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Saturday, 31 May 2014

Bedroom, as I'd like it - and I will have it.. one day

Hello there.

One day I will have my house. One day; and until that day, I'll have my plans complete and ready for action. I might sound repetitory and boring, but I believe that, if I say if over and over - it will eventialy come true.

I have great plans for my house. 
One of the plans is to keep it's set-up the way my folks had it in their days. My great-grandparents have build our current home back in 1920's. It was the biggest investment for a family. I remember that, my grandma got a wedding present from her parents: a brand new sewing machine. Every single part of housing was an investment.

There's one more set of adorable bedroom designs for my keeping (and your inspiration). For the look of the previous set click HERE, please.

And, away we go:

1924. Bedroom with Standish fabric

This bedroom color scheme was part of an ad for Standish Fabrics. The colors are more subdued and less frilly than other period advertising. The muted blues, golds, and rusts are a refreshing change from the abundance of pastels and feminine florals that saturated period ads.

1925. Pastel bedroom

In keeping with the feminity seen in so many bedrooms of the 1920s, this one in green and cream with pretty floral wallpaper and painted furniture is typical. Layered curtains with pull shades were common. Because so few interiors were published in color, most of the color schemes shown to readers of period magazines were advertisements. That said, writers went into considerable detail when describing color schemes and materials to be used to achieve various treatments and effects.

1925. Armstrong traditional bedroom

This illustration shows a bright, cheerful yellow and gray color scheme. The layered scallops on the bed, dressing table, and cornice are a technique that Armstrong's designer favored in other rooms over the years. An attached bath was something that appealed to 1920s homeowners even though, for the majority, it remained a fantasy option.

1925. Armstrong sleeping porch

Sun porches, sun rooms, and sleeping porches were all thought to be beneficial to health because fresh air and moral living was the key to happiness during the 1920s. House plans of the 1920s often show either a sun room or a sleeping porch and often show both. This room with the curtains wafting in the night breeze was intended to sell linoleum by associating it with a healthy lifestyle.

1926. Yellow attic bedroom

The attic bedroom appears repeatedly in ads during the 1920s. It seems everyone had an attic that had an unfinished room that was the ideal place to put a son or daughter. This room reflects the affinity homeowners had for traditional color schemes and furnishings. The brightly painted rocker and chair were typical; dozens of paint companies provided instructions for updating furniture with a bright new paint color.

1926. Armstrong blue and yellow

Brighter colors became popular during the second half of the 1920s though the Colonial style continued to prevail, especially among the traditional middle-class. This bedroom uses the ever-popular yellow and blue color scheme with mahogany furniture.

1926. Blue-green bedroom

Traditional furniture in a Colonial style and a color scheme based on the primary triad of red, blue, and yellow, was a common theme in 1920s interior design as depicted in period advertising. This room shifts the triad to teal, brick red, and the honey tones of the maple furniture. The teal blue Armstrong floor is in their Jaspé pattern.

1926. Blabon room design

Though the furniture arrangement is somewhat odd, it does show the various design elements and how the colors and patterns interact. The focus, being Blabon Art Linoleum, was on the floor. Interesting characteristics include the separate dressing room and attached bath, even though such suites were generally found only in more upper end homes of the 1920s.

1927. Boy's bedroom

This peach and teal bedroom focuses its attention on the Armstrong linoleum floor but demonstrates quite a few 1920s characteristics including the rattan armchair modernized traditional-style furniture and even the hooked rug. Often homemakers made such decorative accessories as rugs, pillow colvers, and even lampshades themselves.

1927. Attic bedroom

In our collection of 1920s bedrooms, we show four attic bedrooms. As with homeowners today, most families sought to maximize living space in a limited footprint. Homes during the 1920s were on average about half the size of ours, so finishing an attic and creating extra space for growing kids was a no brainer. This room is interesting for its window which implies a Revival style home and a somewhat eclectic mix of furnishings.

1928. Armstrong colonial style

Wallpaper, painted wainscot, Colonial style furniture including a canopy bed, hooked and rag rugs were a recipe for the very traditional tastes of the majority of Americans during the 1920s. Though Art Deco influences were seen here and there in 1928, they were largely ignored by the majority of middle class homeowners who considered them a fad.

1928. Traditional Armstrong - updated

This late 1920s bedroom has traditional elements but also a more European flair than the more common Colonial style. Like many bedrooms of the Twenties, this one is also pretty, but not quite as girly as earlier rooms and has a bit more sophistication. The focus is on the flooring which appears calculated to set off the carpet.

