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Saturday, January 15, 2011

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 Sunday Scribblings Prompt this week is " invisible"

Retro or Not?

Okay maybe I’m old. In spirit not so much! If a style comes around again, unless I loved it to begin with I really don’t want to experience it again! I loved the seventies, the peace sign hippy era and great memories of my youth! The flower power of the sixties, colors and movement you may see trickled into my art! However I am not a big fan of the retro furniture and household items like the kids are today…


Retro reminds me of an out dated grandmas house, with stinky old cigarette smoke laden walls. No matter how much you cleaned, or painted, seemingly invisible cigarette smoke embedded into everything that couldn’t be painted or wiped down. Unless of course you lived in a non smokers home and didn’t experience that. The mass majority smoked when I was a child, so it’s really surprising I had no desire to  try even one puff of a cigarette.

When I was a kid I would clean everything down to the stove element bowls. Even the drawer where residual crumbs from the breadboard ewww fell onto utensils would command my attention, but not the ashtray sitting in the middle of the table! I despised the smell of wet cigarette ashes married with water. The smell would linger on my hands for hours even after being washed. It was a pet peeve then, and still is!


My growing up years were spent sitting around a brown arborite table with rod iron legs, so when my kids wanted to buy an arborite table for our kitchen I was taken aback. My own mother hated wood tables reminding her of an old farm house in her early years. But I love them. Just last year I painted out my twenty year old raw oak dining room table black! Because we live communally I realized it wasn’t fair to infringe only my flavors into the house. Being as impartial as I could, I checked out the cute red table found at the thrift store, I could see the allure. Thankfully the arborite was faded and chipped! Even though I love our French legged freebie table that I revamped when times were tough, I’d like something rectangle, black, a bit smaller, in wood for the kitchen! With new set of chairs! Still looking… not interested in retro though!

12 comments:

Abigail Bunting said...

Illuminating work!
I don't like retro either...

oldegg said...

Been there and regretted throwing out what is now expensive (antique!)collectible furniture from the 1950's and 60's. Not that I would know where to put it now! It would have to go in the shed at the bottom of the garden!

It is the same with china! There on the shelf in the kitchen is the remnants of blue and white Cornish ware that we used rather than hid away! Worn and cracked but loved nevertheless.

Thanks for the memories!

Forgetfulone said...

I don't like a lot of the "retro" furniture, such as the sofas and tables they used on the Dick Van Dyke show! And the smell of stale smoke... I used to smoke, grew up around it, and since I quit years and year ago, I just can't imagine how I stood the smell! It seeps into your pores! Great post!

flaubert said...

Giggles, I love most anything, I have very eclectic taste. I wish I had some of the old pieces my mom had. I ended up with a corner chest and a bureau. I suppose I am lucky. I enjoyed reading your post.
Pamela

WarmSunshine said...

Innovation is always =good :)

A refreshing read... Stopping by from SS

Nita Jo said...

This one made me laugh. Even though I like some retro, I understand your distaste of it. The invisible smell of cigarettes... it permeated everything. My dad and my inlaws all smoked. Thankfully, no smokers in my home!

linda may said...

Oh Yuck Giggles, I grew up in a house where both parents smoked and so hated the smell of that too, and yes those yellowed walls eeeewww. I don't smoke for the same reasons as you, but my son has taken up the habit>>>>>>outside only.Some retro furniture can be cool, but it has to fit in, I have bits and bods that are treasured and I restored myself.

Altonian said...

We bought a 'retro' sofa recently - paid the earth for it. Had it in the house a few weeks (spare room) and then dumped it. If it can't be Sheraton or Hepplewhite, or Chippendale, it might as well be 2010 Suomi Sohva - which we bought.

Sandra said...

I'm with you. And what if retro tries to bring back the pouffy hair from the 80s! I have spent way too much money on hair straightening products to have that happen!

Beth Camp said...

What a blast from the past!!! Invisible cigarette smoke and all that retro! How interesting what we embrace and what we reject from our pasts. I'm not ready for hems that reach mid-calf and all those invisible barriers that made it so hard to get to school and then get a "real" job. Very fun read.

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

congratulations on your 100 follower mark!
off to read your posts now....

ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

Lilla Kullan ♥ Hemma på Landet said...

Like that photo.:-)
Stina

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