The retro look with a throwback in interior furnishings to the 1950's is a popular trend in interior design. Betsy Ruppert-Kan, left, and husband Dan Ruppert-Kan at the bar area of their Robbinsdale home.

Marlin Levison, Star Tribune

Vintage vibe: True to the time

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD
  • Star Tribune
  • August 17, 2012 - 5:23 PM

Retro fans: Betsy and Dan Ruppert-Kan.

The house: A 1959 split-level in Robbinsdale.

Disconnect: After the family moved in, they filled the home with traditional furniture from their previous house, but it didn't feel right, said Betsy. When they bought a 1960s egg-shaped orange chair at a church sale, "I realized that style fit our house," she said. Soon the couple discovered Atomic Ranch magazine and were hooked on midcentury modern design and architecture.

Cool features: Two-sided buff brick fireplace between the kitchen and living room and the original NuTone food center built inside the kitchen counter.

Seamless mix: "Midcentury design is timeless," said Betsy. "It goes well with today's contemporary furniture from places like Room & Board and Crate & Barrel."

Treasured pieces: Broyhill Brazilia dining-room table with matching hutch and Broyhill Sculptra bed headboard and nightstands. "We like the clean lines and the repeating geometric patterns of midcentury furniture," said Dan.

Hot ticket: It took the couple four years to find a 1960s-era wood wall unit to hold their flat-screen TV.

Supply and demand: "Everyone seems to be cleaning out Grandma's basement, so there's still a lot of supply," said Betsy. "But no one's giving anything away."

Eye of the beholder: Betsy was born in the 1960s, but grew up in an old farmhouse, not a midcentury home. "My siblings think it's old crap," she said. "But it's novel to me, and I think it's beautiful."

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