A woman stressed out of her job in a busy salary department decided to end the rat race and also to turn back the time – she decided to live as a 1950s housewife.
Katrina Holte, 30, transforms her home in the suburbs in Hillsborough, Oregon, into a working shrine for the era, and now loves loving the house for her husband of engineering manager, Lars, 28 – cleaning, cooking, and creating dresses with patterns from the 1950s.
She turns vinyl discs through stars of the era like Doris Day, flashes across her business and makes sure the food is on the table when Lars comes in, saying: & I feel like I live the way I always wanted to. It is my dream life and my husband shares my vision.
& # 39; It's a lot of work. I do a lot of washing up, washing and ironing, but I love it and it helps to take care of my husband and that really makes me happy.
Katrina Holte, 30, has swapped her job in a busy salary department to embrace the life of a traditional housewife, in her home adorned with 1940-style furniture
Katrina said she likes taking care of her husband Lars, because men deserve & # 39; to be spoiled by their wives
Katrina makes sure that Lars' dinner is ready when he comes home from work, or serves him a snack such as cheese, dried fruit or nuts while he waits
& # 39; My wardrobe is full of dresses that I made myself. I have 1940-style furniture in the living room and a traditional bedroom.
& # 39; It's not like it's a museum, but I'm trying to get it as close to the era as possible.
& # 39; I may feel that I was born in the wrong decade, especially when I look at everything that is happening in the world right now. I feel like I belong in a nicer, more old-fashioned time. But I know that everything happens for a reason and it is God's will that I am here now.
& # 39; I agree with old-fashioned values such as being a housewife, taking care of your family, taking care of people in it, and keeping your home in excellent condition so that everyone feels relaxed. & # 39;
Katrina's wardrobe is full of clothing from the 1950s that she makes herself. She also works as a part-time seamstress and sells similar outfits
Katrina said she feels most comfortable in a vintage-style dress, because they are flattering and she loves the colors and fabrics. & # 39; I just feel happy when I put them on, & # 39; she said
Knowing that her house is spic and span when Lars comes home, after dinner, the couple relaxes, playing traditional board games such as Scrabble together before watching old-fashioned shows like I Love Lucy and The Donna Reed Show.
Katrina, who has been a part-time seamstress for 10 years, selling her retro dresses around the world, said: “My new life began in September 2018, after I left my job, which started to wear off. I got tired and did not meet my own expectations.
& # 39; I spoke to my husband and told him that I want to become a housewife and he said he was fine.
Katrina said that Lars was fully supportive when she told him that she wanted to become a full-time housewife and give up her job on the payroll
The house of Katrina and Lars is mainly decorated with furniture in the style of the 40s, although she said she does not want it to look like a museum & # 39; looks like. They hide their modern TV so that the appearance is not affected
& # 39; It was a fantastic feeling when I stopped. I can now do what I want and run my house the way I want to run. Now I am a full-time housewife. & # 39;
Her day starts at 6:30 am when she wakes up and prepares her husband's clothes for the day ahead, before he prepares his breakfast and prepares a packed lunch for him.
Katrina always likes to look her best and uses vintage beauty products such as Revlon red lipstick and Pond & # 39; s cold cream
After her own breakfast she does 15 minutes of vintage exercises.
& # 39; Exercise in the 1930s to 1950s was a lot softer. There was a lot of stretching, warming or & # 39; limbering & # 39; as they would say then, & # 39; Katrina explained.
& # 39; I have a vintage slanted board, a small wooden ramp, to do core exercises such as sit-ups. I do them about 10 to 15 minutes a day and they keep me in shape to fit into my 50s dresses.
& # 39; Today we have the idea that we have to push our bodies to the limit, but in the 1950s the attitude was just that you had to take care of it.
& # 39; After my exercises I go upstairs to shower and gain a full face of vintage makeup. I use vintage products such as Pond & # 39; s cold cream and Revlon red lipstick and have well-drawn eyebrows, as well as the use of traditional warm rollers to curl my hair.
& # 39; My entire wardrobe is 50s, consisting of dresses that I made myself from original patterns. I always try to look my best.
& # 39; I feel most like myself when I wear a vintage-style dress. They are so flattering and I love the colors and fabrics. I just feel happy when I put them on.
Katrina and Lars on their wedding day: she said she always makes sure her husband's dinner is ready when he comes home from work, but he hangs his own coat
& # 39; I will then spend a good hour doing laundry, dusting and sweeping and making sure everything is clean and tidy. I make sure that everything stays in place.
