Right on, I say!
You can read her post here. A second interesting point was made therein, which was that homes in the 50s were nowhere near as 'atomic' as we like to think they were, and in fact a whole 'retro' (as we might now call it) thing was happening back then too.
Personally I love the atomic 50s look- black hairpin legs on anything, plastic ribbon lamps, kidney shaped anything, harlequin colours, teak furniture...the list goes on!
But I don't like every single thing just because it's 50s, and neither would anyone else. Then, as now, people had to work within the limits of their budget, the shape and size of their house, and the many other constraints life places on us.
And it got me to thinking...let's have a look at what was REALLY happening in peoples homes in the 50s. How much 'cool atomic 50s stuff' did the average family have in their house? And if 50s/60s/70s is considered retro now, what did retro look like in the 50s??
|Lots of fake wood laminate (yuck) but the print atop the dresser on the far left looks groovy|
|Nothing much for me here except maybe the leopard print stool|
|I like the white chair but that's all. Notice the Victorian style copper log holder-retro!|
|Don't mind the lounge but everything else is pretty awful|
|Love this blue sofa and I'd have it in a flash but the rest of the room is blah|
|I love the pole lamp and the t.v., again notice 'retro' Victorian style brass fire dogs & tools|
|Awesome t.v. but that white armchair would fit right in to any shabby-themed decor right now and is a copy of a much earlier style|
|A few cool pieces here but nothing outstanding, where is the Danish modern??|
|Very big on indoor plants!|
|I love the curved sofa and the radio but again theres not much atomic goodness here|
|A boring room, and more indoor plants!|
|The sideboard looks like it might be okay but you can see where the Brady Bunch got it all from|
|colonial revival, blue chintz and mustard walls...you're welcome to it!|
|Wood panelling yet again, and kitsch-o-rama pineapple candle holder|
|No thrilling furniture here, but I do love the purple window seat and light shades above it|
|I like the built-in sofa but that's about all!|
Now let's have a look at what one could buy for the home in the 50s. These pics are all taken from American 'House Beautiful' magazines from 1959.
|Decorative cane, I love this but it's not exactly atomic, is it?|
|This is an ad. for carpet-finally a bullet planter!|
|love this patio set|
|More 'retro' colonial revival, and it's still being produced today|
|Teak tables...but not as WE know them!|
|I think Ikea still make similar to these|
|Finally something we might consider atomic!!|
|Retro alert! But not my style...|
|And again! Tell me, would you have this in your 50s-themed house??|
|Oriental-the 'new trend'|
|Yup, this is what I like|
|This stuff has apparently never waned in popularity. I love the round seat and the overall fancy style|
|Apparently 'French Provincial' was a catchphrase even then-who knew?|
and from Australian House and Garden, 1956
|classic anodised lamp|
|Awesome patio screens and furniture|
|love this shelving unit|
|All that wood panelling had to come from somewhere...But at least she looks good!|
|I'm not sure about this flooring-do you like it??|
So tell me, what is your taste in 50s home decor? Or maybe you don't like 50s at all...