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Jan282009

Redo retro


Where oh where have the retro posts been? Simple answer - I ran out of retro books to plunder. I had to wait to the next big book fair to replenish my stocks. I got some goodies! I thought I'd start with everyone's favourite era. Not the stylish sixties or the fabulous seventies. No the much maligned eighties. Kelly Wearstler is on the bandwagon. Is it time to join? Remember the chunky pine? The stencilled furniture? The lace and patchwork and dried flowers and Tiffany lamps? Padded bedding of all types and grey, grey and more grey (with lashings of salmon pink)? Bedrooms are the best area to start. Somewhere soothing to rest your head. Today's book is Making the most of Bedrooms & Bathrooms, by Mary Gilliatt, Orbis Publishing, London,1983.

Reader Comments (10)

I love retro stuff ... it shows you what stands the test of time, and what looks plain old awful once the fad has died! Thanks for sharing

28 Jan 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLexyB

ooh, I love these!
I love the green wall room, and the orange chairs room. Hurrah for salmon pink and grey!
Thank you for posting ...

28 Jan 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSally

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Running away and screaming. The eighties must stay buried!

28 Jan 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is lovely!! Amazing. I love the lamps in the third picture. Also, the open shelves in the last picture is amazing... lovely!! Thanks for sharing!

28 Jan 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Torres

What makes me laugh is that while some of these spaces do feel decidedly '80s, upon examination, I am more surprised that some of them also feel like they could turn up today in a Sneak Peek on Design*Sponge, a House Tour on AT, or even in a portfolio of a current designer or photographer. Fun post!

28 Jan 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

I love your blog.

28 Jan 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDani

Thanks Dani!

I can't believe I'm saying this but I really like almost all of these. :) I really like the layout in the last photo. Looks like an Ikea ad.

28 Jan 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

My mom bought this book for me when it was new, and I poured over it, deciding which styles I would have in my own house when I grew up. Unfortunately, I loaned it out and never got it back. I'm so glad to see some of the images again! Thanks!

28 Jan 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy w

ARGGHHH! No No No. Please these are not cool not even kitsch but tacky! The only thing missing is the floral printed quilt that still haunt many a cheap motel these days. The dust I can feel my allergies coming on! LOL

28 Jan 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aaaaaahahahahaha! These remind me so much of the home design books my parents had when I was a kid... exact same vintage. I think my favorite is the catty-corner bed with the arbitrary plant behind it. Followed by the green prison cell.

29 Jan 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDesigners' Brew

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