TBT: 1985 Dorm Decor

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Straight out of Seventeen magazine, August 1985

 

Are you a fan of ’80’s style? I’ve been noticing a fair amount of references to the 1980’s across the design spectrum over the past few years. What with nostalgia, the cyclical nature of trends, and The Goldbergs, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more!

For some Throwback Thursday fun, check out these images I scanned from the August, 1985 issue of Seventeen magazine. Although I was much closer to 7 than 17 when it came out, this spread probably still informs my interior design sensibilities in some way. Take a closer look:

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Okay, so some of the copy hasn’t aged well, I’ll grant you that (‘rowdy raspberry’ sheets, anyone?). But there’s a lot here that still looks cute to me: the pixelated Marimekko bedding, the dress as decoration, the pops of bright jewel tones against the white walls, the use of natural wicker baskets and plants to ground things —all work for me, plus I love that they actually shot this in a real, honest-to-goodness dorm room. They even included a floor plan:

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How practical! Also practical?

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This shot of the dorm-issued desk, dresser, and armoire arranged to make a study nook. Is it the most photogenic feature to have shown? Not even the potted geraniums or the hilariously self-referential Barnard College poster (look closely at all of the pics and see how many other ‘casual’ references to Barnard and Seventeen you can find) can keep this from looking like exactly what it is: sturdy, mass-produced furniture that is long on function and short on design. But it feels genuine to what living in a dorm was like, and I kind of love that Seventeen included something so grounded in reality.

One last look: (I am also a bit drawn to the roller blind- is it good, or is it just basking in the reflected glow of the daisies?) 

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Tricolor Bouquet

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For this week’s bouquet, my husband picked up 3 bunches of Alstroemeria flowers for me. Also known as Peruvian Lillies, these inexpensive, long-lasting blooms are easy to find and come in a variety of colors. I love their easy-going charm. At first I considered distributing them, a stem or two each, into a bunch of different bottles, but then I got taken with the idea of massing them together in an ombré fashion. The size of the gesture appealed to me. The bouquet turned out looking more like stripes than ombré, but I still dig it.

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The vase was a vintage freebie from my in-laws when they were weeding their basement. The groovy harvest gold takes me way back- and works well with the colors in our living room!

Real Estate Daydreaming: Powerball Edition

Last Wednesday, I’ll admit, my husband and I joined the legions of people who bought tickets for the billion dollar powerball drawing and indulged in some hardcore daydreaming. Mostly, we were thinking about how instantly having that kind of money would allow us to move the needle on preserving/protecting/restoring the Great Lakes watershed and other charitable ventures. But we also found time for some real estate daydreaming. It was great fun falling down the rabbit hole that is http://www.lakehouse.com. We narrowed it down to 2 favorites.

First up? Look at this lovely slice of Lake Michigan coastal living: (the following pictures are from the listings and are not my own)

http://www.lakehouse.com/page-422599.html

Located on 19 acres, this mid-century gem caught our eyes. The listing touts the investment/development potential, saying one could parcel the property out for 4 additional houses. Forget that! I’d want to leave the property/land/coast as untouched as possible. It’s along both the coast of Lake Michigan and a river that feeds into the lake. Look at these views:

Yes, please!

Door number 2? A total wild card pick in Wyoming:

http://www.lakehouse.com/page-427123.html

This 55 acre spread backs up to a river and is bordered on 2 sides by the Shoshone National Forest. Heart stopping.

Right??? That’s a lot of “wow”.

Fun stuff. Where would you live if money was no object?

 

 

 

The Sweetness of No Reason

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Friday was a challenging one at work. Without even knowing about it, my husband surprised me with a dozen roses when he arrived home from his job. Day? Instantly better.

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I popped these into a mid-century pitcher I’ve had for a few years. (It’s the ‘Heavenly Days’ pattern, produced in the 1950’s by Vernon’s or Vernon Kilns, out of California. A lucky thrift store score!)

Whose day might some flowers make in your life? Because, while they’re a lovely gesture on an anniversary or Valentine’s Day, it’s hard to top the sweetness of receiving flowers for no reason. 😊

 

 

Floral Puff

imageI picked up a bunch of pink carnations for a new bouquet. Some of the green bits from my earlier bouquets still looked good, so I incorporated them into this arrangement. Inspired by the poufiness of the green stuff and the round shape of the Fiesta vase, I decided to gather the carnations up into a tight, rounded bunch. Love how it turned out!

While I’m just playing around with flowers and they’re inexpensive ones from the grocery store, here are a few things I’ve learned:

  1. Change the water and trim the stems frequently (every day or every-other-day) to extend the longevity of the bouquet.
  2. Concerning water temperature, I generally shoot for cold to room temp, but using warmer water can help coax buds to open a little faster (works especially well with roses).
  3. No floral foam or frogs? Rubber bands, twist ties, or string are an easy way to help bouquets hold the shape you want. (Fishing line can be great when using transparent containers.)

Start a Resolution

I used to think that New Year’s resolutions were, well, kind of cheesy. Shouldn’t you always be setting goals? Why does turning the page on a calendar matter?  This year, I’m trying to shift my thinking. Trying to see crafting a list of resolutions as a chance to slow down and approach life with some intentionality. It’s cold and miserable outside, I’m sort of cocooning inside, so it seems like a good time for reflection and planning.

One resolution that I have set? More flowers inside!image

My husband picked up a few bunches of cut flowers a few days ago for $4.00. I arranged them very simply in some empty bottles. Not expensive, not fancy, but what a mood brightener. So one of my resolutions? To remember to take the time to treat myself to the joy of a bouquet more often.

What are you planning for yourself in 2016?