Is it curtains for retro?

Posted on Mon, 28 Jan 2008 by midcenturyjo


Never! Time for our weekly trip down design’s memory lane. Drapes darlings, curtains my chickadees. More scanned images from from How to Make Your Windows Beautiful Vol V, Kirsch Company, Michigan, 1974. Perhaps a bit more “tasteful” than last week’s? Hard to believe they come from the same book. Oh well I’m a sucker for the over the top awfulness of the era anyway. Note too the ubiquitous indoor plant and they’re on their way back!

kim. says:

Great curtains but how about the shag bed in the first photo! I’d have all 5 cats sleeping with me every night FOR SURE!

Peggy says:

Ha, too funny “drapes darlings, curtains chickadees.” Perfect flourish of language to go with this over the top style. I actually sort of like the red room.

gina says:

man… I can’t believe how in love I am with retro right now. Especially considering the fact that I hated it with a passion not too long ago, but kim and jo, you’ve fully converted me!!!

jo-anne in vancouver says:

I adore your rerto posts!!

That 1st photo – oh my gawd :o) Sheep skin bed cover, green as grass carpet…over the top! And the room with the enormous red couch, the skull on the post is really creepy!

Laura says:

Is it wrong that I kind of want to live on those yellow chaises? Fab-u-lous.

I can’t believe the flokati bedspread. Flokati rugs are irritating even on the tough soles of one’s feet, and the shedding! O the shedding! That room would be a scratchy sea of white fibres within a month!

Alkemie says:

I Love vintage design books. I can’t believe what great examples of rooms are in this book that focuses on window treatments! Great selections!

kiwibitch says:

I really love the curtains on picture 6. I’ve been looking for new curtains for a while now. Would there be instructions on how to make it and can you pleasee share them? ­čśÇ

Sorry no instructions on the curtains other than they are cut felt on a sliding track system. Pretty choice aren’t they. I’m guessing a sliding track system like the one at IKEA would work but unsure of where you could source the cut felt. A heavy industrial felt would be the way to go but there is still the problem of the die cut. Good luck!

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