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Apr272010

Retro Din to Fam

From dining rooms to family rooms. That's Volume 7 of The Practical Encycylcopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement. Along the way there are dishwashers, dividers, dressing rooms, eclectic style and exercise rooms. So much retro goodness. So many reminders that it is good to move on (or run away screaming). I love the pink dressing room. Curly cane ... yum. The shag pile stairs however remind me how much I hate housework. Thank goodness that one has passed ... for now. Images scanned from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Vol 7 DIN to FAM, Greystone Press, New York, 1970. Much retro goodies after the jump

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Reader Comments (16)

First of all: I love DTI! It's really my most favorite blog! Unsurprisingly we do not move only forward. When looking at pictures 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, they look quite up to date(slight re-decorating necessary;-)). I love this turquiose chandelier in pic 9!!!!

27 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTanja

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I totally agree with Tanja on the turquiose chandelier in picture number 9!(: It makes my heart swoon<3 Heck, I love the whole look of the room in picture 9! *thumbs up*

27 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNadia

love the staircase that looks like it was covered with sheep. why was that a good look again?

27 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commentergreybreaks

cant u stop w this retro thing?
it totally destroys ur blog. makes it booooring and just... blah
sooo sad that this has to be on.

27 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaria

this pink dressing room is to die for! so wonderful female! I have fallen in love now!!!

27 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commentergeisslein

Can you not stop with this retro thing?
It totally makes your blog! Makes it so much more interesting and just... fantastic!
Sooo happy that these posts are a regular feature!

27 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRaina

What houndstooth carpet? ;)

27 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTom

You've picked some really good interiors up until the bathroom with the dodgy tiles. :) Most of them would just require a styling update and changing a few props and they would look fab and contemporary.

27 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDecofabulous

Not a fan of that shag carpeting but that pink screen? Sign me up!! I love the vintage look but it has to be tastefully done or else it just looks outdated.

27 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Jo! Please don't stop the retro! I love it. It's a great shot into the past, you show pages from books I might never experience otherwise. Also, it's great fun to see how the trends change, and how they return. Keep up the good work!

27 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeggy

I love picture 9. It's surprising how it doesn't seem that dated at all.

27 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegkathleen

It reminds me of my childhood home: orange and brown, with faux brick and wood paneling. Good laughs. But my personal favorite retro look was not interiors but a car. My husband and I were watching the Gameshow network in the US and they had the show called "Let's make a deal." Behind one of the curtians was this station wagon, it was orange with wood grain paneling on the sides. And when I say orange, I mean bright orange, not muted. I can safely say it is one of the most awful things I have ever seen. Faux wood should be banned!!!!

27 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I think I actually begged for the retro.

28 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

retro is good! (to look at)...

28 Apr 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPriscilla

The variety of this blog is why I love it. I see interiors I love, like, dislike, loathe, feel completely apathetic about.

It's your blog. You and Kim can put whatever you like on here. I'm just grateful for all the time and effort you put in every day to bring us these images.

Cheers :)

30 Apr 2010 | Unregistered Commentermsd

Wow this place is amazing. I love the whole vibe

8 May 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

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