In cold, dreary January, a little bit of retro-style color can be a welcoming sight in the kitchen. Pull out that flame-colored Dutch oven that's been hiding in the cupboard, or go on the hunt for some vintage or newstalgic canisters and cookware to brighten your home.
- ModCloth: This online indie clothing store has a surprisingly large inventory of apartment accessories. Shop here for bright, vintage-style cutlery, canisters, and teasets.
- Anthropologie: Well known for their French-flea-market look, Anthropologie carries colorful latte bowls, mugs, tea towels, and kitchen accessories.
- Brook Farm General Store: This Brooklyn-based store specializes in practical, durable objects for your home. Their webshop is full of wooden bowls and spoons, ceramic containers, and classic kitchen tools.
- Pyrex: Vintage Pyrex nesting bowls are colorful, durable classics ingrained with Brady-Bunch-era charm. You can still buy clear Pyrex prep bowls new (shop here), or shop for the real (vintage) deal on eBay, Etsy, or in thrift stores.
- Macy's: Macy's Cellar is a good source for Fiestaware in a bunch of different colorways. It frequently goes on sale, so check online to do some comparison shopping before buying.
- Etsy: Etsy's one of the best sources for vintage enamelware — particularly the popular Scandinavian ‘Lotus’ pattern, created by Grete Prytz for Catherineholm.
- Nigella Lawson: Her line of kitchenware comes in three different categories: classic, melamine, and flameware. Each has a retro look, and you can find them online through stores like Amazon and Cooking.com.
- Bauer Pottery: Los Angeles-based Bauer reproduces the mid-century styles of Russell Wright and other classic Californian tabeltop collections. Available in 15 different colorways, Bauer Pottery is known for its bright, high-gloss glaze. S
- Robert Henry Vintage: This Brooklyn-based online retailer has a unique collection of vintage kitchenware and tabletop, with a focus on lines from the 1960s and 70s (you'll find lots of golds, greens, and flame-colored pieces in the mix).
- TINI Store: Los Angeles-based TINI (aka This Is Not Ikea) has an ever-expanding inventory of mid-century pieces at reasonable prices. Their tabletop collection includes hundreds of vintage styles and brands.
- Sur La Table: This chain retailer carries most of the major contemporary retro-style retailers: Le Creuset, KitchenAid, Pyrex, etc. They also have a nice selection of aluminum tumblers and Parisian-style bistroware.
Updated by Mat Sanders on 1.16.12
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