vintage tech

In the process of decorating our new apartment, I began thinking about how ugly most of my tech products are. Though of course they’re all far too functional to live without (I’ve come to terms with the fact that we’ll never be that couple who “doesn’t own a tv”), they do a great job of taking some of the charm out of our older West Village space. Our televisions run cords all over the place, we have computer chargers and phone chargers hanging out of every outlet, and our laptops are constantly strewn on the couch or bed. Yuck.

So that brings me to today’s post… This is our first apartment that we have a landline in and I’m tempted to purchase one of those great 1920s style rotary phones. I’ve always had a serious crush and this seems like the perfect excuse! Though these are a bit out of my price range, I’m sure I can hunt something down.

Have you come across any of these beauties recently? And while we’re at it, do you have any tips or tricks for hiding some of your decidedly less charming technology?

vintage phones available through russell johnson imports and 1st dibs here & here
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  • http://twitter.com/RaianaSchwenker Raiana Schwenker

    Check Etsy! I have a few of these on my favourites list and they are priced around $50!!

  • Samantha Penner

    Oh my gosh Sarah you HAVE to get a vintage phone. It would be so adorable! All of your picks are great- I love that white and gold one best!

  • Will @ Bright.Bazaar

    How fun – love the black and gold one. I say: go for it!

  • victoria | vmac+cheese

    So funny — growing up my family had a fabulous rotary phone. As soon as wireless phones became all the rage, that thing went straight to Goodwill. It makes me so bummed now — it was olive green and so mid-century.

  • McKenna Ryan

    These are so great!! I have already planned on buying one when I get a home phone line. Thanks for the inspiration.
    http://lynnandlou.blogspot.com/

  • Elizabeth // The Now

    I saw this on Pinterest and was dying!! SO cute! Maybe I needed to start using our land line again!! xoxo
    P.S. Make sure to check out the giveaway that The Now and Swirl are hosting. It’s for a $50 J. Crew gift card.

  • ashley

    i absolutely LOVE vintage phones! you can also find some great ones on etsy!

  • http://twitter.com/beach_citylife Teri Roughen

    I often see the rotary dials at flea markets and stop to look them over. I also hate cords,etc and often lament to my husband that “someday I want nothing with a cord and I’ll just read by the fire for my entertainment!” Meanwhile I’m still on my computer 24/7 and have an addiction to the RHONY. Teri

  • Ashley | ashinine.com

    Man, I love these. Our local massive antique mall has an entire wall dedicated to vintage telephones from all eras — I make sure to stop by and swoon every time!

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