creative interior design

1990s Living

Creative Interior Design
A Complete Guide to designing and decorating your home
Ward Lock Limited
1994

Here is another book on home decorating. This one is from the 1990s and has a pastel country look. The overly pink softness feels odd – almost like you were living in an Orange Julius shop. I guess I don’t think of a pink/orange palette as particularly appealing. But I digress…

This isn’t as bad as some decorating books we have featured on our site. (See examples here, here, and here.) The point is that these materials are subject to fashion trends. These books need to be regularly weeded and updated.

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.