I love peeking through vintage ephemera for ideas and inspiration. I have a sizable amount to document, sort, and sell and I'm giving myself less than a month to do it! I've always wanted to share some of the amusing bits from these old ads, books, catalogs, and magazines. Let's start with one of the first I found, this 1959 Sherwin-Williams catalog:
I'm enjoying the dining room gun rack, personally. Too many fussy details but the gun saves it. The kitchen to the right looks like a kitchen from Lassie. Where Lassie? The barn's on fire? Show me the way!
I love the chairs and even the pink walls somehow. I like bubble gum and painfully neon hot pinks. Manly pinks that hurt your eyes!
The curtains match that chair, dayum! I secretly hope that chicken photo changes out with whatever's for dinner. For steak night that better be a photo of a cow!
See, painted brick walls are not blasphemy. People from 1959 can do it, and so can you! I want to live in this den, even though the shutters matching the couches freaks me out. Starting to realize I don't like TOO much symmetry.
Woah, tacky! This goes beyond acceptable kitsch, this is gross. Is that a birdhouse on a train bed with a rail road crossing sign next to it? Musical instruments precariously balanced on a bed board above your little girl's HEAD?! No! Don't do it!
Kind of enjoying that kitchen From the Future on the right but the scene on the left has its merits.
I love those shutters, nice texture! Everything in the photo looks so plastic and staged I want to...eat it? Is it a gummy candy? I think I'm just hungry...for that giant platter of wax fruit. Mmm...
Not my kind of space so I'll just say nice color? Nicely laid out? Nice chicken coop for the plates you got there.
I love the couches and side chairs here. Looking so comfortable and beautiful. Can I dive into the pillows and help myself to whatever's in that decanter? And the fruit too, please.
I want the shoji screen and what I see of the painting in the left photo. Do I spy some pre-photoshop photo manipulation? The fruits look cut and pasted into that photo!
I love all the pops of red and teal in the space on the left. Just noticed both are always the same space but flipped for gender. I always wanted one of those nook-beds as a kid, they look so cozy. Perfect for making blanket forts, too.
Closing out with some favorites, as much as I complained about matchy-matchy I enjoy the shutters, doors, and cabinets painted in bubble gum-hot pink. I think because here the rest of the space is bright, white, and minimal, it's just better design than in some of the other photos. Would move into this kitchen in a heartbeat.
Not a favorite design wise but just...so many questions. Why fencing swords in this pink kitchen? Why the tiny grill thing in that aclove? With the little bench so you can sit, grill, and enjoy? While puffing on a pipe? It brings the indoors outdoors? Where do you live where you can't grill outside? Explain room, explain!
And I cannot resist a manly gun room with matching couch-curtains and sage green walls. Love that spcae to the right. It reminds me of a Resident Evil video game mansion room. Can I take the shotgun to shoot zombies? If I take it will I trigger a boobie trap? Is there a trap door not shown behind a bookshelf that will lead me to Bruce Wayne's Bat Cave?! I want that room!
Which room is your favorite? Do you love looking through vintage ads and documents, too?