Vintage vibe: 'Midcentury modest'

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 17, 2012 - 3:20 PM
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Detail in Jon and Trixi Hunt"s in living room. Retro Renovators Jon and Trixi Hunt have restored their home back to the 1960s. Robbinsdale, MN. July 13, 2012.

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Retro fans: Trixi and Jon Hunt. The 1960s is their favorite design era, said Trixi. "We like the streamlined Jet Age look that indicates motion and progress," said Jon.

The house: A "midcentury modest" 1962 bungalow in Robbinsdale painted Pepto-Bismol pink. "It's a house a regular dude would have lived in," said Jon.

Inspired by: Their friend Jake Rudh's midcentury modern flat-roofed abode filled with sleek retro furnishings. (Rudh founded the popular Facebook group Twin Cities Midcentury Modern [TC- MCM]; his home was featured in last Sunday's Homes section.) "Jake's house is so cool," said Jon. "The inside matches the outside."

Groovy find: 1967 Chromcraft laminate and chrome table with black vinyl chairs in pristine condition for $40 from a thrift store.

Biggest splurge: A vintage 1970s Preway cone fireplace for $200.

Back-to-the-'60s kitchen: "I really like the NuTone food center because it symbolized the kitchen of the future," said Trixi.

Pretty in pink: They transformed a "greige" bathroom to peachy pink by scraping white glaze off the originally pink-hued tub and adding a pink toilet and sink. Trixi hung atomic starburst vintage wallpaper. Next to the sink is a pink Lady Sunbeam women's razor.

Authentic retro: "You know its real midcentury furniture, not a reproduction, by the construction, the walnut stain and tapered legs with a metal tip," said Jon.

Awesome deal: $9 for an Adrian Pearsall side table with glass top.

Still looking for: "A good vintage rug. They're hard to find because they go through so much wear and tear," said Trixi.

Favorite haunts: Thrift stores and salvage yards such as Bauer Brothers in Minneapolis, ReStore in New Brighton, Findfurnish in Minneapolis and online websites such as Etsy, eBay and Craigslist.

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