I read these books like novels - they're way more interesting to me than the interior decorating mags I used to have a seriously bad addiction to. It's the same stuff anyway. Many of the happening interiors in today's magazines could've come straight from the pages of old faded books like these. "Everything old is new again"
I've got them from most era's from the late 40's onwards, and I always find something(s) to copy/covet in each of them.
Yesterday I scored a perfect copy of Babette Hayes's, Design for Living in Australia, which was published in 1978 (some of you would swoon over the homes in this one - I'll share soon) for two bucks. Today I picked up a 1980's Sunset Book, Decorating with Indoor Plants, which is equally awesome in its own way.
Today though, it's all about this one:
published in 1957
(thanks Mrs E.J. Kaleka - her name is written beautifully, inside)
The editors (that's what they call themselves)
"feel certain that you will grow in your skill and appreciation of the art of flower arranging"
Down the track I'm going to have a go at some of their suggestions and how-to's (I'll share pics), but right now, I just have to say, that I am loving that ashtray on the cover (even though I am not a smoker!)
each chapter has gorgeous little drawings like this one...
Anyway, too many words from me. Here are some pretty ideas for spring (remember we're talking 1957...)
"invite spring to come early"
"what's more springlike than a few branches of rosy, flowering crab in a bright blue bowl?"
"create a spring landscape with branches of lilac, violets, and a bluebird"
"trailing branches to grace the fireplace mantle"
"colour of china pattern is echoed in flowers for table"
"generous bouquet from a few tulips plus long branches"
It's safe too say that I would've been an absolute flop as a 50's house wife - despite the addition of a small (very small!) chapter called "Arrange These in Just Three Minutes" (yeah right, I bet that's just like the sixty minute sewing patterns that take me half a day - to cut out!) Nice of them to think of people like me though...
There's some wondeful modernist interiors (and floral arrangements) in this book too - "modern seeks bold and daring effects" I'll show you those another time.
Thanks for reading x
p.s. In the spirit of retro/vintage home-making, Donna and I are organising a big retro cook-off. We'd really love you to pop on your aprons and join us. More details soon.