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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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GVB

Designs for Your Home

 

Gloria Vanderbilt Designs for Your Home
Vanderbilt
1977

This book screams 1977, from the cover to just about every project within. For example, you can make a telephone book cover, which is totally relevant and practical. There are all kinds of little crap crafts with oldie artwork you can stick on, and the artwork is even handily provided in pages of cut-outs (which were completely missing from the back of the copy I saw). If you’re a GVB fan (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?) you can even make a doll in her likeness. Check out the examples below!

Still rocking my GVB jeans, but letting go of all GVB decor,

Holly

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“Modernize” Your Home

Home MOdernizing Guide coverHome Modernizing Guide: New Life for Old Dwellings
Sherwood
1979

Submitter: This was pulled for weeding from the shelves of our public library.  While much of the  information is still valid, there have been many improvements in materials and techniques in the 26 years since this book was published.  Most pages are just text, some have line drawings and diagrams, and the few photos are also in black and white.  I’ll confess to bursting out laughing when I saw the cover!

Holly: I’ll see your 26 years and raise you 10 more. It’s been THIRTY-six years since this was published, and it shows every single decade.

 

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