space for an armoire. I have two large armoires that are thick solid maple - one is in the bedroom and one in the LR. They are both build with a clothing bar and shelves so they are great for storage which makes them versatile. :)

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 6:30PM
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I love this thread. Basically, I decorated my current house many years ago with the very best things I could afford (and couldn't afford) and am still very happy with it--good oriental carpets and lots of glazed chintz. I know the colors I like and I echo someone above who said they missed dark ground glazed chintz. Which is why I came to this website today. I lost my mother, who lived in my small hometown, this past May, and because I have some business, not to mention sentimental reasons for keeping the house, I bought it from my sibs. It was a beautifully built and maintained house, with pristine plaster walls and perfectly tiled ( jade green, and pink in the powder room) baths. No need to do one thing there. But there hadn't been a "soft goods" update since Clarence House's Robin about 30 years ago. So, I went online looking for glazed chintz. NOT! I see that everything is linen, and although I like linen--who could not like linen--it certainly takes dye differently and hangs differently than cotton. My biggest concern, if I have to go there, is how does it hold up? Does it start to look droopy? As you can tell from all of the above, I like to buy what I like, and live with it a very long time. I would hate to invest a lot of money in curtains only to have to replace them in 10 years. Does anyone have experience with custom made linen, lined, pinch or other pleats, curtains? Love to hear from you before I jump into the pool.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 12:49PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

There are fabrics that look like linen but drape better and overall perform better for drapes. My mother had custom linen like pleated, lined drapes made for two windows and they were gorgeous (helped sell the house) but quite expensive, about 2k, 15 years ago.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 12:55PM
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[quote]When all of you reach the great grandmother era, you won't give a hoot what's in or out - believe me - just what's easy and comfortable with colors that warm your heart and give you pleasure[/quote]

That is so true!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 2:51PM
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29 year old custom box pleat draperies in my starter home here, I still can't think of anything to replace them that I would like better.....

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 10:11PM
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Dated things that I love:

I agree small bathrooms are great. I live where it gets cold and our small hall bath is the toastiest place to take a shower.

Oak hardwood floors. Tough and all that grain seems to hide dirt.

Vinyl sheet flooring. Easy to clean, cheap to replace.

Tile that didn't need to be coddled or sealed and could be really scrubbed.

Also I still like beige. And door knobs.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 1:52PM
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I have a pine armoire I am having a hard time saying goodbye to. I am currently using it in the corner of my DR and Kitchen area...

    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 3:36PM
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I only have 2 tv's, but they're both in an armoire, and they're staying put, dated or not. A tv is not a ' decorator accessory' so why would I want to play it up in a room? Over a beautiful stone fireplace? Forget it! Trends may come and go, but what you love always works!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 3:58PM
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Not giving up my nice wood armoires, some of which are antiques retrofitted, for a darn TV which is going to be the out-of-date item in the next decade.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 10:35PM
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Imhappy&Iknowit IOWA zone 6b

Dated? Bring it on! My go to shopping store is the resale store; second go to is the "antique" store. Define antique .......broadly! I saw a 70's lamp on craigslist described as antique. I prefer things at least 60 years old.

Everything everyone has already listed and analog TV. Every time a cloud floats over or the wind blows I have no TV reception.

chenille bedspreads- I paid a small fortune for one on ebay a couple of years ago. Love it still. It makes the room.

musicteacher, use baking soda to clean that laminate. It isn't abrasive and is much kinder to your laminate than bleach. Yes, even for blueberry stains. But if you have compromised the finish already it might take a bit more elbow grease.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 11:03PM
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so many things listed here that I love - and still live with!
I love inefficient light bulbs! I don't have many 100watts. probably should have stocked up on t hem - but couldn't think of any room where I used them! I have bunches of 60 W bulbs and will buy a bunch more. including the ylw bug bulbs. and some 3 way bulbs - I have OLD brass floor lamps that use those.

I love the Vinyl kitchen floors - mine is in planks now rather than sheet. If there's a dw leak, I can rip up a few planks and replace them. Same will go in the baths and laundry. Actually, the whole house will have them - with area rugs. Including an old oriental or 2 (from my MIL). I would probably have carpet if not for allergies, desert dust, the dog and ease of cleaning!

I still use a landline. I'm the only one I know who doesn't use a cell phone. I have one in a drawer - haven't used it in yrs. I shld put time on it and use when I drive tho.

"I despise the idea of cell and smart phones which can interrupt anything else you're doing" - I agree. I hate seeing / hearing people walking around in stores with a phone at their ear. or talking to someone on a cell ph in their car. I don't want to talk to someone driving.

old fashioned bedspreads - I still have the chenille one my mom bought for me (and my sister) when we were in HS. It's a twin size, but I keep it.

ceiling fans - many people don't like or use them. Here in AZ we love 'em. I have them in all living spaces/rooms. I had a newer one put in my bedroom last spring and will replace the one in the LR in a few months. The ones in the other rooms are just cheap white ones (you can buy for 50.00 or less in HD).

I'd rather have old brass or glass doorknobs BUT my hands can't turn them these days, so I'm switching out to the levers.
Most of what I have and love was from my MIL's house. She died at about 74 in '78. Nothing in her house was new - it came from her mother's or MIL's house or was bought when she was newly married. Heavy old furniture - beautiful. Even most (if not all) of my lamps came from her house. I had several rewired yrs back and have a good number of them that still need rewired before I can use them.

I have lots of books - and several bookcases for them to live in.

My windows will have shades, not louvered blinds... I can put the shades up during the day and see out. But then, I live in the country on acreage so no one's close enough to see in anyway. Most of my windows don't have anything at them yet.
louvers are a pain to clean on windows or doors!

and I love my bisque appliances. don't like SS

I even like my old laminate counters!

I love my OLD stuff.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 1:05AM
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Deedee99, I know those as "bed caps". They are often sold for bunk beds but you can get other sizes, too. Here's an example at Wayfair

Here is a link that might be useful: bed cap set

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 1:52AM
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Lace curtains and electric window candles.
Screen doors that slam.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 3:30PM
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Deedee, re the picture from Golden Girls you posted above: I had to draw what we called a "bed cap" for our local soft furnishings fabricator. She had never seen nor heard of them, and I wanted one for ds2's double bed, along with a tailored bedskirt (inverted pleats at corners and at midpoints of the long side). I bought a lot of green and ivory Ikat fabric--- still a bit underused in 2006---and used the greener side for the cap, the more ivory reverse for the skirt, and had a club chair upholstered in the green side and had curtain panels made from the reverse. I still think the bedcap is the best possible way to get a kid to make the bed..... It is fitted, so no tucking or trying to center! No idea why the pic looks electric, IRL the walls are a soft gold.

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Lands end had bed caps, fitted-foot blankets and top sheets, too, about 15 years ago, got them for my boys and their beds always (well, often) look tidy. For the oldest's dorm bed, I ordered x-long twin linens with fitted feet from Better in Wisconsin. They work well with dorm beds.

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Linoleum for basement floors.

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    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 10:24AM
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I would love to have a feather mattress like the one I had back in the 1980s-1990s. I bought it at a little known variety place, Waccamaw. I loved it. When I moved here, I think my husband left it at the other home or gave it away. He hated it although he never had to sleep on it. I had it in the guest bedroom and the bed was so luxurious looking, beckoning even a wide-awake subject to fall into it and sleep.

I have not been able to find one. All the mattresses or mattress toppers of down or feathers are baffled and that takes away from the beauty of a feather mattress.

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