I was thinking back to when I was in my early twenties. We had Pier 1 back then. But it didn’t at all look like Pier 1 looks now.
Back then it was filled with baskets and bohemian style decorations.
Now I don’t think it has nearly the charm it did back then. Do any of you recall the Pier 1 of the late seventies?
I recall finding many a flat basket to decorate my walls with. Now that trend is back again. And I don’t have one flat basket. They got lost somewhere along the way.
And the ones stores sell now are kind of expensive.
I recall in our first little house we had this small closet for coats, etc. It wasn’t in a hall, just part of the living room.
I added a shelf mid-closet, painted it orange, and sewed a skirt for the bottom half of the door. It became a mini bar.
I didn’t even drink, but for some reason I loved the idea of creating that bar. I’ve always loved to look at something and see if I could make it into something else.
I was probably 20 or 21 when I painted the kitchen walls yellow and added red wall shelves to one wall. Now that was colorful! But I loved it. To me it was cozy and cute.
I never lived in a decorated home growing up. It was just a plain little house and I shared a bed with my grandmother. I always wanted my own room. Wanted to personalize a room and make it all mine.
So as an adult, I wanted to decorate everything. And fill my home with house plants. Which again is a current trend.
I didn’t even know the word “bohemian” back then. But that is probably what you might have called my style.
I sure got my exercise moving the furniture around. It always pleased me to find a new way to arrange things and then do a little redecorating. The furniture was plain and old. But I always found ways to spice things up.
I had never even heard of the word “vignette“.
The kids were small and I didn’t have time to garden outside. But I filled the house with plants. On most of the surfaces and hanging from the ceiling.
I didn’t know anything about style. Or trends. I could only afford Family Circle and Woman’s Day magazine because they were under a dollar each back then. Actually I think each one was under 50 cents. So what new decorating ideas I got came from those magazines or the Sears catalog.
I even remember the anticipation of going grocery shopping and wondering if the new magazine issues were out yet.
Now we have Pinterest. I think most everyone but me does Instagram. We have online magazines. The print magazines are kind of cost prohibitive. They would have been way out of my budget back then.
Funny how one thing you remember makes you recall something else. And the old days return to your memory in vivid color.
I think it was best that we didn’t have much. I wouldn’t have learned to be creative if I could have afforded to walk into a furniture store and buy what I wanted. I learned to “make do.”
I know if, back then, I had seen distressed furniture, I would have thought poorly of it. I would not have considered the furniture distressed, but instead I would have thought it was “destroyed.”
I still can’t make myself to do that. Paint something and then distress it. I love the look of it, but I just can’t bring myself to distress it. Those old habits linger.
Oh, how things have changed. What kind of decorating were you doing way back when?