Vintage decorating books are one of my very favorite things. It’s so much fun to look back at styles that were once deemed chic and sensible. I have a Better Homes & Gardens Decorating Book from 1956 that has a “Redecorating” chapter I especially like. (That’s the cool chapter divider from the book above). Check out this dining room makeover it featured:
According to the copy, the dining room was “dark and dingy” before–downright gloomy with its hardwood floors, high ceilings, and “outmoded” chandelier.
But they fixed that! The so-called “high ceiling” was painted pink to “bring it down.” The depressing hardwood floors were covered with wall-to-wall carpeting. And the chandelier was replaced with “adjustable ceiling lights.” Wow.
I imagine that a makeover on this room today would include–at the very least–uncovering the hardwood floors again and bringing a real chandelier back in. It makes me wonder what we’re doing to our houses now that we’ll be undoing again in 50 years. Any guesses?
I posted this when I first started blogging. If you remember it, then you’ve stuck with me a long time! Go to Retro Rooms to see more.