Groovy Teen Decor

new young ideas in decorating cover

New Young Ideas in Decorating
Walton
1970

Groovy teens everywhere will want to get their own rooms in shape…just like Grandma. All the decorating fads of the late 1960s and the early 1970s are here. Street signs? Check. Beaded curtains? Check. Gauzy drapes? Check. Peace sign? Double check. In 1970 this would have been nice choice for the young adult collection. The entire book reminded me of Rhoda’s Minneapolis apartment from the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

So break out your bell bottoms and floppy hat and get your room ready. Grandma will appreciate the look.

Mary

back cover

It's your scene intro

quiz1

quiz

Room F

boys can help decorate

a case of the blahs

19 comments

  1. Groovy and far out.

    Whoever took the quiz seems to have non-groovy taste, though, so I don’t know how much she got out of this book even back then.

    Into the book sale it goes!

  2. I covered the walls of my dorm room with tinfoil in the late 90’s, and it was quite the conversation starter for everyone who came by.
    I think my favorite part of these pages is the fact that they have to explain who Linda McCartney is.

    1. I snagged a gold fringe curtain — long strands of gold foil attached to a top strip — that had been part of the family Christmas decorations in about 1966, and hung it in my dorm room doorway. It was a great effect — people even said it looked like an opium den! Which of course I liked :-).

  3. I hadn’t thought of my watch on a chain for years! It was the original fidget device. I wore it all through my teens.

    Also, a trip to the dump is where boys shine. Who knew?

  4. Re the black sheep uncle in quiz six: my father remembers an uncle his family visited when he was a preteen in the 50s who would give him and his brother a 20 dollar bill to spend on ice cream at the drug store, much to his mother’s shockingness (“John!! You can’t give them that much!” “It’s MY money and I’LL do what I want with it (to boys) here go get yourselves some ice cream.”)

  5. I would have loved this as a teenager in the late 90s. A lot of my friends and I were into that late 60’s/early 70’s aesthetic.

  6. My Junior High library had this book and I checked it out often. I remember a drawing of a room that had sheets hanging on all the walls like cheap curtains. 12 year old girls fantasy room. White Persian cat included.

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