Backyard decks have become a staple of American architecture for relaxation and socializing. See dozens of different deck designs from the second half of the 20th century here.
This curated collection of vintage photographs invites you to explore the classic charm of screened-in porches, patios, lanais, and pool enclosures from bygone decades.
From neatly organized tool racks to clever storage solutions, these 1950s (and early 60s) home workshops maximize space and productivity.
These retro laundry rooms have decor so fresh they could influence the modern versions! Take a look back at these washer and dryer areas from yesteryear.
This vintage study’s boho decor included at least eight different styles – and that’s not even to mention the designs featured on the area rugs on the floor.
Space expanded in a small room when compact furniture was paired with visually expansive wall art — all created to decorate this space age small apartment back in 1970!
Here’s an inviting vintage boho-style tented nook that was created almost entirely with patterned fabrics and carpeting.
The freshness of growing plants and striped shades on this peppermint-striped sun porch created a relaxing view from a simple but formal dining room.
This Beverly Hills mansion’s elegant study décor – seen here in the early 1970s – was a portrait of contrast between warm surfaces of natural wood and solid expanses of deep blue silk.
This mellow 1970s rap room concept was very much a retro thing, although these spaces weren’t just for hippies. In fact, this particular room was a pretty high-end version. Dig the details here.
This beautiful vintage striped sunroom decor complimented the garden’s natural greenery that was just on the other side of the three glass window walls.
Full of candy colors, this cheerful open-air bubblegum pink sunroom from the 70s was set up to make it easy to have a little party any time.
A frame of sunshine colors softened the view of the sliding glass doors in this poolside party room without impeding either the view or traffic to the terrace.
A two-sided stone fireplace sat between this renovated home’s solarium and game room. It featured a modern style molded plaster hood, and an elevated round marble hearth.
Every vertical surface in this uniquely artistic living room was painted blue – moldings, mantel, window frames, shutters and all. The horizontal surfaces were painted white – even the parquet floor.
Dark on blue striped decor teamed up with reversed tones in the wallpaper for a captivating scheme in this vintage study/guestroom from 1970.
This retro 60s country-style sitting room welcomed guests with green pastel walls and cabinetry that instantly gave the space a lively personality.
Formerly an oversized landing passageway, this home’s hallway was converted into a bright striped sitting room, eminently usable as extra space for entertaining.
Do you like the warmth of retro wall paneling, but find the simple wood plank lines a little less than exciting? Here’s an old-school way to use this basic material in a new way.
A personal room that invited family or friends, this cozy sunroom from the 70s was a dazzle of color – but the colors never intimidated, never overpowered.
The light blue color in a country-style gingham check wallpaper is adorable in this welcoming children’s playroom/nursery that was decorated in the late 60s.
The sweet smells of growing things and the refreshing air of the outdoors were built-in when your house had a vintage atrium courtyard!
Like most striking rooms, this windowless sitting area’s well-blended elements were surprisingly simple. Here’s a look.
These vintage glass screen dividers, brilliantly decorated with undersea motifs, offered a beautiful and creative way to visually expand this space without adding a lot of weight.
Sunshine brightened this cheerful 1930s morning room – a sort of casual sitting room or family room, positioned in the home to catch the morning sun.
Back in the late sixties, the most private room in this 300-year-old remodeled mill in Roxbury, Connecticut, was the relaxing attic retreat on the fourth floor.
As many blues as the waters of the Caribbean was the color treatment of the beautiful 1930s drawing room shown here – a symphony in subtle blues and jade green.
As this girl’s interest and sewing expertise grew, she asked her parents to transform a tiny, unused back room into a super-efficient, light and cheerful sewing room just for her.