Thursday, March 21, 2013


First, thank you all for your compliments and kind words regarding the dining room reveal.  It is always nice to get support from your fellow OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Decorator) friends.  

Today I stumbled across a wonderful interior design book from the past.  If you do not have House and Garden's Complete Guide to Interior Decorating (circa 1970), drop what you are doing right now and order if off of Amazon or eBay.  I am amazed at how relevant the design style is to today's en vogue looks.  The book features interiors from the 1960s and 70s.  My favorite passage from the book is entitled:

"The no-period room - a triumph of livability - is here to stay.  The interplay of old and new, simple and elegant, sentimental and practical, is the most provocative of all decorating ploys.  The no-period room refuses to be stereotyped; it reflects the range of tastes and imagination rather than a single design period or mood.  It recognizes the validity of placing a clear glass coffee table on an old needlepoint rug, of partnering a mixture of antiques and contemporary pictures, of covering a Louis XV chair in a bold houndstooth check. Wake up your house with this new, uninhibited harmony."

Wow!  Is it just me or is that hitting really close to home.

Here are a few of my favorite pics (taken from my phone, sorry) but don't worry, the book is over 300 pages so there is plenty of more eye-candy.

On another note to end the week, look at these great bar glasses I scored today for the shop.  They are by Culver, LTD and I'm loving them.  Tomorrow starts Flea Weekend so maybe I'll have more treasures to show you on Monday.  Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. OMG! That book is so relevant and these pics could be in a current design mag. Good find!

  2. Don't you love how everything we think is so "on" and new ... really has been around forever. Just re-inventing ... in such a fun way!! Good luck this weekend! xo

  3. I think I have that book but published in a different year. I did a few posts with pictures you might like. Here are the links. Also have a Pinterest page with these types of images. Happy shopping this weekend, Brandy!

  4. What a fabulous find! I love looking back to see how the past has influenced us now and what is and isn't still relevant. I could totally move into any of those rooms!

  5. Wow, where have you been during my remodel? The construction will be done in a month or two and the furniture shopping will begin. Would love to get your feedback on my project! It'll have a retro twist with a modern flair.

    Funny, I think my mom had that book; love it!

  6. I am definitely going to buy that book! We are totally on the same wavelength... I blogged yesterday about an exquisite room Albert Hadley designed in the 1970s that looks like it was designed in 2013!

    The Glam Pad


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