My Grannie was a teacher for 34 years.
While I have sweet memories of dancing around the living room to country music with her and swinging on the hammock until I fell out and rolled down the hill, I still eat up every little snippet I hear about her from other people, especially her former students.
My personal favorite story I’ve heard to date was when she dressed up in a cheerleader’s uniform and ran through the Dunlap Restaurant during the football player’s pregame meal to pep them up. This happened during the 80’s. That means she would have been in her 50’s and certainly a site to see in a cheerleader’s uniform.
My dad gave me a box a while back of things he didn’t want, but didn’t want to throw away. And since I have somehow earned the title of “Keeper of All Family Items That No One Else Wants to Store,” he handed the box over to me.
In that box were old interior design images with notes made in my Grannie’s handwriting. My dad said he assumed it was from when she taught home economics.
Considering how my grannie’s loud, curly-headed granddaughter turned out to have a passion for interior design, these pages were like gold to me.
I’m planning to frame them for my office, but before doing that, I took some pictures of them and thought it would be fun to share with you. I think it’s interesting to see how many of the elements in the photos have come back in style recently.
I’m guessing these are from the late 1950’s and/or the 1960’s. I couldn’t find dates on any of them. Below each photo I’ve written the notes my Grannie added as they are hard to read on some of the images.
Porch converted into den or everyday living area. Notice plants which help carry out the green color scheme.
When I saw this one, my first thought was that I would totally take that room. I really love the rattan furniture and of course, the green cushions. Did you catch that leaf print on some of the cushions? I’m seeing leaf prints on fabrics a lot lately.
Too much print! Why not use white cabinets and pink drapes, pink canister set, etc.?
Grannie, I completely concur. 😉
This one outlined the various types of paneling, which was huge during that era and into the 70’s as well. Of course, paneling these days isn’t everyone’s style, but I’m totally bringing it back.
Colors carried rather well but one would become tired of the floor and walls. Those patterns are too large. Notice use of baskets, bamboo in decoration.
I would kill for the hardware on those cabinets! Totally agree on the floor and bamboo on the walls though – it’s just too much. I am digging the narrow storage though on the end cabinets for platters and cutting boards.
Ceiling and bedspread the same material or design. Yellow (pastel) makes a restful room. Olive drapes.
I really love the shape of that headboard. I also think the fabric on the ceiling is a clever touch. While I wouldn’t opt for that pattern, it’s a neat idea.
What do you think? Are there any rooms you could live in or certain elements you love from these vintage design photos?