A few weeks ago, Jeff asked me a dangerous question. “Would you like to go to Barnes & Noble?” Well, of course, the answer was yes. I am so glad we moved to a city that has a good bookstore. Now, we do have an even larger library, but I must admit that I love owning my books. I want to have the freedom to put Post-it notes in them and to revisit them for inspiration and information time and time again.
I purchased several books and magazines on this particular outing and one of the books I bought was a 1961 Better Homes& Gardens decorating book. It might sound a little odd, but I love looking at old decorating magazines and books for inspiration. These dated decorating guides are a great indication of what decorating choices are timeless. If there is a thread that ties good design from 1961 to 2019 than that thread is a pretty good one to following decorating your own home.
The book is populated with a mix of tricolor graphics, grainy room photos, and hand-drawn pictures instead of the full-page, full-color photos we’re used to seeing in decorating books today. But, when you look past that, the tips and suggestions contained in the pages are actually great decorating advice for 2019.
Mix antiques with modern trends, color is an exciting tool, backgrounds set the mood, large patterns give character, etc.
I haven’t read through it fully, yet, but I’m excited to dig into it a bit more. It is full of a lot of great information.
For those who were decorating in 1961, which decorating choices are you still using and loving in your house today?