encyclopedia of good decorating

As much as I love the look, my Pinterest boards for decor are full of images with pristine rooms painted almost entirely white. When I’m able to paint and have the space to compliment it, I’d love to go the starch white look myself too, but I can’t imagine it happening anytime soon with my tiny apartment rooms. Instead I’m absolutely pining for color everywhere! Pink! Orange! Teal! The look is much better suited for my tastes with vintage overfilling every corner. These vintage design books are full of just what I’ve been looking for. I’ve sold off a few volumes, but still have some of my own and wanted to share some of the fantastic images I pulled from them.

Aren’t these spaces just so dreamy? The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement includes chapters and chapters of so many great housekeeping tips (and an entire section dedicated to apartment renters too) and DIY design ideas. I’ve bookmarked a few of the projects already, so maybe I’ll have some to share within the next few weeks!

If you ever see a copy of these in your thrift excursions, do pick them up! You will be so happy you did.

P.S. If you’re interested in more vintage design and architecture, Netflix has a great documentary in Instant Watch right now called, Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman.

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2 thoughts on “encyclopedia of good decorating

  1. The formica counters are enough to make you cringe, but everything else spectacular! Especially that kitchen floor…

  2. I love all the vintage hues people seek to replicate on KitchenAid mixers.. if only I could find someone who wants to share a pistachio-colored house with me!

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