Historical Bathroom Photos

Ideas for period perfect bungalow bathrooms

Bathrooms, Inspiration

I have been researching historical photos for ideas to help us when we tackle our bathroom. The photos are taken from magazines, books and online sources covering the early 1900′s to the 1920′s. Most of the photos focus on the early years during that time span.

These rooms may look sterile to our modern eyes, but they were the high-end bathrooms of their day with all the bells and whistles.

Bathrooms were mainly white to appear clean and sanitary.

Wood trim, a wood toilet seat and a rug or two did occasionally sneak in. I really like the window in the above photo.

The bathroom on the right features square tiles on the floor and walls instead of the hex and subway tile more commonly associated with that time period.

Isn’t the tile in the bathroom shown on the right amazing?

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Comments { 23 } March 2, 2004

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Get inspired to create your own vintage bathroom

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Does anyone know what this is? My thought is it is used to catch water so that someone could pour water from it to wash their hair, but I am not sure?

 
 

 

 

 

 

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Comments { 25 } March 3, 2004

Art Deco Bathrooms

Bathrooms, Inspiration

We have been getting a few posts lately about people redoing their bathrooms. So, in that spirit I have decided to post some pictures from “New Ideas For Bathrooms” published by Crane in the late 1920s. Enjoy!

 

 

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Comments { 6 } March 4, 2004

The Green House

Inspiring Arts & Crafts and bungalow exterior paint color combinations

Exteriors, Inspiration, Paint

Green house located in the West Adams section of Los Angeles.
Green house located in the West Adams section of Los Angeles.

When I was a little girl, for a short time I lived in a 1920′s house that was painted olive green. The house was called the Bilz Farm but to me it was always “The Green House.” When David and I started looking for a house three years ago we weren’t even sure what type of house we wanted, but I knew I wanted to paint our future home green.

Olive green body color, cream trim, brown and ox blood red accent colors
Olive green body color, cream trim, brown and ox blood red accent colors

Above is one of my favorite green exterior paint jobs in West Adams.

We removed some beadboard panels in the sleeping porch of our house and discovered original clapboard siding that was stained green! It seemed like fate. I spent my free time looking at paint samples, pouring over books, magazines and historical publications agonizing over just the right shade of green to paint our house.

Two toned green exterior with cream trim and peach colored accents. West Adams.
Two toned green exterior with cream trim and peach colored accents. West Adams.

After driving David crazy for months, “Are you sure you like this shade? What about this one?” I finally selected what I considered to be the perfect shade of green. I painted the siding around the bottom of the porch in what became known as Favorite Green. One of our neighbors stopped by to let me know it was the ugliest shade of army green she had ever seen. Two weeks later, another neighbor 3 houses down painted their house almost the same shade as Favorite Green.

Olive body, dark olive brown trim, and burnt red accent color. West Adams.
Olive body, dark olive brown trim, and burnt red accent color. West Adams.

We began to notice all the green houses in our area. A surprising number of restored houses in our area end up painted some shade of green. We are considering replacing all the cedar shingles along the top story and staining them a chestnut color and painting the clapboard siding on the first story creamy tan. We would do this so that our house would be different, but I’m having a hard time letting go of green. In my heart I still desire The Green House.

Green exterior. West Adams area of Los Angeles, CA.
Green exterior. West Adams area of Los Angeles, CA

Comments { 8 } March 7, 2004

Historical Kitchens

Ever wonder what your bungalow kitchen used to look like?

Inspiration, Kitchens

If you live in an old home, and are like me, you are probably curious what your kitchen looked like almost 100 years ago. I have been researching historical publications, magazines, books and online sources for ideas to help us when we restore our kitchen. These images span the early 1900′s to the late 1920′s, but primarily focus on the earlier years.

On thing that I found very interesting is that refrigerators or ice boxes are often shown integrated into a wall or cabinetry. This “trend” is considered modern in kitchen design today. Ha!

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Comments { 19 } March 21, 2004

Unpainted Historical Kitchens

Some kitchens were natural wood

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Not all 1900-1920’s kitchens were painted. Although less common, some kitchen cupboards were natural wood.

Very simple kitchen layout.

Built-in cupboards.

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Comments { 1 } March 22, 2004

Historic Garage Examples

Get inspired by these bungalow garages

Garages, Inspiration


Garages of the 1920’s

A project looming way in the future, but a project none the less, is our garage. The original owner of our house, John L. Welsh, built a private garage with a dirt floor and a paper roof in 1919. That building is no longer standing.


Aren’t the doors on this garage beautiful?

A newer, larger garage was built a few years ago. The garage takes up most of the backyard. The cement lawn probably makes our garage appear even larger and uglier. Yards in Los Angeles tend to be small and filling in the backyard with cement is actually a fairly popular thing to do.


Designs for one, two and three car garages.

People often use the space for an outdoor patio. The previous owners of this house used the cement lawn to park their cars on. Growing up in the Midwest where green lawns covered acres and mowing took half a day, I find the cement lawns appallingly ugly.

I’ll post some pictures of our ugly garage and cement lawn soon. In the mean time, enjoy these vintage garage photos and illustrations that we are using for inspiration.


This charming illustration is from an Aladdin catalog.

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Comments { 8 } March 29, 2004

Customized Commercial Refrigerator

Inspiration, Kitchens,

Customized Commercial Refrigerator
Custom designed refrigerator from Klondike Case

If I had $4000 burning a hole in my pocket I know what I’d be tempted to spend it on!

These are beautifully handcrafted oak, maple, cherry or hickory wood refrigerator cases from Klondike Case. The craftsmanship is amazing and would look right at home in an old fashioned kitchen.

Comments { 0 } August 11, 2004

Security Door Inspiration

Seeking security solutions that are beautiful

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We are lucky enough to live in a neighborhood with many beautiful older homes. I often drive by the Perrine House which has been declared a Historical-Cultural Monument by the city of Los Angeles. I have always been struck by how nice their front door looks.

The screen door has been modified by adding a metal grill. While this has the benefit of providing security, an issue in our neighborhood, it looks much more attractive than the metal beast of a security door gracing the front of our house.

If you look closely, you’ll see that the decorative flourishes of the metal grill work mimick the pattern found in the stained glass windows in the door and side lights.

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Comments { 3 } January 26, 2005

Kitchen Ads (1920s)

I love those old cast iron farmhouse sinks

Inspiration, Kitchens

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Comments { 14 } May 22, 2005