how to update vintage sunglasses

Read my tips for protecting your peepers in vintage style. It’s what Jayne and Joan would want!

That cabinet lined with old sunglasses at the thrift shop is like a candy counter for vintage fashion lovers like me. But I wouldn’t risk wearing those $10 Jackie O frames right away — they may not offer UV protection. Eye care is serious, and I’ve learned first-hand that updating vintage frames with radiation-blocking lenses can be a serious hassle and expense! Read on for my guide to safely and affordably updating your sunnies before pool party season.

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crafty lately: styling andrea’s art prints

Bonneville salt flats photos by Andrea Fremiotti
I love this pair shot on the salt flats in Bonneville, Utah.

Spring feels like the perfect time to take stock of your career and hatch new plans, right? Here at the Lustron, Andrea and I have been busy trying to better combine our talents to boost each other’s business. I’ve always helped with his photography studio’s communications and marketing, but I decided to tackle a new role for him: fine art pusher. I’ve been styling his personal work for product photos around our house, building an online store, and reaching out to galleries. Andrea gravitates toward geometric and abstract forms in nature, so our midcentury furnishings make good companions. Carry on for more photos!

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my first article for dwell

The Sarvis residence designed by Dencity. Photo by Raftermen Photography.

Dwell, my favorite shelter magazine, just published about 200 words by yours truly on its blog. I covered a wing-roofed Atlanta home with cantilevered sections that appears ready for flight. You can read the article and see six more photos here. Also, I toured the home in 2013 as part of Modern Atlanta and posted a roundup of my favorite design moments here.

As my time continues to shake loose from retail concerns, I’m relishing the chance to write seriously again. Having my first comeback in Dwell after a literary dormancy feels like closing a circle, because my old roommate PJ gave me my first copy of Dwell when I was writing a craft book in 2002. The modern interiors gave me a direction for Abode a la Mode’s “cheap chic” projects, and the magazine has been shaping my personal aesthetic ever since. I’m proud to be a part of it and will keep you posted on future articles!

modern ‘hood: lavista park, atlanta

gray ranch with chartreuse door

LaVista Park may have bumped Northcrest as my favorite atomic neighborhood in Atlanta. Why? Location, location, location! While Northcrest has more Brady Bunch-worthy ranches per block, it’s up in the sleepy suburb of Doraville. LaVista Park, sandwiched between busy Briarcliff and Cheshire Bridge Roads, is a short drive or bike ride to some of the best restaurants, shops, and parks in central Atlanta. Here are 9 midcentury and contemporary abodes that caught my eye on an afternoon drive. All photos were taken by me while standing on public property.




click to see 5 more modern homes!

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portraits of today’s lustron owners

All photos in this post by Chuck Mintz

When you live in a Lustron, you’re part of a story. The tale begins in 1948, when the Lustron Corporation debuted its prefabricated, all-steel homes manufactured in a former airplane plant in Columbus, Ohio. The company imagined an American landscape drenched in seafoam, pink, harvest gold, and the other enamel hues of its mail-order ranches, but it sold only about 2,500 over three years.

Photographer Charles “Chuck” Mintz picks up the Lustron story today, documenting people who are holding onto these quirky, increasingly rare homes. He has traveled the country over the past couple years shooting portraits of more than 100 inhabitants. After the jump, I’ll show you more samples from his series, including his shot of me and Andrea on our patio!

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