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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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Tortured Decor

decorating book coverBetter Homes and Gardens
Decorating Book
Meridith Corporation
1975

I got a headache looking at some of these decorating ideas. There are quite a few looks going on that will probably have you wondering if the designer was on some kind of medication. The overall theme here seems to be more color and more patterns. Just more of everything. Brace yourself before you look at some of these examples.

Evidently the authors really dig red. Case in point: the bordello-like living room and the ridiculous bedroom. My personal favorite seems to be the ultra “modern” living room that looks like a rejected set from Star Trek.

Yikes!

Mary

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