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1970s Homes … in Miniature

1970s home? Nope, dollhouse.

It makes perfect sense. 1970s dollhouses were inspired by 1970s homes. We are inspired by 1970s homes. 1970s dollhouses can inspire us. (Otherwise stated as d=h and i=h, thus d=i).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Resources

Check out more 1970s dollhouse photos on the Flickr pages of The Shopping Sherpa, Pub Doll, Call-Small, and diepuppenstubensammlerin. All photo credits go to them.

Wallpaper Panels

Vintage wallpaper is hard to come by – unless you buy a house with it already stuck on. (Lucky!) And even if you do come across some rolls, it’s usually way overpriced because of its rarity (Bradbury & Bradbury anyone?). However, small scraps of wallpaper aren’t hard to find at all! So where does that leave us?

Wallpaper panels.

Take your wallpaper scraps, frame them, and hang ’em on the wall. Done.

Of course, don’t limit yourself to wallpaper – fabric, carpet, leftover vinyl from your great aunt’s kitchen floor, or scrap contact paper from a drawer liner would work just as well!

How to

To frame your scrap pattern, purchase some wooden molding from a hardware store. Pick a color from the pattern, and paint the molding in that shade (or stain it – if the color you want happens to be brown). Measure your scrap, cut the molding to length, and nail it together. Finally, make sure you screw a piece of masonite (or similar material) to the back of your frame.

If you don’t want a border around your panel, you can buy stretcher bars from a local art store and hang your panel like a canvas. However, don’t try this with wallpaper; you will need a material that will stretch, like fabric.

As a final note, I would recommend not hanging just one panel in a room – hang at least two in the same pattern. Repeating patterns throughout a room will pull the whole room together.

Citations

All the images in this post come from Better Homes and Garden’s Decorating Ideas Under $100. (Bet you could have guessed that one).

Carpeted Couches (with Cushions!)

I have never had the pleasure to run into a seating platform – however, I do love sitting on carpeted floors! (Not the same, I know.) However, I suppose some people might find the sensation of a carpeted level uncomfortable. For those people, there are cushions.

Essentially carpeted bases, all these do-it-yourself couches need are some throw-pillows:

Or be daring and forget the cushions altogether!

Literally sit on your carpet and eat your lunch boy:

How-To

You will need to plan for your built-in couches before carpeting (or re-carpeting) a room. First, build a base for your couch(es) out of plywood. Then, simply have your carpet installed up and around these bases. Afterwards, add store-bought or hand-made cushions or large pillows! Done!

Citations

The images in “Carpeted Couches with Cushions” are from: The House Book (1974), Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book (1975), unknown, The House Book (1974), The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement (1970), The House Book (1974), The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement (1970), and Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book (1975).