50s Style - Rose Seidler House

The style of the 1950s for many people is not a fad, it's a way of life.

The 1950s have had a lasting impression on the homes we live in and the way we style our houses. In the late 1940s, Rose Seidler summonsed her son Harry from New York to build her a house, at Wahroonga on Sydney's North Shore.

That famous house is known as Rose Seidler House. With its simple geometry, open planning and minimal colour scheme, the house gave Sydney's post-war public something to talk about, and something to gawk at, with people lining up sometimes four-deep to stare into this space age house of glass.

Now a house museum fully restored to its original glory, this retro masterpiece lives on to inspire retro homemakers. By today's standards there's not a lot of colour in the house, but where it is used, it is used to great effect. The kitchen was designed in 1948 and still looks as contemporary today. Bold primary colours, glass doors and stainless steel are the keys to a retro kitchen like this one. And it wouldn't be a 1950s' house without the classic furniture.

If this is your look, just a few of these retro touches could rocket your interior style into the next century.

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