Inspiration: Published Vintage

So way back in December I stumbled across an Etsy store that had two 1960 interior decorating books for sale, which I quickly scooped up. A few of the images have been tumbling around in my head. Let’s see what you think….

Copyright 1965 (I was 3),
And authored by Albert Kornfeld, editor-in-chief of House & Garden magazine for 9 years and a New York decorator.

Sunken bath tubs. When was the last time you saw one of these?? Did you notice the side table?
It reminded me of this one from Worlds Away.

Good design never dies!

The above image reminded me of this one from DecorPad…

….sans the cafe curtains.
Cafe curtains certainly are a reoccurring theme in this book.

I love this clever use of open shelving for storage and as room divider. It would be terrific in a child’s room, as shown here, or perhaps in a basement redo when you need to deal with those pesky support posts. Did you notice the wallpaper on the ceiling???  The flourescent task lighting?? The typewriter (yes, that is what one looks like). And the rotary dial phone?  How many of you gave your finger the free ride back on yours?

This room is so timeless, the photo could have been taken in 2011. Aside from the quality of the photograph, one might never know. I LOVE the pattern & color combinations. It is also a wonderful illustration of how a round rug can create an intimate feel in a spacious room.

Are you feeling the upholstered screen? Check out the detail at the top.

And finally…. Sledge hammer anyone?

Hugs,
Roxanne

What Does It Cost To Do A Room??

What Does It Cost To Do A Room?

My lovely friend, Lauren Liess at Pure Style Home, posted a blog about just this topic. She said it in a way that is so eloquent and open and friendly that I just have to share it with all of you. Take a moment to click here and enjoy her thoughts.

What is YOUR Style?

As designers we really, really want to give our clients rooms that take their breath away. Rooms that feel just right to them and that they cannot wait to share with friends and family. Doing this takes time and effort and energy and loads of communication and patience! It is what I love best about my job. I love the first few meetings with a new client where I get to discover what they love. Sometimes they know exactly what they want, and other times they don’t. But always, ALWAYS, every single client has a style. They may say they don’t, but they sure do. What a joy it is to help them discover just the look that makes their toes curl, that trips their trigger, that gets the juices flowing! Boy, oh boy do I love what I do!!!

So what is your style?

Are you traditional?

(photo from Traditional Home Magazine)

More Modern?

(photo from DTI, Modern Love)

OR

Or perhaps something in between?

(photo from decorpad.com)

If you want help fine-tuning your style, just let me know. I’d love to help! Contact me.

Stylishly Yours,  Roxanne