My all time favorite design book is the 1961 Better Homes & Gardens Decorating Book.
So you can imagine how excited I was when intern Hayeon Jang brought in the 1975 version, an inspired purchase. Even at first glace, you can see from the covers how style and design changed in those fourteen years.
I love the rooms photographed in these books for their beautiful, bold style — a style that defined a moment in design and living.
I also enjoy their wacky, misguided, or flat out hideous design elements that make me wonder “what were they thinking??”
As I post pictures from both books, I hope you get a kick out of all elements that make them undeniably cool.