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November 13, 2012

1961 Better Homes and Gardens schools us on decorating

by Betty Crafter

So true! It IS our home and we should put some thought into the environment we want to create. I can tell you this – the kind of home I want shall include these totally amaze-balls end table/lamp combos:

“Are you an active clubwoman – with an active family? Then you’ll want to decorate your home for a minimum of housework.” Apparently this room illustrates a room decorated in a way that doesn’t need as much cleaning as other rooms. Sign me up!

Here’s a little rhyme to help you make sure each of your rooms are well-decorated. “Something dark, something light; something dull, something bright.” And this adorable little space is following all the rules:

“Sun tones set the stage for entertaining friends.” And if that means lots of teak and orange, I’m in! I am totally drooling over this dinette.

On the other end of the spectrum, I’m crazy for the cool tones of this room. In fact, this palette is very similar to how I decorate my house:

“It isn’t the colors you choose, but the way you use them, that makes a room gay or subtle, sophisticated or informal.” Better Homes and Gardens goes on to tell us that brown is a great choice for homes with wood paneling (yay for knotty pine!) to provide a textured, monochromatic background to better display pattern and color in your space. I could move in to this example just the way it is. Don’t you love the way the brown background makes the art pop?

It’s funny how these spaces don’t seem dated to me, but just good examples of timeless design. I think we have more to learn from Better Homes and Gardens!

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5 Responses to 1961 Better Homes and Gardens schools us on decorating

  1. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    November 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Beautiful rooms! And I love that rug in the second photo.

  2. Diane Reply

    November 13, 2012 at 10:19 am

    So IRONIC, Mr. G and I picked up a BHG Handymans’s Book this past weekend at an estate sale. It is mint condition from the mid 60’s. It has a couple color pics much like the ones above.

  3. Andrea Reply

    November 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I could move into any of these rooms tomorrow and be perfectly happy with them as is! I am with you, definitely great examples of classic timeless design.

  4. Brandy Agerbeck (@loosetooth) Reply

    November 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    You *must* know about this already, but just in case – The book Guide to Easier Living by Mary and Russel Wright is fantastic! So, so glad it was reprinted in all of its glory.

  5. Betty Crafter Reply

    November 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Brandy, thanks for the heads out! I’ll definitely check it out!

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