Swap out your home decor for s...

May 21, 2017 by

Summer is for looking outdoors … so send the winter draperies to be cleaned and stored. In their place, drape lengths of fabric...

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Build a dream-come-true play h...

May 3, 2017 by

A backyard play house A picturebook house where she can go, where nobody ever says ‘No,” a hideaway where she can play,...

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A retro restroom rainbow: Colo...

Mar 26, 2017 by

Here’s some bright and bold bathroom decor, straight out of the late forties.

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Crafty ways with papier-mache ...

Feb 15, 2017 by

Crafty ways with papier-mache 1. Bathroom brighteners For wastebasket, cut two large oatmeal cartons in half lengthwise. Then fasten...

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America, show your colors! (19...

Jan 17, 2017 by

America… show your colors! Pick paint as your best color buy When the budget doesn’t allow new furniture or even...

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Fashion angels for yule out of...

Dec 20, 2016 by

You can fashion angels for yule out of paper You can fashion beautiful Christmas angels from papier-mache. You needs lots of...

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Make a welcoming Christmas wre...

Dec 6, 2016 by

The welcoming wreath It invites all callers to come inside and share the Christmas spirit with you The traditional symbol of welcome...

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Dazzling, jewel-like Christmas...

Dec 2, 2016 by

Make these for Christmas by Dorothy Lambert Brightbill Start your holiday decorating now by making our dazzling, jewel-like Christmas...

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How to make pomander balls (19...

Dec 1, 2016 by

How to make fragrant pomander balls Craft your own clove-studded oranges Pomander balls — they have a delightful spicy aroma...

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Stage a crafty Christmas clayb...

Nov 25, 2016 by

Christmas claybake In that magical and ever-quickening flurry of days and weeks before Christmas, when lists are drawn up, gifts...

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Turn spray cans into clever Ch...

Nov 25, 2016 by

Stocking stuffers are child’s play These Christmas stocking stuffers decorated by the children for mom and dad show how...

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Merry & bright Christmas ...

Nov 15, 2016 by

Christmas centerpieces At Christmas time, you want to set a bountiful, beautiful table, with your very best china, a cherished old...

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The Housewife’s Yuletide...

Nov 14, 2016 by

Yuletide Endurance Game Light Housekeeping’s Jolly Yuletide Endurance Game An exciting test of nerve designed for the fearless...

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How to craft clever Christmas ...

Nov 8, 2016 by

So pretty, such fun to do! One of the nicest Christmas customs we know is having both young and old make ornaments for the tree!...

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7 popular new home styles of t...

Oct 5, 2016 by

One of the first problems which confronts the prospective home builder is the selection of the style of architecture for his new...

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Mid-century modern carpet styl...

Aug 8, 2016 by

Siboney broadloom wall-to-wall carpet (1953) Siboney broadloom by Bigelow has more “extras” than a newsboy Just look at...

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Lucy & Desi Arnaz choose ...

Aug 8, 2016 by

From all these beautiful Bigelows, Lucille and Desi Arnaz chose their dream carpet BIGELOW has such a wide and wonderful selection of...

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Card tables & folding fur...

Jul 30, 2016 by

Set – for a couple or a crowd (1950) With Samson folding furniture   Living styles are changing as fun replaces formality...

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Vintage kitchens & family...

Jul 23, 2016 by

It’s new and you’ll love it! (1957) The textured look of exciting Random Tones in Kentile asphalt tile!   New...

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Retro bath towel styles of the...

Jul 23, 2016 by

These vintage bath towel styles are so very fifties — the colors, the patterns, the sculpting, and the advertising copy used to...

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Vintage home style: Vinyl floo...

Jul 2, 2016 by

Bathroom floor brilliantly inspired by abstract art (1958) Brilliantly inspired by abstract art — this refreshing bathroom...

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Inside Rhoda’s place (19...

Jul 1, 2016 by

“Hello, my name is Rhoda – this is where I live” Finding a great apartment in Manhattan isn’t exactly easy,...

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Mobile homes: The hot housing ...

Jun 21, 2016 by

Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the American Dream could be had — affordably, fully-furnished, and in style — if you wanted to buy a mobile home.

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Decorate your home with stenci...

May 13, 2016 by

Stencil it and save by Helene Brown If there’s a room in your home that needs an instant perk-up, try easy stencil decorating...

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What should you put in a hope ...

Apr 20, 2016 by

Winifred Black writes about the hope chest “What shall I put in my hope chest?” asks the girl in a letter. “We had...

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Field flower needlepoint (1973...

Apr 17, 2016 by

Fresh field flowers needlepoint design With full-color transfer Charming needlepoint pillow and embroidered picture are both made...

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5 clever children’s bedr...

Apr 11, 2016 by

Five wonderful workable playable children’s rooms Rooms where your children can be themselves, work and play and entertain...

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Sensible summer curtains (1902...

Mar 26, 2016 by

The sensible arrangement of summer window hangings Philosophers aver that the window often proclaims the householder. There is a...

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I Dream of Jeannie: Inside the...

Feb 15, 2016 by

Created to compete against the other big magical female-centric sitcom of its day, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie popped onto the...

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See 6 kitchens from 1950

Feb 1, 2016 by

Here’s a look at two real home kitchens and four model kitchens, all photographed in 1950. See the kitchens The kitchen in the...

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Warm colors best for the livin...

Jan 24, 2016 by

Warm colors are best for living room by Lynn Elson Fashions in color change every year on the home decorating scene, but personal...

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Make your own Christmas trimmi...

Dec 9, 2015 by

Make your own gay trimmings, advises clever El Paso decorator by Bessie Simpson Remember the days when Christmas trimmings were not...

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Bright, breezy easy windows: 1...

Nov 1, 2015 by

Bright, breezy easy windows Chintz curtains, like motherhood, have always been taken for granted as part of the American...

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Wisdom for window treatments (...

Apr 29, 2015 by

Love the house — love its windows! Unfortunately it doesn’t always happen that way. Some of us choose a Cape Cod for its...

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Frigidaire’s ‘wife...

Apr 18, 2015 by

What can we do with this horrible old kitchen? Frigidaire saves her from covering leftovers. A special storage area in this...

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American heritage: Pieced patc...

Mar 31, 2015 by

American Heritage: Pieced Patchwork Try your hand at these traditional patterns, pride of America’s past and adaptable for many...

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Make your kitchen the happy hu...

Feb 9, 2015 by

Who needs a nursery? Look what you can get to go with the family to make your kitchen the happy hub of your home! Know how you can...

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Fashion Brite Westclox alarm c...

Dec 31, 2014 by

From Westclox. Shades of a decorating revolution: New Bens in Avocado, flame, Blue and Woodtone. The era of colorless alarm clocks is...

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Terrariums: Gardens under glas...

Aug 4, 2014 by

A terrarium is not only easy and fun to put together, it’s a snap to care for. Here’s how you go about it.

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