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A Travesty of Home Decor

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McCall’s
Sewing For Your Home
McCall Pattern Company
1977

Prepare yourself for some of the most disturbing decorating we have had here at ALB in a long time. It would probably help if you were medicated to look upon the bedrooms presented below. I shudder to think what would happen to me if I had to actually LIVE in one of these rooms. The amount of fabric needed had to be staggering!

The color schemes feature derivatives of the 1970s favorites of Harvest Gold and Avocado Green.  The portable typewriters add a nice “modern” touch. As a teen in the 1970s, no one I knew had a bedroom like the ones presented. Canopy beds were big deal, but again, no one I knew had one.

In case you are wondering, the first picture is both a bedroom and a “room for entertaining.” I think it is a nice touch to have the bowl of fruit and the table so people have a convenient place to put their keys at the next swinger’s party.

Stay groovy,

Mary

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Cheap, Cheerful, and Useless

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Cheap & Cheerful
Homemaking on a Budget
Forsyth
1973

I think this is probably one of the worst decorating/DIY books ever. None of the illustrations are any help. Note the kitchen layout picture. No context. No room dimensions or anything that might help the reader actually do the project. This book was a waste of money in 1973, let alone 2017.

Also, I don’t think any of this stuff is particularly cheerful, but then I am kind of grouchy today.

Mary

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Pretty Plants for Decorating

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Living With Decorative Plants
John Henry Company
1975

Plants were the cheap decorating accessory for the 1970s. I remember at the time people would fill living areas to the point where it was more jungle than living room. Houseplants were everywhere. Watering these plants probably took an hour a day.

Aside from the dated look, this book isn’t too bad. There is a list of plants and one or two comments on light/water needs. Plant care tips are low and decorating use is the main feature of the book. Not bad for the mid 1970s and downright comical in 2017. (See example rooms below.)

Mary

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