Vintage Inspiration: Sixties Style Restored Phone

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Sixties Style Restored Phone

A few weeks ago, I offered a simple, eco-chic decorating tip: Use Vintage Furniture. As it turns out, there are lots of other home decor products that have stood the test of time and can be restored and/or repurposed to fit right in with our modern lifestyles.  And this Sixties Style Restored Phone from Uncommon Goods is a perfect example. I’ll start with the disclaimer that it is sold out, but I wanted to feature it simply for inspiration.

It is a relic straight from the days when Kennedy was president — in other words, well before my time. It is an actual Siemens telephone model from the 1960s that has been restored by hand. Essentially, the shell of the phone is all original, but the microphone and other internal parts take advantage of more sophisticated modern technology. And the chic baby blue color makes it a great fit for a bedroom decorated in vintage Hollywood glam style, a whimsical teen room or an eclectic office.

My mother actually still owns one of these old-school rotary style phones. This makes it very tempting to find someone to restore it. I don’t know about you, but if I can make my phone an integral part of my decor instead of blending into the background, I’d like to jump at the chance.  If you’re willing to do the legwork to find one of these relics at a local antique shop or yard sale, here’s your chance to do the same.

Why It’s Green:

  • Restoring vintage objects reduces the demand for and the need to manufacture new products

Price: Whatever it costs you to find your own phone to restore.

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  • Sherry October 12, 2008, 5:30 am

    I love this. I have a friend that restores phones, mostly the old timey kind that hang on the wall. I have my grandmother’s phone from the 50’s. Black and clunky, but I love it. I have the number dial from one they had much older that I have turned into a magnet. Also have a couple of phones my parents had in the 70’s. Love your website.

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