I just did a 1950s kitchen for a client and am doing an Art Deco style Bedroom as I write. P.M. me if I can help with anything. An idea that I always use is very wise thing, I feel, is first invest (or in my case, look at, as I already have a few) in some home decorating magazines from that era.
What I look at is, Better Homes, The American Home or Sunset (a big list, but you get the reasoning) for some great ideas. Good Luck!
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Quite a few of the pics look quite "over the top". I suggest you find as many films as you can of the 1930's that have scenes shot in the bathroom. It might give you some ideas; however, this site will probably lead you to some helpful links and ideas and this site has vintage Lino & wallpaper. Very hard to find.
Last edited by Chas; 11-10-2011 at 09:17 PM.
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You are most welcome! Looking forward to seeing the pics posted when you two are done doing the work. I'm moving to Melbourne this month and once I get settled where I expect to be long-term I think I'm going to go with a heavily Hawaiian-influenced motif.
Thanks ya'll! I did think of watching as many films as I could on the era. In some ways the 30's and 40's can blend together a bit. I found this website that is awesome! http://www.vintageplumbing.com/hallmack.html They specialize in the contraptions that seemed almost 'futuristic' such as hidden bathroom scales in the wall and a towel rack that pulls out when you need it and goes back into the wall when you don't. I came across a forum that was talking about the old razor resevoirs in medicine cabinets. My old house I grew up in that was built in the late 1950's had one of those; the razors just got stuck in between the walls. There is a historic side of town that I've visited and was lucky enough to get to see all the bathrooms from the 1930's that were original to the house. Everything was tile to the middle of the wall and each had their own color scheme. One was cobalt blue and yellow if I remember correctly, Seems another was green and black and another was a mustard and maroon. I think the other may have been pink and maroon. I've also become obsessed with researching companies that still make period bathroom products such as Cashmere bouquet and different pomades. I have printed out old labels and put them on new products so I can use them but they still look old. This is exhausting and I still don't feel I've scratched the surface! It's a fun obsessive past time for me anyhow
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Wow, I would love to do something like that, but at the moment we are in a "new" home and it just wouldn't fit. Someday, we will move into an old tudor style or something from the 30s. I actually found a 1930s art deco house for sale years ago with walls made from steel and concrete. It was great, but just a little too "out there" and my wife wouldn't go for it...