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.
Today’s submitter found this at a large public library where he volunteers to help people long out of work. As a librarian himself, he is horrified at the materials available in the career section there. I can see why!
People interested in interior design are likely attracted to very visual things. This book alone is enough to turn them off from an otherwise promising career!
From the hair to the clothes to the rooms featured, this one can be sent back to the 80’s where it belongs.
This reminds me of the woman that did the interior design of a new library where Mary and I used to work. She wanted to feature our library in her portfolio, so she came to take pictures shortly after the library was open for business. She was absolutely horrified that the library was being used and that work was being done in her beautiful spaces. The sorting carts were ugly, the book drop was unseemly…pretty much all of our every day work had to be moved out of the camera eye so as not to sully the [somewhat impractical] design. It was quite beautiful, though. I’ll give her that.
I can appreciate having a teen book focusing on decorating and design. Art, craft and design books are usually a hit at most public libraries. This one is NOT that book. I am not even sure it was that book in 1977. As a teenager in the 1970s, I did have a passing interest in a canopy bed, but having 3 sisters puts a damper on a family budget and bedroom space. So, no to canopy beds.
Decorating books are really quite interesting and give everyone a peek into what was considered “fashionable” back in the day. As a teen in the 1970s, I am here to tell you no one I knew had rooms like this.