...who doesn't like busy, nostalgic 50s and 60s kitsch and nuclear Americana? And who didn't like it in the 60s either?
No, you're not the only one. We ate off of melamine dishes my entire childhood. To me, they were ugly and very well worn. I threw them away when I cleaned out my parents house.
I like nostalgic things that make me feel good. That wasn't one of them. The atomic and nuclear motifs creeped me out then. Remember fall out shelter signs? Well, I mean that kind of creepy.
(and the films we had to watch in school... big mushroom cloud, your skin will burn, the food will be contaminated, creepy, creepy, creepy)
And We got to practice crawling under Our desks and huddling down. That was fun. LOL At least it took away, what I thought, was the boredom of classroom life. LOL Okay, end of HiJack, back to the topic. LOL
1972 HOMEMADE BEING REMADE Location: out on the ice, catching fish
This thread is hilarious from the awfulcado to the fallout shelters.
Kitsch? I like it in other peoples' areas. Like my beautiful hometown, I love to visit, not to stay. I was born in the 70s and like another poster had grandparents with all 30s 40s 50s stuff they used til it died.....funny thing though, that stuff was made so darn well it never really got "old". In my home I keep it simple, though I didn't always...I used to knick-nak it up to the nines, but now I like simple....except for the variety of blankets and tapestries. I like patterns, and found that kantha quilts of all patterns and sizes are right up my alley. That said, everything else is very simple. Not a lot of pictures and muted everything else.
As for the trailer, my daughter requested to keep it simple (she's 11) and I want the same. I like certain colors and, aside from our equal fascination with all things glitter (my table and OG counters that are cream with gold glitter chunks STAY), we'll pick colors we'd like to be around. Muted blues, cremes, harvest yellows, etc. And of course a dab of gold here and there. I don't think there'll be anything period about it. I like the "fakesy" retro thing to a certain extent -
Similar story to Jolene and a couple others, I grew up mainly in my grandparents house. Plenty of old stuff that was there when they bought it including mid century furniture and broken tvs. Unfortunately not much was in good shape or stylish except the one sofa in the basement. Turquoise upholestery with the fine metal threads and black edging. The house itself was built towards the end of the gilded age and as such had lots of cool details like hardwood floors and hex tileed bathrrom and foyer, built in cabinets in the kitchen and a butlers pantry! A laundry chute (remember those?) wall mount sinks etc.
Then there was the parents house, full of avacado. Carpet, appliances, wallpaper even. UGH.
However my personal tastes run towards industrial or even steampunk. Exposed plumbing and conduit against white walls with dark stained wood moldings. Not much for clutter myself but the wife takes care of that, there's not a single table to set something on without having to move something first!
By the time my parents moved to FL from NY, it was the early 70's and they bought a mobile home with gold shag, paneling, gold toilets, tub, and sinks. I used to get out the big yard rake and rake the rug after vacuuming to erase the lines, lol. Since my hubs and I used to charter sailboats, that is the look that I seem to be attached to mentally. Teak, chrome, brass, canvas, simple and useful. You knew where everything was, it had a secure place. Sailing over days is so much like camping to me.
If I could totally design a camper with that in mind, I would use mahogany veneer, chrome trim, teak flooring, brass fixtures, canvas, operational port holes for windows. It would probably weigh a ton but if it was an Airstream or something like that, I could live with it, haha.
Some campers I have seen on websites look like a shop but that is probably what is it to them. A big display for items to sell or swap I guess? To each his own. I'm into downsizing so collecting more stuff isn't a priority to me. Getting rid of stuff is.
I know this is an old thread but I just read it and decided to add my 2 cents.
For me I think most of us gravitate to our happiest times. For me it was time spent at my grandma, I was born in 1970. My grandmas house was built in the 50's but was decorated in the mid 60's to early 70's style. I love Mid-Century. I live in an A-Frame built in the early 70's. There is nothing better than a 7 foot sofa, Corning-ware, cast iron and cast aluminum cookware.
I am grateful to Debra for rebooting this thread. I have enjoyed reading it for the first time.
For me, decorating a trailer is more about matching the decorations to the period, but I ended up with things that came later, just because they came mostly free. i think it's naturally about showing our individuality. Some decorations I have:
A road map from the early 60s A mid 50s radio with a small Bluetooth speaker inside playing 50s music via my phone A large yellow cylinderical cookie can identical to the one I grew up with An early 60s glass coffee carafe A 50s toaster An early 60s emroidered table cloth from France
Not much really. A small trailer can fill up fast. My Rod and Reel is a 55, so that's kind of where I have been going. It's also about how much time to find decorative items. Do I work on my restoration or seeking out decorations?
But, It's worth mentioning one more thing. I am a Kindergarten teacher and my favorite read aloud book is The Big Orange Splot[/a]. It's about how our houses should not be like everybody else, but instead reflect who we are. I love the repeating quote, by the main character, Mr. Plumbean.
"My house is me and I am it. My house is where I like to be and it looks like all my dreams."