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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.

Joel Koyama, Dml - Star Tribune

Vintage vibe: 'Midcentury modest'

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD
  • Star Tribune
  • August 17, 2012 - 3:20 PM

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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