creative decorating book

Color Me 1970s

Creative Decorating
on a budget
Better Homes and Gardens
1970

I really love the decorating books we have on our site. I think just about everyone I knew as a teen was either decorating in that awful avocado green or the harvest gold yellow for their color scheme. This book at least features some more eye catching color, but the effect is over the top. I don’t think I could relax in any of the rooms presented. Too much matching colors or print between walls, furniture, and window treatments is just too much.

interior decorating

Furniture Freak Out

The Personal Touch in Interior Decorating
Pepis
1964

I love the retro decorating books. Today’s choice is a bit different. Nearly the first third of the book is establishing your personal taste. I thought this was a pretty clever idea, especially for someone like me that has zero artistic talent.

So, among the advice and discussion, our author takes us through a quiz, to find out our style. Most of it is okay, but there are several that just seem weird. For example, there are some drawing of table legs and you have to identify your favorite. I kept thinking about what each leg meant. It felt like some bizarre Rorschach test. I also couldn’t pick a “favorite”. Now I am looking a table legs everywhere.