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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

cheap and cheerful homemaking cover

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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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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