little hats crochet patterns

Tiny Hat Decor

Doilies to Crochet for Little Hats
Thomas
1985

The word “doilies” always makes me think of my great-grandmother or any other seriously old person. I mean REALLY old. I can’t remember the last time I saw a doilies for decoration. Anyway, now doilies have a new purpose: little hats. The little hats are for decoration not for wearing on tiny people. I am going to bet that the fashion trend of tiny hats isn’t as strong as it was back in the 80s.

family room

Retro Design Help

Family Rooms, Dens, and Studios
Sunset Books
1979

Are you a retro hipster writer looking for that special space to create the next great American novel? This book has lots of ideas for converting that corner, basement, or garage into your studio. Most of the ideas are for small offices. I counted no less than 10 pictures of typewriters artfully placed on neat desks. I am convinced no one really does actual work in these spaces; they just look too tidy and are created to make people like me feel bad for not staying better organized. But I digress.

While decorating is a matter of style, there is a function to specialty rooms that need to consider changes in technology. While the concept might be okay, modern offices – even home offices – have a completely different set up for modern technology. Where do we put the printer/fax? How about all the electrical requirements for modern tech? I don’t think an extension cord is the answer.

Power Look at home cover

Manly Home Decor

The Power Look at Home
Decorating for Men
Fürstenberg and Fisher
1980

These are quite the looks for that man wishing to make a statement about his home. We have a few choices such as: the statue in the kitchen, the bed that looks like a cage, and some weird looking art. Don’t miss the giant TV relic (complete with some awesome rabbit ears!) Not really sure, but I am not getting the power vibe given these designs. I think Prince Egon should have taken some advice from first wife Diane.

sewing for your home

A Travesty of Home Decor

McCall’s
Sewing For Your Home
McCall Pattern Company
1977

Prepare yourself for some of the most disturbing decorating we have had here at ALB in a long time. It would probably help if you were medicated to look upon the bedrooms presented below. I shudder to think what would happen to me if I had to actually LIVE in one of these rooms. The amount of fabric needed had to be staggering!

The color schemes feature derivatives of the 1970s favorites of Harvest Gold and Avocado Green.  The portable typewriters add a nice “modern” touch. As a teen in the 1970s, no one I knew had a bedroom like the ones presented. Canopy beds were big deal, but again, no one I knew had one.