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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!


  1. Replies
    1. Yes, dear - it's utterly romantic!


  2. I have dreamt of a sleeping/sun porch for years!!

    1. Keep dreaming. There are folks out there who claim that dream don't pay up, but I'm a firm believer that you need to dream, and dream a lot - and it will come true.