& # 39; After lunch, when my house smells neat and fresh, I go upstairs and sew for myself, for my customers, or to try out new patterns. & # 39;
Katrina starts cooking dinner around 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. to ensure that everything is ready when Lars returns from work.
& # 39; I usually cook recipes from that time such as pot roast or chicken pies and make sure there are vegetables, & # 39; she said. & # 39; In the 1950s, housewives made sure that all food groups were there.
Katrina & # 39; s collection of vintage-style dresses hangs in her wardrobe. She likes to listen to records while doing soft stretching exercises that were popular in the fifties
At their wedding at The Academy Chapel and Ballroom, Vancouver, Washington, on July 17, 2015, the pair's first dance was to Laendler, as performed by Julie Andrews and Christopher Plumber in The Sound of Music
& # 39; When Lars comes home he likes to hang his own jacket, which I don't mind. I read in a book from the 1950s that if a man wants to hang his own coat, you shouldn't feel like it makes you a bad housewife.
& # 39; I give him a glass of water and if dinner is not completely ready, a plate of snacks such as cheese, dried fruit or nuts.
& # 39; After dinner we play board games such as Scrabble, or watch our vintage shows such as I Love Lucy or The Donna Reed Show. Sometimes we read. I love reading cookbooks from the 1950s and vintage beauty and sewing magazines. & # 39;
Shining modern music and television, Katrina listens to classical music or artists such as Frank Sinatra and Doris Day on her vintage record player.
When not in use, the television is hidden so that the vintage appearance of the room is not wasted and the couple does not watch cable or streaming channels.
Katrina continued: & # 39; My husband greatly appreciates what I do.
& # 39; He grew up in a house where he helped his mother cook and clean, so he is in no way dominant. He is the nicest person I have ever met.
& # 39; If I did that, forbid heaven, eat late, he would not make a fuss, but I can say it means a lot to him that it is normally on time.
& # 39; He looks tired when he comes in from work, so when the table is set and decorated and the candles are lit, he relaxes. He is happy for the evening.
& # 39; I think a man needs his wife to make him feel pampered occasionally.
& # 39; He would never expect this from me, it was completely my idea to live like that. It has always been my dream since I was a little girl.
& # 39; In a sense, Lars serves me because he earns much more money than I do and he knows I want to do this in return.
& # 39; He works very long hours and makes my dreams come true, so I try to make him come true. It is an equal partnership.
& # 39; I am outspoken and I am definitely not an oppressed woman. & # 39;
Instead of feeling that women were under the thumb in the 1950s, Katrina insists that they were independent thinkers.
She continued: & # 39; I read some statistics from the era that said that 30 percent of all married women had a job. They were not chained to the counter, they could do what they wanted to do.
& # 39; I think we as women should support each other. If a woman says she wants to become a housewife, we should not say that that is not good. What is good for me may not be good for someone else. We all have to do what is right for ourselves.
& # 39; I met my husband during a dance, so it was quite an old-fashioned way of meeting. If I had lived in the 1950s, I would have preferred to meet someone. & # 39;
At their wedding at The Academy Chapel and Ballroom, Vancouver, Washington, on July 17, 2015, the pair's first dance was to Laendler, as performed by Julie Andrews and Christopher Plumber in The Sound of Music.
She added: & # 39; I watched that movie every day when I was a teenager. I can recite the whole story from start to finish. Although I only look at it a few times a year, I still make dresses based on the costumes. & # 39;
Although she admits that the era was far from perfect, the 1950s values really appeal to Katrina.
She explained: & # 39; The golden rule then was to do what you want others to do to you.
& # 39; No decade is perfect, certainly we had major social problems in the 50s, but the people I talk to have gone through the era say it was a time when you could leave your door unlocked and you couldn't had to worry that people would break into it.
& # 39; People today have forgotten to talk to people they don't agree with and have lost all their ways. They are always in a hurry, they don't remember to say and thank you. These days people look out for themselves and don't think about the people around them.
& # 39; All the stories I have read are about women who borrow dishes or butter from each other, and the neighborhood children who all play together. You now see that neighbors go from the car to the garage to the house and do not talk to each other. & # 39;
Katrina is now looking forward to starting a family and says she would like four children.
She said: “I'm not sure I can keep my house in perfect condition, but we want to have a large family.
& # 39; I absolutely intend to put my little girls in vintage dresses, petticoats and hats, but as they get older they can make their own choices. & # 39;
Visit Katrina & # 39; s blog here www.edelweisspatterns.com. You can also follow her on Instagram @katrinaariana
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