Amazon Finds That Bring Back Memories of Grandma's House
If anybody had told your teenage self that your grandmother’s house was the coolest, you would’ve said, “Huh?” Who knew that even her crocheted cozies—lacy little hoodies for those spare rolls of bathroom tissue—would stand the test of time? While we aren’t racing to accessorize the Charmin, some of Memaw’s granny chic décor and fashion choices have made a deserving comeback. There’s her potbellied stove (now in sleeker models that still give you that wood fire glow); her wicker porch furniture (yes, we confess to opting for the resin variety that can handle the elements, but we aspire to the real deal); and her vast array of houseplants (even newbie gardeners can keep a philodendron alive, bless their hearts). But there’s more. We took a surf on Amazon and found all kinds of retro-cool, grandmillennial products that are as popular with the younger generation as with Grandma. (But you’d better not call her that if you want to stay in the will. Right, Nonna? Right, Sugar? Right, Honey, Mimi, Mamie, Cookie, Lovie, Grammy, Mimsy, Sissy, Yaya, Mama Del, and Gigi?)
Rotary Dial Telephone
If you're a child of the digital age, you've missed the joy of dialing. There's just something about that sound. This vintage beauty landliner comes with speaker phone and redial.
BUY IT: IRISVO Rotary Dial Telephone, $54.99; amazon.com
Mother-Daughter Hostess Aprons
Memaw had her organza hostess apron for special occasions, and the rest of us need something granny chic that says "don't look now but we're breaking out the ambrosia."
BUY IT: G2Plus Apron (Mama and Me Set), $28.99, Amazon.com
It's the ultimate in grandma chic. She holds court from her porch swing, and so should you, This one is well-crafted to last through many, many pitchers of sweet tea. (Can support 800 pounds; 5 feet long.)
BUY IT: Amish Heavy Duty Roll Back Treated Swing, $264.99; Amazon.com
Floral wallpaper doesn't have to be a symphony in chintz. Fresh and modern florals can add just the right oomph to an accent wall, powder room, entry hall—endless possibilities. Bonus: Peel-and-stick simplifies the process considerably.
BUY IT: NuWallpaper NU2679 Mirei Peel & Stick Wallpaper, $27.30/30.75 square feet; Amazon.com
We don't need to tell you Memaw's cast iron is a family treasure, do we? The lid to this 5-quart Dutch oven does double duty as a skillet, and the loop handles help secure your gumbo.
BUY IT: Lodge Pre-Seasoned 5-Quart Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven, $49.90; amazon.com
The Fancy Cake Stand
Even if you don't make your grandmother's red velvet showstopper cake, you'll love dressing up your party table with this footed platter—just a touch of retro elegance that's neutral enough to work anywhere.
BUY IT: StudioSilversmiths 30031 Renaissance Footed Platter, $16.99; amazon.com
Nothing smells as fresh and clean as clothes dried in the open air. You don't need two strong oaks or even much yard space to enjoy this modern take on a clothesline, which is big enough to handle a sheet, yet collapses into an easily stored size.
BUY IT: Exilot Foldable Portable Clothes Drying Rack, $32.99; amazon.com
Granny knew a thing or two about air circulation. This brushed nickel Hunter fan takes her coolant of choice up a notch. It oscillates, tilts, and has 3 speeds (but note the granny chic retro style of the control).
BUY IT: HUNTER 90400 Retro Table Fan, $59; Amazon.com
Modern Kitchen Apron
Even when you're sifting and stirring and kneading and baking that sourdough, you'll still look stylish. Your grandmother's kitchen apron gets a modern twist.
BUY IT: FSK Cotton Canvas Kitchen Apron, $8.99; amazon.com
Yes, you can buy cheaper Corningware. But not this one, the set with the blue cornflower pattern we grew up with. Just try setting it on your table without thinking of Grandma and all the other great cooks in your family.
BUY IT: Corningware Pyroceram Blue Cornflower 4 pc. Glass Ceramic Cookware Set (Limited Edition), $131.79, Amazon.com