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I have found these books and websites useful, educating, and entertaining. Click below and see what you think.

Interesting Reading

Bill Bryson “At Home, A Short History of Private Life” Random House 2011
Just about everything you ever wanted to know about every and anything related to the home.  Fascinating Reading!

Kevin McCloud “Choosing Colors” Watson-Guptill 2007
Selecting colors can be challenging. What makes this book helpful is that it has all the primary and secondary color palettes as well as multiple color scheme palettes and palettes from the 1920-1970’s. Also very interesting explanations of the origination of colors.

Earl Swift “The Big Roads” HMC 2011
An interesting story of the engineers, visionaries, and trailblazers who created the American superhighway, really part of the modern history of how we all got to where we are now.


Arts & Crafts Homes
Offers expert advice and perspective for those building, renovating, or furnishing a home in the Arts and Crafts spirit. This website covers contemporary practitioners as well as the historical antecedents of the continuing Arts and Crafts movement.

Retro Renovation
Your daily dose of mid-century remodeling resources… home design inspiration… thrifty finds… and a generous community of people passionate about their vintage and postwar homes – “modern” and “modest” alike. Retro Renovation — Products and ideas to remodel your mid century home in authentic vintage style.

The Mid-Century Modernist
This site is a tribute to the mid-century modern movement as both a historical milestone and a living ideal, reflected in today’s best furniture, architecture, and design.

Atomic Ranch
Atomic Ranch celebrates mid-century houses—from 1940s ranch tracts to 1960s architect-designed modernist homes. With an emphasis on affordable solutions and homeowner renovations, our quarterly magazine shows you how to make your house cool, both inside and out.

Mid Century Style Magazine
An online magazine offering resources for remodeling and restoring 50′s and 60′s homes. You will find links to blogs and other helpful places. Focus on a lifestyle that includes kids, a budget, etc.