Designs for Your Home


Gloria Vanderbilt Designs for Your Home

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,


Decorating projects

Telephone book cover

Gloria Vanderbilt doll

Christmas clipart


  1. I wonder if Gloria actually displayed her creations in her home; if so, I pity Anderson Cooper growing up surrounded with this stuff. 🙂

  2. We have to give her credit for starting an upscale DIY movement back in the 70s, without Pinterest, Amazon or Cricut. That book will be nabbed quickly from your sale shelf.

  3. Ah, decoupage! Marame will always be closest to my heart (in a fringed vest, of course), but thou art next!

  4. Growing up in the 70s, I recall every female relative and family friend over the age of 40 having a collection of crocheted tissue box holders. A close relative was the doll with a crocheted skirt that you could put over a roll of toilet paper (for emergencies). Those — along with telephone book covers — were favorite items at holiday craft fairs, and usually ended up in garage sales.

  5. I bought this a few months ago on eBay. I love it. I remember this when it was new and it’s nostalgia for me.

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