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April 19, 2013

Decorating 1962 Style – Seven Magic Rooms You Can Create

By Andrea

We’re delving into another issue of McCall’s Needlework and Crafts this Friday – this particular issue is the Fall/Winter 1961-62 issue.


While I was taking a look at it, this article on “Seven Magic Rooms You Can Create” caught my eye …


First off, we have this girl’s bedroom. I am not usually a fan of yellow, but it’s actually pretty bright and cheery in this room. However, I am pretty sure the clown on the opposite page is going to be haunting my nightmares tonight!


I actually found the suggestion on the placement for the pieces of needlework to be pretty useful – I am not always the best at figuring out hanging placement! The strong native theme in the decor on the opposite page surprised me a little – for some reason I always think of that as being something that didn’t become a more popular home decor look until later!


The kitchen on this page is just so freakin’ cute! The bird motif is adorable, I am in love with the dishware shown, and the idea of the felt fruits and veggies on the cake stand as decor – too cute! I am also drooling over the green streaky tile floor on the next page, and the basket on legs that the yarn is stored in is something I think I just might need …


And finally – they saved the best for last on this one. This Alice in Wonderland setup might just be the cutest thing I have ever seen! I think it might now be my life’s mission to find an uncompleted one of the quilt kits used to make that quilt. I am also thinking I might take a crack at making the Alice doll by modifying an existing pattern at some point. The Cheshire Cat is not just a pillow, but a pajama bag as well, and I think that’s something else I might have to take a crack at too!


I hope you all enjoyed our trip back to 1962!

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4 Responses to Decorating 1962 Style – Seven Magic Rooms You Can Create

  1. Apsutter Reply

    April 19, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Put a bird on it! They definitely followed that advice in 1962! I LOVE that Alice doll, so darn cute.

    • Andrea Reply

      April 19, 2013 at 11:24 am

      LOL, yes they did, apsutter! When I do take a crack at reproducing that Alice doll, I will be sure to post about it – it really is adorable, so I am hoping I can make a decent reproduction!

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    April 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Ha! Yes, that clown will be haunting my dreams tonight too! 🙂

    Oh gosh, I REALLY love that Alice In Wonderland set-up….that quilt is amazing, I hope you can find one someday! And yes, definitely post about it if you do make Alice and/or the cat….that large cat face at the bottom just kills me!!!

    • Andrea Reply

      April 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Glad to know I am not the only one the clown is going to be haunting, Sara! I think the cat may be attempted soon – Ella could use a pajama bag, so it’s definitely going to be towards the top of my list!

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