Monday, December 28, 2015

Looking to the Past for New Years Home Inspiration: Retro 1960s Room Layouts

I've just completed my second successful KonMari home run-through! After the second successful completion of the KonMari method my car was filled to maximum capacity with boxes of books to sell and donations. I have boxes of vintage and collectibles I was going to keep "for myself" that I'm going to list on eBay and Etsy next year, and I feel so much lighter! Buuut my apartment now needs re-styling.

The walls feel empty and I'd like to replace furniture pieces with vintage ones slowly over time. One of my goals for the new year is to develop a comfortable new space for entertaining and working, so I'm going through some of my favorite old design books and magazines for inspiration. The first picture above is a favorite! I'd just add my favorite wall hangings and plants and that could easily be my living room! It reminds me of a dated library I spent a lot of time in during childhood. (Early 90s libraries had 70s decor in my world, it may be why I have so much nostalgia for the era despite being born in '86.)


The branch detail is fussy to my eyes but I love the tea set on the little table and how tight and cozy the space is. The green/pink scheme room has a lot of dated details but I enjoy the overall look of it and tidiness. It's a very well-balanced room with great texture and color. Kind of looks like a hotel room.


I wouldn't replicate anything above in my home but it's so gorgeous to look at spaces with this amount of unrefined unnatural materials used within.


And yep, this space further confirms that one day in the future when/if I become a home owner I want a gorgeous late 60s-early 70s space like this! Damn, that's beautiful. I'm liking a lot of these little tables and spread out "entertaining" and "conversation" areas in these images, too. I also like the rails in this image for switching out art pieces.


Another pleasing composition for a picture, but is this someone's actual living space? The tilted books are too styled. Something gravitates me to this look, though.


So cozy! Filled in and a nice mix of traditional and mid century modern without being too full or complicated. Too traditional for me, but I want to borrow for creating comfort at home. I feel like I want to customize an art piece to go above my couch looking at some of these photos. Love that vase and flowers, too.


Interesting mix with the cane chairs, tulip table and almost tribal pattern rug! I actually wouldn't use any of the pieces pictured in my apartment but I like the alcove they carved out here.


Colors! What an interesting space. Is that... a dining room centered around a tiled fountain? Too much! But there's a lot of elements in this space I like, though I want in there and remove a lot of the details. Love the fish plate! I never want to adjust people's homes I see or visit because they're authentic and reflect personality, this one really looks like no soul has touched it or comfortably lived there.


I just especially love that big installed wall unit! I need to find or create one, beautiful. Love that it has a record player.


A smidgen too empty and I'd remove the candle sticks but there's something more real-world about this space. Of course, I appreciate the asian influence.


And completing the asian influence throughout the book, a room with a shoji screen! Nice mix of textures in this space and it's not TOO sterile even though it's quite empty due to a interesting mix of accessories, furniture and texture. I love that shelf and how low all the furniture is to the ground.

Looks like next year I'll be on the prowl for (or making) the right pieces at the right prices to create a new space. I'm looking forward to the curation process. I think next year will a big interiors year for myself and friends/family that have asked for my help. I hope these rooms inspire you, too!

What are some of your home goals for the new year? Anything special on thrift wish list?
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  1. This is too much awesomeness for my eyes <3 I've been collecting 60's and 70's furniture for a while but I don't have enough space anymore :) they are bringing back the vintage design but quality is not the same. But at least we can browse websites to get deco inspiration for our homes.

    Hey you should show US a before post with your empty walls, a work in progresso post and an after, would enjoy to see your house getting all nice and Cozy again. And more you!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion Marta, yep, definitely plotting the before/after posts :) Agreed, I know it's back in style and I was looking at cheap look-a-like replacements but they're so poor quality I'd rather hold out for actual vintage pieces if I can.

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  3. Those rooms look so inviting and comfortable! :D

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  4. I love your inspiration rooms! Have fun shopping and decorating! Wishing you a fabulous 2016. We will hopefully have rooms to decorate too since we are in the process of buying a home. If all goes well we will be moving in January!

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