13 Things That Instantly Take You Back to Your Grandma’s House

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a crocheted toilet paper holder in the wild.

Whenever I’m feeling down, I think of my grandmother’s house. Particularly, her kitchen. There, sunlight that came in through the cherry-print cafe curtains, which coordinated with the vintage fruit-print wallpaper and the fruit-print tablecloth. (Coordinating was a big trend among grandmothers.) It’s an image that’s immediately comforting.

Whether your grandmother went for a similar theme or had a very different taste in decor, you were likely to see at least one of the following sights in her home.

1 Pink-Tiled Bathrooms

Whether the home was built in the 1920s or the 1950s, a pink bathroom was likely part of the decor scheme.

2 Toilet Rugs

Because, of course, the toilet tank needed to look cozy.

3 Plastic Carpet Protectors

carpet covers

Everyone remembers running around their grandma’s and accidentally tripping on these flooring covers, revealing the pointy (and painful!) side underneath.


4 A Plastic Orange Pitcher

These pitchers were often found filled with sweet tea, lemonade or just ice cold water on a hot summer day.

5 Matching Storage Containers

What’s an orange pitcher without a matching storage container, complete with those iconic ribs on the lid?

6 Crocheted Toilet Paper Dolls

They added a, shall we say, whimsical element to a necessity. (The GenerationX blog has even more where that came from.)

7 Formal Bedspreads

They gave the guest room a more formal feel (and you can still get them today at The Vermont Country Store).

8 Vinyl Slip Covers

Not every grandmother used one, but enough did. How else to keep the kids away from the antique davenport? Vintage Allies has more than you thought you needed to know about these relics.

9 Shelf Liner

It brought a little bit of cheery pattern to cabinets.

10 Tiered Curtains

Perfect for kitchens or bathrooms, these curtains added a little frill without blocking light. (You can find this set at Overstock.)

11 Crochet Blankets

They showed off her crochet talents and kept you warm at night. And for that they’re timeless — we bet you still have one of these today.

12 China Cabinets

Its magical contents were only touched on holidays.

13 Decorative Wall Plates

Whether commemorating a historical event, a work of art or showing off a particularly beautiful pattern, these plates were for admiring.


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