January 29, 2015

Seriously?  Decor of the 1970s is going to make a comeback?

Can you spot the refrigerator in this kitchen:

,My parents had a velour bedspread.  It was so soft and cuddly.

Occasionally you can find older houses listed
for sale that still have wall with glass squares:

Scandinavian inspired fireplaces were big in the 70s.

Is it me or does this fireplace resemble Darth Vader?

Regardless of how you feel about 1970s decor, you
have to admit that it was definitely colorful and bold.

January 28, 2015

Did you know. . . . . . . . 

 that antique and vintage medicinal products and
containers have become even more collectible?

Listerine was invented 134 years ago but it took 75 years for it to find its niche in the mouth
wash industry.  When first introduced to the public Listerine was hawked as a surgical antiseptic,
later as an additive to cigarettes, a feminine hygiene product, a cure for the common cold,
and a dandruff treatment.

The 1902 Sears Roebuck catalog offered Dr. Rose's
"magical wafers" for help with their customers' complexions.
Unfortunately, they also contained traces of arsenic.

"For Children During Nursing and Teething"
Ever heard of Soothing Syrup?  It was removed from the market in 1938 after
being sold across the counter for almost 90 years.  Each fluid ounce contained
65 mg of morphine.  Other active ingredients were cannabis, heroin, powdered
opium and ammonia.  Practically sold itself! 

The next time you reach for a Bayer aspirin remember that the company
started out as marketers of medicinal heroin.  Originally sold as a cough
suppressant for children, Bayer's heroin was suppose to be a non-addictive
alternative to morphine.  By 1913 hospitals were seeing so many children
addicted to the 'medicine' that Bayer was forced to stop production.

This 100 year old bottle of Dr. Pierce's Favorite Prescription is priced at $18 on eBay.

This lot of 3 vintage pharmaceuticals is currently priced at $16.

This cough syrup contained over 10% alcohol!

Alcohol was also one of Dr. Kilmer's secret ingredients.

You might have needed Cann's Kidney Cure if 
you took too much of Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root.

This impressive lot of glass bottles and jars is available for
$95 on eBay.  You can acquire an entire collection in one click!

Bottles with original labels are much more collectible.

Chloroform was an active ingredient
in Hayes' Healing Honey Compound.

The next time you visit a flea market keep an eye out for collectible
medical jars and containers.  Just make sure they're empty.

January 27, 2015

Close your eyes.

Now imagine if you had an extra room in your house that
was just yours and you could do anything in it you wanted.

Oh, yeah.

 Cat Transit System

These craft rooms are amazing:

An office-craft-reading room.  I love it!

 A rock climbing wall?  Ummm, no.

Your private room could be hidden behind a bookshelf.

How 'bout a sunken-floor media room
tucked up under the rafters?

Isn't this a completely amazing laundry room?  I know, I know - our imaginary
rooms aren't suppose to be practical but, come on.  This is an awesome laundry room.

Almost as awesome as this dressing room:
The counter of the island is glass so that
you can see what's in the top drawers.  Wow.

 A two-story closet.  I'd need an elevator!

Ahhhhh. . . . . . I'm relaxed already.

Indoor trampoline - I think we have a winner!

It doesn't hurt to dream, does it?