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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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Weaving Evil

weaving 1977 coverWeaving ’77
Ziemer and Smith
1977

Hey, I am all about the fiber arts and weaving can be just beautiful. Unfortunately, there is no “beautiful” weaving in this book. In fact, I am pretty sure this book should be burned in some kind of cleansing ritual since there are detailed instructions on how to weave a clown wall hanging. As you know, any clown themed decorating is the work of the devil.

The other projects are pretty awful as well. The last photo seems to be some kind of abstract mustache/mouth thing.

Mary

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Plastic Pipe Furniture

Making Plastic Pipe Furniture coverMaking Plastic Pipe Furniture
Alth
1981

​Submitter: This book has finally stopped checking out at our library so I can gladly weed it. This furniture probably IS cheap and easy to make (make your own plastic dining room table and chairs!), but I have to disagree with the author’s assertion that it is “possibly the most beautiful furniture anyone can build”. I just don’t see an umbrella stand made out of drain pipes fitting into most people’s decor nowadays – maybe if you had one of those 70s “junk art” houses, or you’re a hipster with an ironic appreciation for kitsch. Now some lucky DIYer can pick this up at our Friends’ book sale.

​Holly:​ I’m surprised it circulated for so long!  It’s an interesting idea, I guess, but the whole black-and-white format of the book is very dated.  I would not call this furniture “beautiful,” but it does have a certain practicality for the garage or as outdoor furniture.  There are lots of PVC furniture ideas on Pinterest, actually.

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