I think perhaps I am a little too obsessed with vintage decorating books lately, but they offer such a wealth of great images. I like to see how some pieces have remained the same but their surroundings have changed, how some rooms could work great as-is today, and how some just need a few tweaks with accessories. This week I am sharing Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Ideas: New Room-by-Room Decorating Tips for Every Taste and Budget.
How great is this room? I love everything about it with the exception of a few tchotchkes. Is that a Nolli map? Which city do you think it is? I’m trying to guess with the radial streets and that big swath down the middle – is it a river or a grand boulevard? I’m guessing it’s probably Paris or Rome.
These vintage books always have the most charming illustrations:
This bold and posh Regency bathroom is pretty chic by today’s standards:
Not sure why I scanned these, but since I did, I thought I’d share:
Cover photo from Customer Images at amazon.com. You can pick this book up for under $2 there.
All other photos scanned from Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Ideas, Meredith Publishing Company, 1960.
Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!