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I love color, which is why the 1970s is one of my favorite eras. I just love looking through old interior design books—and while the 50s and 60s offer midcentury chic at it’s finest, the 1970s is like Mad Men on acid. TOO MUCH FUN! (erm…..the interiors….not Mad Men on acid.) I have several design books and The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement (whew! say that 10x fast) is one of the best. It’s a multi volume collection of style. Be prepared to have your mind blown….












Which were your favorites?? I’m loving the lime green…the lucite…the built-ins in that bedroom with the green TV (LOVE) and then there is THE BED. Which is terrifyingly fab! And you??

{Images from Practical Encylopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, 1970. While I own several of these books, I must confess I was lazy and didn’t scan them. These were scanned by the lovely Sandi Vincent. Many thanks Sandi!}

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  1. georgiapeachez says

    OMG, those green chaises and the Taj Mahal bedroom, swoon. I was a teenager in the 70’s and it’s my favorite era. I have fond memories of my self embroidered jeans and workshirts, my platform shoes and potholder vests.

    • Alix says

      It was really the most colorful era wasn’t it?? Even the average guy wore a crazy tie or colorful pants!

  2. Heather says

    My mom actually had that green desk! Too funny!

    • Alix says

      Dear Heather’s Mom,
      WE WANT YOUR DESK!!!!!


  3. Kristen says

    Wow, this is my favorite era of design… mid century modern that went just a little to far before the earthy 70s backlash. All the step down pits & colorblocking is superb. Is that an organ right in front of the Tv… 4th photo down!?

    • Alix says

      OH YES, that is indeed an organ. I love this period too. And you hit it on the head…that early 70s was the best, still a bit of the 70s influence and not too knee deep in macrame!

  4. Jill Browning says

    I imagine this is what heaven will look like. I’m not kidding…!

  5. Brigitte says

    Those were exactly Ria’s colors, remember: the den purple(!!!!!) their bedroom orange, ktichen walls and cabinets lime green and yellow. her refrigerator was called ‘avocado’I
    think there is a color called ‘ocker? or is that German? Its a mix of brown and yellow and green.
    Great finds. Also very popular were those plastic tables
    Oh yes, and there is the organ , of course.

  6. nileta says

    oh wow! i wish we used more color and simple lines nowadays. sometimes all that minimal, steel surfaces are too cold for my taste 🙂

  7. ashley says

    I love the black and white trend that’s so hot right now, but I just can’t rid my life of color… I love me some 1970’s fab too. Great images, as always.

  8. Sam Westhoff says

    Hey there! I am getting ready to release an album, and I found the second picture with the round ceiling lamp! Was wondering if I could get your permission to use this as an album cover?

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