A few years ago, I was lucky enough to find this gem of a book in a charity shop. I think I paid 30p for it. The past couple of months, I’ve been thinking about the next house we buy and how I’d love to do it up in a really unusual, retro style; each room with its own individual scheme. This book might just become my decorating bible! Anyway, enjoy looking through the pictures – hopefully, they will give you some inspiration too.
All pictures and captions come from ‘Decorating Ideas for Every Room in Your Home’, printed by Fawcett Woman’s World Library in 1969.
This comes under the chapter of ‘Create a Color Scheme’. (Spelling tells me the book is American).
The advice given by the book is to:
“Try and stay with two or three colours in a room, and remember to use the balancing force of white and off-white tones…
… A sense of fun and a skillfull use of bright colors cooled with white, invests striking sitting room (left) with its vitality…
… Red, white and blue: Here modern goes all the way to Mod in a room which has been planned as a dazzling composition of shapes and colors. All furniture by Thayer Coggin.”
I spotted these chairs in the book on page 62. They don’t immediately catch the eye as the double page spread is in black and white. But just take a good look at those chairs! Forget the background, which is what the caption to the picture points out, those chairs are worthy of inclusion in any current design collection.
Unfortunately, they are not named for their designer. Such a shame! I’d gladly have them in my house. If anyone happens to recognise the design, please please please let me know.
“Children love exuberant, often vividly-bold colors and color combinations, so plan a room with a more dazzling color scheme than you might give yourself.”
My picture isn’t as clear as it could be for this bathroom, but I just had to include it! I want a bathroom exactly like this in my next house. Just imagine stepping into the marble bath and washing up at the sink with its giant star motif. Amazing…
There are so many wonderful pictures in this book and little bits of advice that could only come from a bygone era. There’s no possible way that I could include everything. If anybody would like more pictures from the book, please don’t hesitate to ask. There are sections on kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, colour, style, attic rooms, storage, gardens and patios, apartments and high-rises… it’s all in there. Hopefully, one day, we will return to an era where there was no obstacle to design and I could maybe get a bathroom with a stainless steel wall.