Monday, June 14, 2010

1960's Living (In case you weren't there)

Welcome to 1962! This weeks selection is from Better Homes and Gardens July 1962.  Don't you just love seeing how people used to live? It makes me lust after vintage style and it makes me realize that while interior design is a rather modern practice, not a whole lot has changed. 

The two pictures above are of a "modern cabin". The architecture is so wonderful, instead of showing you what it looks like finished I wanted you to enjoy the artist's vision- the architectural plans. To see the structure as a whole, spacial layout, stunning roof design and use of symmetry. Often, when you're given the floor plan you can see the reason behind the layout and my favorite part, see what you would do differently.   The other picture gives you a sense of what the space feels like, people, flooring, finishes, furniture and lighting. This is my expertise, the part architects don't like us ruining. Can we blame them?

I love this idea of hanging a stunning tapestry on the wall. It's so eye catching! This dated version of black, white and blue, a very common color scheme in the past few years was done quite successfully in this very tight kitchen nook space. I adore the little bench for two, with two floating black cafe tables.  I can totally see myself sitting there having my morning coffee. The black plant hangers are fun and if you just changed out the plants it could be totally modern. Add some succulents, a modern lined bench and just a blue accent wall  (no shutters) you're all up to date!

The simplicity of this bright white basement brings a smile to my face. Color was used ever so discretely and appropriately to make it fun and not assaulting (as we've seen in some 70's photos). As your eye is drawn up to the ceiling color so it comes right back down to the colors on the bar stools. Speaking of which, I love. I have some black iron and rattan chairs that mimic these and they happen to be my favorite things. 

And I'm ending with this vintage 60's add-on!! (Sorry for the picture quality it was two big pages.)  This is a living room or sun room addition that you could have purchased and had as a sun room in your backyard. I think my favorite thing about it is the fact that no one is actually using the room because it's so nice outside!  However, the furnishings and Eames looking chair is killer. Now I know what those odd ball large pillows are for. So Johnny and Sally could watch TV, while dad gets the chair and mom gets the modern sofa. I see how it works 1962.  Keeping it sexist.
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