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Teens: Design your own room!

Design Your Own Room coverDesigning Your Own Room
Alexander
1977

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.

Mary

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Scary Children’s Decor

childrens rooms coverChildren’s Rooms : how to decorate them to grow with your child
Levine
1975

Submitter: I have attached copious images to truly understand how scary the designs of these rooms are. Creepy dolls galore.

Holly: Wow, those are some extremely overstimulating designs for sleeping children!

Mary: Now I am going to have nightmares. Just no.

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Decorating with Barbara Taylor Bradford

Easy Steps to Successful DecoratingEasy Steps to Successful Decorating
Bradford
1971

Yes this is THE Barbara Taylor Bradford. Before she hit it big with A Woman of Substance and the subsequent Emma Harte books, she was a home decorating/style expert. So do we weed or keep? After all, it is Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Before you give your answer, take a look at some of these decorating ideas and tell me that we need to hang on to this in a modern public library. An archive should keep this for posterity, for the rest of us it is a weeder. On a personal note, the cage style bedroom evokes a certain charm.

Mary

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