Thursday, January 9, 2014

Poodle Perfect Pyrex - Part One!

It's a new year Poodles!!!

And this year I have decided that I WILL finish projects!! I WILL NOT procrastinate!!! I WILL post more!!!


I wrote that last week.

I may need this… HA!!!
*sigh* Oh well, maybe next year.


Anyhoo, I am working on finishing one project…

…my kitchen!!

It is ridiculously hard to make a modern/tract house kitchen look vintage. But I'm trying. Hehe!

California is full of beautiful old houses; mid-century, art deco, bungalow… you name it, we have it. But we also have one of the nation's highest cost of living rates.

And I say BOO to that!

To buy a vintage home in my town, would cost somewhere in the region of $500,000 to $1 million. Yep, $1 million. For a two bedroom, one bathroom home, that most likely needs extensive remodeling work. That's California for ya.

Since I don't have that kind of cash (ha!!!), I've set about turning my suburban tract home into my mid-century masterpiece.

With that in mind, and with an awesome new hutch to fill, I've been slowly but surely collecting vintage kitchenware. Including….


I have never seen that yellow pineapple casserole,
have you Poodles?? Or that white space saver??
Pyrex oh Pyrex, how I do heart thee!!!

With it's milky glass interior and brightly glazed exterior, Pyrex brings bright cheer to kitchen shelves.

Working on my kitchen collection! 
But it isn't just Pyrex that fills my vintage loving heart with joy! Fire King, Federal Glass, Hazel Atlas… I love it all!! Beautiful, durable pieces that continue to charm.

Fire King Dream Sets!!
It can be quite expensive to collect vintage glassware, so I do what I do best…I thrift!! Hehe! And obsessively check eBay and Etsy for those single pieces I can't ever find in store.

$2.49??!!! What?! If only…
While you might not find that flawless, complete set of nesting bowls you've been lusting after, you will find one or two lovely pieces to take home. And your collection will grow and grow!

Cinderella Bowls!!!
I love the Gooseberry and Butterprint patterns!
I only have that one Delphite Fire King teacup, but isn't it delightful?
It pairs perfectly with my banded Petalware bowl. 
Every single piece in this picture was thrifted,
mainly from Goodwill!!
My Verde Cinderella bowls were pieced together through thrifting,
as were the divided Snowflake casseroles.
The gorgeous Gooseberry Pink bowls were given to me
by the lovely Lulu!
Just thrifted these beauties!
Atomic Dots by Federal Glass on the left.
Hot 'n' Cold Chip bowl by Pyrex on the right.
And don't be afraid to snatch up a bowl that may look damaged; I've got some tips that may help save those thrift store finds!

But that's for tomorrow… or next week…or…


  1. Wonderful collections! No, I've never seen the pineapple or the white space saver either!
    I found a pink space saver this week but it has some grease damage I've yet to get off.
    I look forward to reading your tips!

    1. Hint: Bar Keepers Friend! But used sparingly. ;) It has saved many a bowl for me.
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

  2. I am all for making new look old. When I owned my late 70s home, I completely tore out the kitchen. I scoured Craigslist for people who were gutting their old kitchens and giving away the cabinets. The only problem is that the carpenter who built the homes back then, also built IN the cabinets. So, many times the cabinets can be damaged when the are removed.

    But, I still managed to find pieces here and there to fill my kitchen - for free! Nothing like the solid wood cabinetry of decades past, unlike the laminate that is so common today.

    So, having your dream kitchen in a modern home can be done. :D

    1. Wait, you owned a home?! what, when, and where? ;)

  3. I am swooning right now! I wanna shop by you hehehe So far finding no goodies in NY thrift stores-sucksssssssssssss boo!!!! Keep working on your vintage home-I love it! xox

    1. Thrifting has been soooo good lately- which is NOT good for someone trying to save for Italy!! AKA me! ;)

  4. I wish you the best of luck in getting your "house in order" We tried to get an Eichler home back in the 60's and couldn't afford one--cant imagine what they cost today.If your not familiar with this builder/designer/check him and his wonderful work out. You jut may get an idea or two!!

    1. I love Eichler homes! I live just outside Marin County, where there are many Eichler developments. I have always wanted to live in a house with those soaring windows looking out onto the perfect pool!! ;)
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

  5. Gasp! Swoon! Sigh!!! :) Oh my word, what a seriously stellar collection you have!!! I had to scroll through all the photos in this great post three times - one or two times simply wasn't enough to really soak up all the awesomeness in them!

    Best of luck with your kitchen decor plans, honey - you have a great eye for yesteryear style and I know your kitchen will look flat out amazing once completed.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Awww thanks Jess!!! My husband will never let me touch the actual design portion of the house ("resale value"-bleh!), but the decor is helping! ;)
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

  6. Love this post as I love Pyrex, Fireking, etc too. I have collected the green daisy Pyrex bowls. They make me happy every time I look at them. In my previous house I had the perfect vintage 40s/50s kitchen and I still miss it. Now, in my 1838 built house, I find it hard to get the retro look I really want. It is more hodge podge now. But that works for me too.

    I found your blog through Instagram. It looks like you are friends with a person very dear to my heart--Nina. Small world.

    1. Yay for Nina friends!!! ;) I call her Cousin Nina, and count her as my family! She is coming in March for a visit, and I can't wait!!
      Pyrex always makes me happy too; the designs are so bright and cheerful! My house is definitely a hodge podge too, but like you said, it works!
      Sooo nice to meet you!
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn