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We are all about bringing your outdated spaces current to the modern age. We want you to love your surroundings and we strive to help you make that happen. You know this about us.

When we see orange shag carpet? Our take: “Rip it out!” Old-school floral wallpaper hanging in the bedroom? “Start scraping!” Those pastel-colored kitchen appliances from the 1970′s? “Um, no.”

So, that’s our usual stance at HGTV. But then, THEN — CNN.com introduced us (well, me) to “Time Capsule Houses.” And friends, they’re glorious. They’re so bad, and so wrong — that they’re wonderful. And apparently, there’s a market for them.

“Homes stuck in another century might seem like they’d be difficult to sell,” says CNN’s Henry Hanks. “But some buyers are interested in ‘time capsule houses’ — especially those built in the middle of the 20th century.”

Time Capsule Houses

A home in Kenthorst, Pa. built in 1965.

Time Capsule Houses

A well-maintained mid-century kitchen

Time Capsule Houses

Photos Courtesy CNN.com

My fellow blogger, Liz, pointed out that there’s an actual “retro reno” movement going on out there. Places like Retro Renovation will help you remodel and decorate your home in mid-century and vintage style.

What say you? Can you appreciate this resistance to modernize? Heck, are you someone who would actually purchase one of these homes? Let me know what you think.


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  6. domotion2011 says:

    We live in a 1952 time capsule with the original electric range and metal kitchen cabinets. Moved in 2012. Panoramic view of Lake Superior in Duluth MN. Shed style 12ft beamed ceilings. We are the second owner. The architect, builder owner lived here with her husband even when they were offered free housing when he became Chancellor at UMD. Great space then and now. We love this house!

  7. DBCoop says:

    I agree. While it's always fun to check out what others have ordered, make mine mid-century modern, but hold the formica countertops and avocado appliances please.

  8. Agreed on all of that! Having lived with formica (uggghhhh!!) I’d prefer to have none. Avocado? Really? They’re great for eating, beautification of the body- Not in my decor. As for MCM, I’ll take that -yes, please!

Grant DudleyGrant is the editor-in-chief of Design Happens and digital programming manager of HGTV.com. Despite growing up begging his mom not to ever drag him to another antique store, today his...


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