If you don’t want to use Glass Wax and stencils, you can still make your picture window a greeting to the whole neighborhood using foil and styrofoam balls…
Have you decorated your windows?
Sadly, my vintage cookbook collection is only about 1/4 the size it was before The Big Move. The fact of the matter is that I frankly don’t have room in the cottage for a several hundred cookbooks!
But there was a corner in the kitchen where Grandma Lassiter’s roaster and cabinet fit perfectly and The Mister made some shelves for me to put my cookbooks…
There are more cookbooks in the cabinet but the cookbooks that I use most often are on the shelves.
I love the shelves he made for me!
PS: My older sister made the quilt for me as a housewarming gift when we lived in Indiana.
This type of home is best exemplified by the average real estate dealer’s offering in a city or suburban development. House is usually pretty new, though it may need some repairs. Designed for efficient modern life, although rooms are likely to be small and boxlike compared with older houses. Many electrical gadgets to reduce the drudgery of household chores. Often comparatively new materials will have been used. Ceilings likely to be low, and little space between your house and your neighbors’. You may be able to mutually “enjoy” each other’s Hi-Fi and TV sets. It is a fairly standard American home–clean, convenient–but not inspiring in spirit. ~ Mary Jean Alexander, Decorating Begins with You, 1958.
I grew up in a contemporary conventional suburban ranch-style house (I couldn’t find any exterior photos of our house–even online! My mother must have them all). The housing development was built in the mid-1950s and my family moved into our house in 1962. Back then, our neighborhood was considered the boonies and was still surrounded by citrus groves and ranches. By the time my mother sold the house almost 40 years later because my dad had died, Los Angeles development had not only overtaken our neighborhood but it had progressed another 20 miles northward.
Are you a “contemporary conventional” person?
If Mary Jean Alexander was lamenting the conspiracy by experts to destroy your confidence in your own taste, imagine how she would feel now with scores of television shows, magazines, websites, blogs, and Pinterest constantly giving us an ideal that we “fail” to live up to because we either don’t have the resources or the ideal doesn’t ring true for us.
Last fall, I was sharing information from a 1937 home decorating textbook written by Elizabeth Burris-Meyer. While I found many of her ideas useful, I was starting to get annoyed by her pedantic style of writing. If we didn’t follow her rules, then we didn’t have any taste.
Baloney (to put it nicely).
My goal in sharing the information from these mid-century books and textbooks that I find is to help us take what we love about that time period and make it our own in the modern world. It is also to help us learn what we would have learned in Home Economics if it were still being taught in the schools.
One of the things I really enjoy about leading the Only Own Beautiful Clothes virtual retreats is helping the participants gain confidence in their ability to define and create their own personal style. They go in thinking that I’m going to tell them what to wear and end the retreat with a personal vision that reflects who they are as women.
You have taste. Let’s develop your confidence in it and figure out what to do with it!