Home tour: A retro 1950s Pennsylvania home with some punk rock thrown in


And and her kitty!
And and her kitty!

The offbeat occupant: Ang — domestic goodess, baker of tasty things, reader of books, keeper of the kitties
Other occupants: Alex — fellow kitty keeper and awesome fiance, Roxy, and Finn
Approximate square footage: 1000-2000 sq. feet
How many bedrooms?2
Lives in: Sunbury, PA, United States

Let's start with the neighborhood. What's it like where you live? Our neighborhood is a nice little residential area not that far from town. Lots of nice old houses and peace and quiet.

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What's the most challenging about this space? How do you deal with the challenge? We have way too many books and music. Everything is still in boxes from when we moved in. We have a plan to turn one of the living room walls into a giant bookcase. I'm so excited about this. I want to get a library ladder.

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That door though!!!

As for all the music, I want to get a nifty card catalog-type thing to put everything in.

We also need to buy more furniture to fill up space in our living room.

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What's your favorite feature of your home? I love my kitchen. It's my favorite room in the house. It's our favorite place to hang out and the best restaurant in town.

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When Alex and I were house hunting, having a big kitchen with lots of counter space and storage was very important to us. My kitchen has plenty of both.

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What's the most important lesson you've learned from this home? I've learned that it's much more fun to cook at home when you have enough space for everyone to move around in.

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What's your grandest plan for the space? I want to get more furniture, come up with storage for all of our books and CD's, put art on all the walls, and landscape the outside of the house.

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retro bathroom

The inside is pretty much done, but the outside still needs work. I want to rip out all of the shrubs and plant new things. No more giant rhododendron!

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Any stuff or services you want to recommend? I'm a big fan of The Street of Shops in Lewisburg. That's where we found our kitchen table. There are a few places to get nifty antiques relatively close to where we live.

Show me the decor porn!

  1. NO NO NO NO don't get rid of the rhododendron! Give it to meeeeeee! I am so jealous. When we moved into our house we had a couple tiny rhods that looked like they had just been planted, and I was so excited to see them grow! Then our puppy decided that digging is the best and these things are the way make great chew toys… 🙁 Now I'll need to buy a new one, and it will still take forever to get as beautiful as yours. And apparently it's a lot of work to get them to grow properly in southern Ohio, but I dunno….

    Anyway, love your whole house! The colors are all awesome and go together very well!

  2. I am digging all of the awesome bright and bold paint colors! We're house hunting now and dreaming of paint colors is my favorite part of it! I also love the retro flair in the kitchen. I just looked at a place yesterday that had teal tile and matching teal Formica counter tops. The seller said "That can always be replaced with a better color" and I was like … why?! Who would say no to a teal kitchen? PLUS the light fixture left by the old owner in the dining room was a chandelier in the shape of … a bunch of grapes! I don't know if we're going to make an offer on the home … but I kind of want to make an offer on the grape lamp!
    I'm with you on tearing up the shrubs. We're not into landscaping or gardening and have agreed that anything that needs pruning is getting ripped out and replaced with either plain old grass!

  3. I'm gonna come right out and say that I'm super jealous that you have this lovely mid-century home. I am seriously pining for one of my own!

  4. I looove the wood doors and door frames. They're all replaced in my 1955 house and I hate the cheap ones that are there now. This post has inspired me to clean up my house and submit it for a tour.
    Also, several of the photos are missing. 🙁

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