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    Visit to the Rutan-Beckett House - a 50's Time Capsule

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    Stepping Back in time - I was recently invited to visit the Rutan-Beckett House in Conference House Park and meet with John Kilcullen , the Conference House Park Director. We discussed collaborating on 1950's themed projects at this wonderful time capsule home.

    The Rutan-Beckett House, built about 1850, remained in the Rutan family until 1910, but after a period of abandonment, the Beckett family purchased the house and remodeled and modernized it in the 1950s, which is how the house remains today.  The kitchen includes the Tappen Oven and Dishwasher which was installed in the 50's  I imagine it was quite a convenience back then.  They are both in prime shape, ready to prepare a family dinner. 

    The living room has that comfortable, ready for relaxing look with Colonial Revival style furniture so popular in the the 50's.  I can picture the family sitting down to talk, look at vacation slides, or play the board games found in the playroom upstairs.  It's like they just stepped away, and the house is ready for them to walk back in.

    Here's a look at our tour of the Rutan- Beckett house, which is still under renovation, but will be opened in the near future. Stay tuned ....

    Rutan-Beckett House Conference House Park, Staten Island NY, Living Room   Rutan-Beckett House Conference House Park, Staten Island NY, Kitchen with 1950s Tappen Stove and Dishwasher   Rutan-Beckett House Conference House Park, Staten Island NY, Playroom with 1950's toys

    Learn more at http://conferencehouse.org/gallery/historic-houses/the-rutan-beckett-house/

    Prepping for a Pin Up Photo Shoot at the Paramount Theater

    I  was recently invited to provide the retro clothing and styling on a pinup photo shoot with photographer Christine Cruz, model Audrey Green Eyes, and hair stylist Fabiana of Fab Hair at the Paramount Theater in Staten Island.  The Theater opened in 1930 and was one of Staten Island’s grandest movie palace. It's constructed in the art [...]

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