The Crazy Suburban Mom: Retro Tuesday to Lounge on...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Retro Tuesday to Lounge on...

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Today I have something that came from a just received Woman's Day, April 1955

It always surprises me how much people were able to do for themselves. And how much I would never think of tackling. The magazines routinely had patterns for crazy-complex crocheted tablecloths. I mean migraine inducing work. Dressmaking was standard I take it. Ads for buttons, patterns and material were in every magazine in the 1940's. Many also had ads for yarn, sewing notions and and sewing machines.

Rugs. Patterns for area rugs; I've seen quite a few of those. And furniture, too. Should you tire of the furniture you made there were also patterns to change what you made into other pieces.

I started buying the magazines for the quirky ads but I've noticed something; the newer the magazine the more likely there were to be ads. And the less likely that those ads were interesting. And now since we don't really 'do' anything, we just buy stuff, the magazines are full of nothing but ads. And neither the ads or the content is all that interesting.

So, 1955...

I was flipping through the magazine and saw this...


I love everything about it.

The chaise is quintessential 50's; so clean and timeless. The table is the perfect foil to set it off and the wood floor? It all rings true for me. The cherry on the retro cake is that the image is so wonderful; it should be framed.

Than I scan the page and realize...


it's not a decorating article...


It's a how to project

I made this a small but clickable image for anyone who
wants to take a look and maybe build this beauty. Having that
fabulous chaise would be a dream. Perhaps the only thing better
than having it would be knowing you made it yourself.

An aside here - I've been doing Retro Tuesday for a long time, alone.
Anyone want to do Retro Tuesday with me? Grab the Retro Tuesday Tag, link back to me and have at it! Post something Retro-Tuesdayish. It could be an an ad from a Vintage Magazine, or an old recipe from a community cookbook, something you bought...

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P.L. Frederick 9/29/09, 12:05 PM  

Hubba-hubba, that is some glorious Egyptian-inspired lounge. I accepted your challenge and posted a Retro Tuesday thing on the telegraph and Tweeting. It's called Everything Old Is New Again. Have a great minivan ride, Crazy.

P.L. Frederick (Small & Big)

Lidian 9/29/09, 1:34 PM  

Can I link my KR post to you? I will plan something for next Tuesday but it IS retro :)

As far as that chair, I'm just picking myself up off the floor after falling off my non-homemade desk chair, laughing. Because there is NO way I (or my mother or grandmother or anyone I know) could make that!

What a brilliant ad :)

Lidian 9/29/09, 1:40 PM  

Just linked to you in KR :)

The Crazy Suburban Mom 9/29/09, 1:41 PM  

PL - I visited your blog and left a comment! That post is spectacular. I love how appropriate it is for today with tweeting and all - yet its meant for such an old technology! AMAZING!

Lidian - You can add a link to any post that's retro on Retro Tuesday and all of yours are - Your posts are all good! Not everyone does retro like you do! And as far as that chair - yeah my mom would have never done that either - altho my dad was another story and to be honest when I saw that I thought, hmmmm.... maybe he could make that for me!

The Crazy Suburban Mom 9/29/09, 1:48 PM  

Lidian, Thanks for joining Retro Tuesday... I think it could be fun, you know? It's really the one thing I do that everyone seems to like! lol

@eloh 9/29/09, 2:28 PM  

I notice the ashtray on the table. I wonder if we should be collecting ashtrays?

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) 9/29/09, 7:16 PM  

I am so glad you stopped by! Neat blog and what a fun post! I love looking back and reading old mags just like you! Cindy

Mary 9/30/09, 1:47 PM  

It's on my calendar for next week. :)

Maureen 9/30/09, 9:59 PM  

Cool post so I linked to it in my blog.

Miss Mustard Seed 10/2/09, 8:02 AM  

That's a very cool looking chair, but not all that comfortable. I'm sure lots of housewives brought that picture to their husbands and asked them to make it! Nothing changes. :)

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