1928. Congoleum attic

The color scheme in this room leans to one side of the color wheel with the yellow, blue, and green walls, curtains, and painted furniture. There is enough rose red to add some visual interest, but being an ad for Congoleum rugs, the focus is on the pattern of the rug itself which ties everything together

It's like a Merry Go 'Round, so I have to end it with my mantra: One day I will have my house.

As for tomorrow.. while you get around reading yet another one of our beloved Love Stories, I'll be well on my way to a road-trip. Hopefully, some snaps will be made, and will be shared here - with you.

Until next time: big hug!

Friday, 30 May 2014

Want more friends? Music is the answer.


I love music.
It's such a big part of our lives that we can't imagine the world without it. But, it is so much more - and it was so much more in the past.
Imagine not being able to enjoy your favorite "mood lifting" tune at the flick of the switch, or a tap on the screen of your device. Imagine a time when you could not get any song any time you like it. A time when you had to save money to get one record with one set of music; and the record was quite expensive.
Imagine a time where you had to be able to produce music in order to have music in your home. As I've said it, music is a great thing - and it's a prowerful tool for attracting people around you. It gathers people who share similar tastes, it makes us smile or dance.. it brings us together..

No wonder there were quite an interesting ads out there, about music, about friendship.
Take a look

Now, I can't play an instrument. I'm not that talented. Back in the day, would that make me less popular and harder to get people around me?
Can you play an instrument?

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

BURDA Wednesday


It's sunny today - so far. We have had some afternoon showers lately, and they made me change my gardening plans; once I come back from work, it starts pouring, and there's a little bit of frustration there, but I hope that today I'll have good weather and be able to continue my plans.
If all fails, I'll curl up in my room and read some articles on our favorite old days, old stars, old houses, 
As for the mood, I have a great cure - Burda magazine in all it's December glory. We are looking at the last issue for 1954, and there are some great inspirations to be found.. now, why do I bother you, you can simply browse these lovlies yourself and I'm sure your mood will improve.

Elaborate party dress

Marianne, witout doubt, has marked this year's issues
with her gracious Schlager-models.

If you are looking for something fresh and different...

...these "large collar" dresses are perfect choice.

"The slim models"

These tight-fitting models are perfect to 
accentuate your figure.

"Drapes the body and emphasizes elegance"

Party dresses.

These pieces are timeles.

This is a "how to camouflage the old"
and make it look fresh and playful.

"Ornamental and warm" 
These are the ideas on making your clothes look new 
(and, it just might be quite an old and worn one before it)

You see, I have a thing for old things. Or, should I say: I haven't got the heart to throw away what, in my mind, can be salvaged and saved by some remodeling. If I can make it usable - I will. And, the issue is only related to clothing, I can't give up almost anything. And, once I do decide it's a "throw away" time -- it's really became useless.

"All desires seam to be Muson Lavender"

If you are not a dress-person;
you might opt for adoralbe shirt - and you can chose one of these.

"Le rouge baiser" - meaning: red kiss
A classic French makeup brand 
(it's amazingly shown over here)

"Father, brother, son or grandfather - all were thought of"

Dress your gents in their best.

This is the first part of this celebrational issue of Burda - and I can tell you one thing: while making this post presentable, it has lifted my spirits enormously. I hope it works for you as well.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Place of peace and serenity - bedroom designs from 1920's


The word I'm proud I've learned:
Frugality - [froo-gal-i-tee] - the quality of being frugal, or prudent in saving; the lack of wastefulness. 

Many people who have lived through periods of economic deprivation develop lifelong habits of frugality and are almost never tempted by wasteful consumption. People learned to make-do-mend, save-and-count, manage with what they had, and keep everything going on for as long as it can. 
The biggest thing in a human life (mine, for instance) is the house. The houses build in 1920's had to do for many, many years without much care and renovation. Most of them had to "keep it together" until mid-1950's (or until the times of rationing were behind us). 
The thing is: people had their new house build and furnished in the 1920's. Many of folks over here could not afford new furninshing often, maybe some part here-and-there could be changed in 10 years. And, once the war started (the industry stopped), the furnishing could not be changed at all. This was a true testiment of frugalty in action.
These are the decorations that held on in household for decades. I have found some amazing representations; and I will show them to you right now.

1921. Armstrong bedroom

Thanks to the unstinting marketing efforts of Armstrong Cork Company, we have a wonderful collection of interiors designed from the 1920s forward. Many of the original designs have color schemes that could be replicated today. This room would be beautiful in a Colonial Revival style home.

