Fifties Rock ‘n’ Roll Retro Kitchen

A rock star’s personal collection of retro furnishings jump-started the decoration of some 1950s vacation cabins.

Boomerang-pattern Formica is a period favorite, and has been re-released.

Photos by Steve Gross & Susan Daley

This property was purchased as an investment, sort of. “Kate thought it would be fun to decorate, and open a lodging— ‘how hard could it be?’ It was hard!” says Monica. “We’re both still learning, and we have an amazing staff of three.”

The Lazy Meadow Motel is actually a group of small 1950s cabins, each decorated with vintage furnishings, including colorful mid-century kitchens. “You can bake a cake or roast a turkey in them,” Kate says—and all the cabins come stocked with cocktail shakers.

Kate Pierson’s turquoise kitchen is all vintage, from the metal cabinets to the Pyrex.

Steve Gross & Susan Daley

Kate is Kate Pierson of the rock band the B-52s. Monica Coleman oversees day-to-day operations for this and their two other lodging properties. Guests, many of them regulars, come from all over the world to stay in their favorite suites. “We get B-52s fans, and people from Japan to New Zealand who have read about us,” says Monica. “Our hospitality really is a from-the-heart offering that touches people. A lot of guests make the bed before they leave! But we do change the sheets.”

Colorful tiles were handmade by the artisan duo Phillip Maberry and Scott Walker (whose own house was the location for the B-52s’ “Love Shack” video).

The fabulous furnishings are mostly local finds from auctions, yard sales, and little shops in the area. The turquoise kitchen cabinets came from a salvage yard. Guests themselves often provide leads for good vintage pieces.

And while on tour, Kate Pierson finds stuff at flea markets. She spied several Airstream trailers on a drive one day; now they’re at Lazy Meadow, all decorated to the period. Rooms are regularly updated with new pottery, art, and furniture: “We love to shop!”

The partners, who live in nearby Woodstock, also love calling the Catskills home.

Lazy Meadow Motel
Mount Tremper, NY
(845)688-7200
lazymeadow.com


Tags: kitchens mid-century modern New York OHI May/June 2010 Old-House Interiors Patricia Poore retro Steve Gross & Susan Daley vintage

By Patricia Poore

Patricia Poore is Editor-in-chief of Old-House Journal and Arts & Crafts Homes, as well as editorial director at Active Interest Media’s Home Group, overseeing New Old House, Traditional Building, and special-interest publications. 

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