I spent this past weekend in the suburbs, at the home of dear friends Mia and Darell, helping them remodel their kitchen. Snooping around in the early morning in a mad dash to get my coffee, I came across two retro toasters tucked away in the back of a cupboard.
I was delighted to discover these retro treasures – pieces that remind us of a time past, inspiring memories of people and places we have loved along the way. These pieces of art will most definitely be a part of their new kitchen layout!
Mia and Darell also own a big collection of Fiesta Ware, America’s favorite dinnerware. What a variety of pieces and colours!
They are avid collectors and the items hold a special place in their heart. My own eyes light up every time I see the functional design balanced with vibrant colours!
The original 5 colours of Red, Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Green and Ivory were produced in 1930’s. I believe the Turquoise was added in early 1937 . The concentric circles on the rim of the plates is an Art Deco Style, the creation of Frederick Hurten Rhead, design director of Homer Laughlin’s. In 1927, he became a trendsetter in colour for the house ware industry.
With the change in fashion direction towards a softer palette of pastel at the beginning of the 50’s, combined with the emerging earth tone palettes of the 60’s, the company turned in direction and added softer, more subtle tones to the collection.
After spending quite some time admiring their collection, I was left with one challenge – could I bring myself to use one of these beautiful cups for that morning coffee I was so desperately craving?
In the end, I chose a bright yellow mug to match my mood – a spirit that had been lifted by the beauty of design and colour once again! My design advice to you? Fill your home with things that are both functional and will brighten your day! You won’t be sorry you did!