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.
I found a fabulous book Cose & Case, Forme,colori,oggetti, nell’arredamento. Robin Guild, Euroclub Italia S.p.A.,Bergamo, 1980. Edizione Italiana. So houses and things in a book with copious Italian text but thankfully also with lots and lots of lovely retro rooms. Early 80s here and I couldn’t be more excited. You have been warned it’s the next big thing in retro decorating. Ah…. knotty pine, pastels and beige back in our lives again.
This 1962 home is owned by Greg McKinney and is located in Granada Hills, California. Like Pam, I really like the use of grasscloth on the walls, pops of orange throughout the spaces and the incredible vintage lighting. What a fabulous job you’ve done Greg! And thanks Pam for sharing this with us!
Today’s our last look at Inside Today’s Home, 4th Edition by Ray & Sarah Faulkner, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1975. What a treasure trove of “interesting” 70s rooms it’s proved! Can’t get enough of these old design books. What about you?
I just got back from the flea market, which is REALLY crappy and the only one we have here. But I managed to score, big time. I think Jo and I are starting a peacock chair collection – not that either of us have room for several of these chairs in our small spaces, but when you spot a really decent quality one for TWELVE dollars, you’ve just got to scoop it up. Which is exactly what I did. I also picked up 2 terracotta buddha heads for my backyard for $10 each, a brass peacock for $5, a brass vase for $7, a West German vase for $15, and a painting for $6. All in a morning’s work.