The Books

Regularly Referenced Books:

The majority of the images in Supergraphic Strategies are scanned from interior design books that were published during the 1970s. I provide citations for images within posts themselves, however a more complete bibliography also follows. Note that this is not an exhaustive list of 70s decorating books, rather the ones I own and reference in this blog. Though these books are all from the 70s, most of them also feature interiors from the 60s.

Alternatively, some of the images I post I find on websites. I cite their original print source if listed, or provide a link to the website whenever possible.

More Interior Design Books: is the most amazing book resource I’ve found to date – it lists over 100 interior design books from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, including a factual summary of each book’s content and most importantly, sample images from their pages. It also catalogs books on retro furniture design, house plans, and architectural rendering. Before I found this website, I used to buy any and all vintage decorating books I could find – now I can make informed choices.

I buy most of my books off of’s “used” listings. All you need to know is the name of the book you want to buy – search for it on and someone is probably selling it – cheap! Most titles can be bought for one to five dollars, plus $3.99 shipping and handling.


One response

  1. Jon Rueter

    I really like your blog. I found you via a search for interesting examples of supergraphics and was happy to discover we have a shared interest in 70’s design house porn. The original version of the House Book is my bible. I live in Northern California and love getting inspiration from all the Lane publishing Sunset books as well as the Better Homes & Gardens.

    Are you hosting any other sites these days? It looks like the most recent posts are several years old, yet timeless! Am I right? You seem like a kindred soul. I am on a budget. Of course. I fantasize about sunken living rooms but that won’t work with my space. Sound familiar? Then I’d love to talk (email). I would love to connect with someone else who struggles with how to update/backdate their space. Cheers, Jon

    July 14, 2016 at 3:28 am

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