I am not happy. Lately, everything around me seems dull and without spark – except me. I am dull and with plenty of sparks! Some days I sink into my old couch and pout and others I want to pick up the nearest lamp and throw it through the window! No, it’s not from listening to the world news or worry over the flagging economy. I’ve been reading DIY and design blogs.
Sigh. So many wonderful ideas, so much beautiful décor. It makes my home look so drab. I’d love to fix things up but don’t know where to start. Love to know where you get your ideas for sprucing up your home.
Dear Loved One,
I adore DIY and design blogs! But like you I am often overwhelmed by all the talent and hardly know where to begin. If only we could travel back to a simpler time when one could just:
|I'm changing mine by calling a cab and running off to Niagara Falls with the Carpet Salesman!|
Luckily, Helen has her impressive reference library. IOW – she found this while
scrounging shopping smartly through a thing called the J’Town Mall O Venders.
|It's a pizzeria! It's a den! It's the place we're sticking the in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner!|
Home Modernizing for 1953??
Can you say cutting edge design for the forward thinking (should that be backward thinking?) home maker?
|Can you say lazy way out of actually doing the hard work of giving advice on interior design?|
You can say whatever you want, Helen isn’t listening. Not after she saw these:
|I actually think they are kinda cute.|
as the unacceptable alternative to keeping warm with modern heating methods. Remodel rather than wear ugly shoes? THIS is Helen’s kind of magazine!
Surely these are the recommendations of the brightest minds of almost 60 years ago! They must be bright – look at those color schemes!
|Take THAT all you designers bent on neutrals!|
What did they suggest women do when they wanted to improve the look of their homes?
|Do? The dishes, of course. That's what women DO!|
And AFTER they got back from kicking their low brow dish drudge dorky hubbies to the curb? Well, if he was simply sent to sleep on the couch the modern housewife need not let that interfere with her nightly nagging. Just get the newest thing – the sofa bed! – and join hubby right there in the living room.
That’s fine for modernizing one’s marriage.
|Lillian pampers Norman. She picks out his cute outfits, feeds him by hand, even strokes his head when he lays it in her lap. Norman thinks she treats him like a king. Lillian thinks: All the fun of a poodle, none of the bother of poo on the carpet!|
But what about getting your house up to date with the latest trends?
Home Modernizing suggests a Rec Room in the basement. It’s the ideal place for when ‘teens take over’ according to one article.
|Man, three whole channels and Nothing on worth watching!|
Though, from this illustrations, I’d be more worried about the younger set.
"Ernie, Mommy and Daddy are a little concerned by the target and airplane schematic on your wall."
"Aw, Mom, those are for fun. Now watch me tie the shoe with which I will crush the will of my oppressors!"
|On second thought, maybe that 'make your own nuclear generator' wasn't such a good idea. On the bright side, Louise and Burt saved a bundle reading by the soft glow of their own skin.|
It can’t be any harder than any other task faced by the modern homemaker, can it?
Not if the modern homemaker is Helen – who has her own recommendation for improving the look of your surroundings instantly!