One of my very favorite television programs as a young girl was “I Love Lucy”. It still is, actually. I have the first 5 seasons on DVD and the rest on my Amazon wishlist (David, if you’re reading this and looking for a no-occasion surprise for me one of these days, that’s a hint). For some reason, I’ve always had a fondness for the 50s. The clothes, the home decor, and even the life of the typical housewife hold a certain fascination for me.
A few months after we married we bought an older house in our small town and I had the time of my life “playing house” for real. The house needed a lot of work and the kitchen was tiny but I didn’t care. I was in college at the time but whenever I wasn’t at school or studying I was taking care of my husband and my little house. And I loved it.
I recall a certain dress I had which reminded me a little of something Lucy would have worn. I can remember wearing that dress to do my shopping and run errands. I also had inherited a few of my grandmother’s aprons which I proudly wore at home while cooking or cleaning house.
Several years, two children, and a nursing degree later, we bought another older house. This one was in nearly perfect shape while still retaining all its original charm. I couldn’t have loved a house any more than I did that one. When we first looked at it I remember thinking that the kitchen would have to be redone but at least it was large. Fortunately our real estate agent encouraged us to consider keeping the original metal cabinets. I am so glad we listened (and that we didn’t have the money for a complete overhaul anyway!). Some new wallpaper and accessories transformed it into what I referred to as my Betty Crocker kitchen:
When we moved to our current house (16 years ago today!) my greatest disappointment was the kitchen. Leaving behind that adorable vintage kitchen for a design disaster straight out of the early 80s – dropped fluorescent ceiling and all – was a little hard to take. But David promised we could remodel it. We did take the vintage stove from the other house. We replaced it with a new stove and I’m sad to say that the new owners ripped out those wonderful cabinets and replaced them with something from Home Depot. It still makes me sick to think about it.
I spent countless hours designing my new kitchen which you can see part of in the photo at the top of this post. I’ve posted other pictures here before which show the eating area and baking center. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out and I feel like a 50s housewife when I’m cooking in there.
The other day I was reading a post on the blog, Apron Revolution, and saw this video about a “new” kitchen in the 50s. I thought it was quite interesting so I’m sharing it with you:
And then I found this:
See? I’m not the only one enamored with the lifestyle of a previous era. Actually, I already knew that. After all, my own daughter’s blog is called Retro Housewife Goes Green. Apparently the vintage apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Here’s a little clip from an I Love Lucy episode which shows their kitchen:
I suppose when it comes to my interest in the life of the 50s housewife you can blame it on Lucy.