1922. Armstrong boudoir

During the 1920s bedrooms were often wallpapered; trim was painted in hard, very durable oil-based enamels. The themes were overwhelmingly pastel in the first half of the decade as this dressing room shows. Colors ranged from the blues shown here to buff and pale grays to sagey greens. Contrasts were contrived for their appeal, but the essential soothing character of these private spaces remained intact.

1922. Sleeping porch

This 1922 bedroom features a number of 1920s hallmarks for what was considered a desirable bedroom. The color scheme is light and pastel-based. The furniture was painted with a floral motif. Small pops of contasting color were used to add interest. The furnishings were the modern Colonial style that was the trend. A sleeping porch provided lots of fresh air, thought to confer health benefits on its occupants.

1922. Blabon bedroom

Like Armstrong Cork, the George W. Blabon Art Linoleum Company, produced a fair number of attractive room designs during the 1920s. This room shows wall-to-wall linoleum in the bedroom with a patterned linoleum rug in the sewing room. The furnishings are contemporary for the decade. The colors are light and neutral.

1923. Rose and sage-green

Rose and sage green form the foundation color scheme in this bedroom suite. The furniture is Colonial. Patterns are quite subdued for the period and limited to the Armstrong linoleum flooring. The striped carpet introduces the palette. Everything else is fairly simple and subtle.

1923 - Gray & pink 

During the early years of the 20th century, women began working outside the home, though by the time they married they were expected to quit and assume their real job as homemakers. By the late 'Teens, a number of women educated in the arts were making names for themselves as "lady decorators." Early design efforts during the 1920s in particular show a decidedly feminine style in product advertising.

1923- Simmons bedroom

This ad was published in Ladies Home Journal. George W. Blabon Art Linoleum competed directly with Armstrong and Congoleum. Blabon's ads are similar in style and quality to those produced by Armstrong, however, unlike Armstrong, Blabon was unable to weather the financial downturn during the Depression and merged with W. J. Sloane.

1924 - Armstrong bedroom & dressing room

The spaces in this 18th-century style bedroom could be described as a sleeping porch, dressing room, or sitting room. Regardless of the description, it's a Colonial style that was whole-heartedly embraced by the majority of Americans during the 1920s. It also represents a common color scheme—rose, blue, butter yellow, and white.

1924- Armstrong bedroom

Here's another take on the conventional design style of the 1920s: Red, white, and blue with 18th Century Colonial-style furniture. Despite its overwhelming prevalence in the majority of homes, it's interesting how simple and easy it would be to live with.

1924. Simmons bedroom

A matched suite of painted furniture with dainty nosegays trimmed with pinstriping was extremely common during the mid-1920s. In general, most bedrooms illustrated tended to be decidedly feminine. This illustration was for Simmons mattresses, but the tall window with the decorated shade and lace curtains seems to dominate the image.

1924. Attic bedroom

This attic bedroom features the Blabon linoleum floor, but also shows a number of 1920s elements that were probably home made. Many homemakers did a substantial amount of sewing so creating this combination of curtains, dressing table cover, and dust ruffle for the bed would have posed no problem. Painting the furniture was as easy as locating a perveyor of Duco Paints. Even making a fitted slipcover for the armchair was easily within our doughty housewife's skill set. And in the evening, by the fire, she was probably busy braiding the small rugs.

1924 - Lavander bedroom

This bedroom is a very soothing gray blue, lavender, and sage green scheme with a few rose red accessories. The focus is on the linoleum floor which was easy to maintain and attractive to live with. In the summer, carpets could be rolled up and stored then returned for their warmth underfoot in the winter.

1924 - Floral bedroom

This ad was published by the Wallpaper Manufacturers Guild. During the 1920s most wallpapers tended to be florals though most were somewhat less vibrant than this "in your face" print. The painted furniture and accessories are typical of a contemporary bedroom.

Oh, aren't they lovely?!
My life's dream (as many of you know) is to have a house that I can freely call my own home. These are pretty much how I would like to decorate my home when I get a hold of it. 
There's more, and I'll post it soon.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Love Story: Love with protest

Hey, hey..

Sunday again!
There's another lovely love story for us, coming from the same issue like the previous one, the "Dear Lonely Heart" magazine.

She was to marry him,.. but Life wanted otherwise.. so he went away, and came back with a wife! But, that was over a year ago..

And there's a lady with a heart of gold. not many women these days would be so curteous toward their old love's new wife. I do hope you've enjoyed this tale.