Posts Tagged ‘The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement’

Decorating the writing/sewing/gun room

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

From The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, 1972. Via here. And for the family outdoors, see here.

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It’s Spring, Let’s Go Outside!

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

These are all, as usual, from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Greystone Press, 1970. I love the photo of the little garden house with the abstract geometric painting, above, and the book actually includes plans for it (click at bottom). One of the things that is so great about 1960s and 70s decor books is that many of the best ideas come with DIY instructions or are just simple to make, like the cedar privacy wall below.

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1960s DIY projects – geometric wall treatment, vertical lanterns

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Here are two quite beautiful DIY projects from the 60s, both found in The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Greystone Press, 1970. Most of what you find in the book is a bit kitschy, but these two ideas seemed brilliant. The instructions are a little minimal, but a pair of fairly resourceful people could probably figure them out.

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Still life with stereo and ketchup

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

A ketchup bottle on the stereo speaker really completes this. Maybe this is Sixties Baroque. Ketchup aside, the wall-mounted amp is cool, and the wall painted in four colour blocks is clever. Photo is from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Greystone Press, 1970. Click here to see the whole page with original caption.

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