Many people who like classic old films have witnessed the seemingly glamorous life of the 1950s. In Leave It To Beaver, the Honeymooners, Father Knows Best, and the iconic I Love Lucy, family life was depicted as immaculately. The homes are always beautiful, children are well-behaved, the mother wears the prettiest dresses, and the home seems to run on gold-lined clockwork. They were perfect nuclear families.
‘It’s a shame regular life can’t be as perfect,’ most people think during these shows. However, one woman decided to make the 50s dream home a reality.
A Woman Who Dreamed of Being a 50s Housewife
Katrina Holte is a modern woman in the most untraditionally modern way. She was happily married for three years but was less happy in her stressful job in a payroll department. When enough was enough, she quit to begin pursuing her dream of living like a 1950s housewife.
Thirty-year-old Holte transformed her home in Hillsboro, Oregon, into the classic suburban household with vintage furniture and décor. It’s designed according to her taste, and less “like it’s a museum,” she explains.
But being a housewife means more than wearing A-line skirts and red lipstick. Holte is busy everyday cleaning, sewing 50s-style dresses, and cooking dinner, to be served when Lars, her husband, comes home from working as an engineering manager.
“I feel like I’m living how I always wanted to. It’s my dream life and my husband shares my vision,” she says. “It is a lot of work. I do tons of dishes, laundry and ironing, but I love it and it’s helping to take care of my husband and that makes me really happy.”
Her wardrobe is full of color and distinct prints. All the dresses and skirts were homemade. Holte runs a part-time business selling her vintage clothes online. She has been sewing clothes for 10 years now.
Holte admits to being an old soul. “When I look at everything that is happening in the world now, I feel like I belong in a nicer, more old-fashioned time,” she says. “I agree with old-fashioned values, like being a housewife, taking care of your family, nurturing the people in it and keeping your house in excellent condition, so everyone feels relaxed.”
Fortunately, Lars was on board with the retreat into the twentieth century.
“I spoke to my husband and told him I want to be a housewife and he said that was fine with him,” Holte says. “It was a fantastic feeling when I quit. I can do what I want to now and run my house as I want to run it. Now I’m a full-time homemaker.”
She looks forward to raising a big family and is aware that children would change her utopic domesticity. Although she plans to dress her daughter in cute petticoats and hats, she will allow them to choose their own path when they get older. 
A Day in the Life of Katrina Holte
An average day for Holte begins at 6:30 a.m. She wakes up and prepares Lars’s clothes for him; then she cooks his breakfast and packs his lunch. After she eats, she does 15 minutes of gentle exercise.