On another subject completely, a month or so ago Jan at the wonderful blog No Pattern Required did a blog with some vintage Better Homes & Gardens magazines, entitled Decorating Problems - No Problems which showed many different examples the magazine suggested. I simply fell head over heels in LOVE with this dining room - it is my dream dining room. I asked her if I might "borrow" the picture to use as a POSSIBLE inspiration room & to show here. She very kindly responded with "YES!" and I thank her.
To me this is simply breath taking. It was an ad to show what the wonderful Armstrong flooring could do to a room, but the room itself just sent me into orbit.
For a long time part of my brain has been saying I'm too old to start over & change out & that is why I buy & SELL instead of keep. But doggonit, I'm not at the old folks home yet! The other part of my brain has been telling me that I SHOULD bring my 1950's "Ranch-style" home back to it's beginnings and make it what it once was. We did a lot of renovation when we got it nearly 30 years ago - and I WISH I'd kept a lot of what we took out. At the time I was into the antique-ish stuff, then went to more contemporary, which looks nice, but it's NOT where this old place should be. It should be the home of my childhood days - the 50's, and possibly a little meld over to early 60's.
I THINK I have the "bones" for a room similar to this - of course not the gorgeous furniture which I could never replicate, but I recently got a beautiful 1950's American of Martinsville dining set that might, with the right colors & decor, come close to being as pretty as above. Here are the bones -
The buffet & chairs
I know it's not the gorgeous Oriental, rattan furniture shown but I think with the right colors & Oriental accessories (chandelier, artwork, etc.) it could work. Then my thought is to paint the walls the red color shown (not sure I can do wallpaper anymore but I might try if I can find just THE right one), and hang retro aqua color panels where the sheers are currently. Definitely add cornice boxes and a few touches of bamboo. Another thought was to go for coral color walls with aqua bark cloth with a bit of an atomic design & not go with the Oriental theme.
So....should an old girl go for it? Take it back to where we both came from? Or just continue finding lovely, new places for beautiful vintage treasures to go? To the "new" generation of those who love where we came from?
Thoughts? Suggestions? Ideas? Encouragement? Thumbs down? Cause if I start, it's going all the way! (where the HELL do I think I'm going to get all the energy needed for this?! ;- )