You’ve Got Mail. From 1965.

Remember when you received mail that you actually wanted? Yep, those were the days. Those were actually the exact days I was dreaming of when we first bought the Retro Ranch and I discovered that it came with the original 1965 galvanized steel mailbox crafted by Leigh Building Products and approved by the Postmaster General himself. 

Throw Your Hands in the Air If You’s a Teal Player

When it comes to the color teal, I’m all in. Teal, aqua, turquoise, cyan, aquamarine, robins egg blue, Tiffany blue, Pantone 319C–whatever you want to call it, if it appears midway between blue and green on the visible spectrum, I’m helpless against its power. This particular shade has been my favorite color ever since I…

Hang It Like a Mother

In honor of Mother’s Day, this post is about the one common love all mothers have. And no I’m not talking about Tom Selleck, I’m talking about the holy grail of home decorating: wallpaper. Gone are the days of struggling to keep yourself entertained while your mother browses the oversized wallpaper pattern books at Sherwin-Williams, snipping…

Retro Ranch Dressing

Not everyone will tell you what’s in their secret sauce. Have you ever gushed over the decor de jour at a friend’s house, casually inquiring how they assembled such an exquisite collection of complimentary pieces, only to be met with the reply “Oh, I just discovered them in my travels…” or some other nonsensical vagaries? Well I like…

Thrifty Shades of Grey

It was finally summer in Portland. We moved into the Retro Ranch in late October, the beginning of the rainy season in the Pacific Northwest, and never got the chance to spend much time studying the exterior of it until now. This is when we determined that our house? Was the color of butter. And I’m not…