Posts tagged “Retro

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.


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:


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!


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).

Contact Paper

Vintage contact paper is hard to come by. So is modern contact paper with retro patterns. Thus, let’s consider this a gallery of inspirational images rather than a modern home decorating tip.

The background of the above shelves are done over in Con-Tact’s “CINDY” pattern (in the circle).

Con-Tact also sold textured contact paper – essentially fabric with a self-adhesive back:

“Quick Changing Front Panels”

It looks like these women are putting contact paper on their kitchen appliances. It’s hard to tell. Tappan ads calls them “quick changing front panels” (below) and Frigidaire refers to them as “designer doors” (above) so maybe not. Both images are from 1968.

Additional Resources

Visit to view more images of Con-Tact brand contact paper: