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Retro Home Decorating

1001 Decorating ideas

1001 Decorating Ideas
Carter and Bernard, ed.
Consolidated Trimming Corp.
~1955

Looking for some decorating help? Look no further! There are so many ideas here (over a thousand!). Turn your home into a showplace!  My personal favorite is the pink and red master bedroom. I’m curious why there is a book on the floor. You would think they would pick up since someone was coming over to photograph the bedroom. Maybe it is there to distract from the ridiculous red wallpaper or all the ruffles.

Mary

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Retro Decorating at its finest!

encyclopedia of homemaking cover

The Complete Encyclopedia of Homemaking Ideas
Bradford
1968

Barbara Taylor Bradford is back with more decorating and homemaking guidance. (Yes, that Barbara Taylor Bradford.) Prior to her fiction career she had a string of home decorating books. Check the posts here and here.

This is actually a pretty comprehensive book, and absolutely a product of the time. I think almost everyone would get a kick out of this time warp of a book. Many of the rooms look like the Playboy Mansion of the late 1960s was the inspiration.

Mary

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Be a perfect wife through home decor

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Decorating to Please Him
Bradford
1970

We are back with another Barbara Taylor Bradford decorating book from the How to be a Perfect Wife series. Make sure you click here for another book in the series. Obviously, being a perfect wife take many books. Barbara has all the advice for you ladies trying to “please” your husband. Evidently, it is your job to make sure the decorating suits his needs. There is a ton of advice to make sure you have manly looking space for him and not overwhelm him with too much femininity in your decorating. He needs a “charming atmosphere that relaxes him”. I think Barbara needs to stick to fiction.

I would rather have a charming atmosphere that relaxes me. A good chair, a good book and a nice cocktail would be a great start.

Mary

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