How to Decorate With Coca-Cola Collectibles

You can decorate a home or a restaurant with Coca-Cola collectibles. They also look quite smart in a corner store.

Not many people know this but aside from the famous apple red coolers and fridges with the logo on them the corporation also makes a lot of vintage style furniture. It makes high checker stools and also vintage pub style stools and all in red leather. They also make styles where the logo appears in a checker pattern on the table or on the stools as well as many variation of the classic pub style.

The company makes all kinds of little gizmos and gadget that would look great in a party room, kitchen or home bar or in a real bar or fifties style diner. A favorite is the wall mounted Vitnage Coca Cola Bottle opener or the boxy style of manual opener that has a cap catcher. You can also get napkin dispensers, toothpick dispensers, tin canisters, wood chalk boards, trays, sugar dispensers, napkins, paper towels and other kitchen diner type standard fixtures with the logo on them. You can even get cute little miniature glass salt and pepper shakers that look like miniature green coke bottles.

The company also makes some pretty nice clocks and lamps. One desk lamp has a shade that looks like the famous coca-cola tin can. Another attractive lamp shade features the retro coke girl in bikini on a beach. You can also get neon fifties style clocks that glow a candle apple red. Also very nostalgic and reminiscent of seventies and eighties styles of décor is the tiffany lamp and stained glass pendant lamp styles that come with the coca cola logo on them.

Always in the demand is the giant round red “Drink Coca-Cola” sign that has a red background and a glowing white “Drink Coca-Cola” with a neon star on it.

You can also get many different mirror styles, included mirrors with lights that have the Coke logos on them. Many of them boast famous images from the fifties including a waitress with a tray or the young fifties couple having fun while drinking a glass of coke. The company also sells retro-reproductions of all of its famous canvas wall art including pictures of families picnicking, students snacking and drinking coke and soda fountain images. The company calls this line of art their “Great Taste” art.

How to Decorate Your Lawn with Pink Flamingos

Plastic pink flamingos are very tacky but also very cool. It is one of those lawn ornaments that are very much associated with American iconic kitsch. The pink flamingo has been around about sixty years and ever since they were invented there has always been debate about whether or not they were eyesores.

Pink Flamingos were originally made by a company called Union Products that started making them in 1946. It was part of their “Plastics for the Lawn” series. The company did not just make flamingos. They also made ducks, dogs and frogs. These first flamingos were not three dimensional. They were more like “signs” with flamingos painted on them.

In 1956 a company in Massachusetts called the Leominster hired a designer named Don Featherstone who figured out how to make the figurines into three dimensional free standing sculptures. The flamingos were based on figures found in photos in National Geographic. The original legs were wooden but when they proved to be too expensive they were replaced by metal legs. They were very popular ornaments in the 1950s and today, whether fixed in your garden or on your wall as an object of art, they are considered to be part of retro-chic.

One of characteristics of the pink flamingo is that it is hot pink. Lurid colors were popular in the fifties but there was a reaction against plastics and false things in the sixties that made the pink flamingos less popular.

Decorating with them me simple and nowadays they are easy to get through mail order and in stores. If you want an authentic Flamingo buy one that has Don Featherstone’s signature impressed under the tail. A true pink flamingo has a yellow beak with a black tip and authentic flamingo sets are sold in twos. The pair should include one with a long neck and one with a shorter neck. The legs should be wire. If you are buying a single flamingo or one with an orange beak or wooden leg you are not buying the official antique.

When it comes to Pink Flamingos just two will do. However quite a unique effect can be created by decorating your yard with an entire flock of them. You can also put them on your condo or apartment balcony. Pink flamingos also make a humorous statement at the office.

Some people like to dress up their pink Flamingos for the season. They dress them up in Santa Suits and also give them Reindeer Horns.