Vintage Better Homes and Gardens 1956

dsc02636Don’t you just love to get special gifts in the mail? It is Christmas time now so I am sure lots of things are arriving in the mail but a few months back I received a package completely out of the blue from a good friend who also happens to be a fellow vintage lover. Our styles are different but she knew when she saw this I would love it and couldn’t resist. I am so glad she couldn’t because it is now one of my favorite things!


What arrived at my doorstep is a copy of a Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book published in 1956. What I love the most is that flipping through this 60-year-old book you might never know that some of the spaces were not styled today. Most of them looked just as fresh today as they did then, which just goes to show great style is timeless.


I mean look at this room, these pieces would fit seamlessly into a Jonathan Adler shoot


and decorating tips have not dated themselves one bit, “Grey Can Be Contemporary” guys!


The bold fabrics are right on trend.


And I have to admit I am coveting just about every piece of furniture in this room. West Elm eat your heart out!


How about this one, that red chair and fabric is calling my name.


Okay so the kitchen shots might be a little dated but how cool is that wallpaper on the ceiling?

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My favorite part is the section that talks about my thrifty ways and how to blend the old with the new.


Only I guess their new is now my old…


I wish I could share every page. Since I can’t I’ll just remind you to hunt your own or stop by for a visit to flip through mine.

Thank you Rebecca for the amazing gift!


  1. I would love that aqua/teal kitchen! Is that glass-top table triangle shaped? How brilliant!

    What I really love is how minimally the rooms are staged, yet they’re still full of character. I struggle with not filling up every square inch of space with a piece of furniture!

  2. Michelle says:

    This was so amazing, I immediately went online and found a copy to purchase for myself! Also, I really love the re-do on the South Carolina ranch-style rental house. My husband and I, along with our two little dogs, live in a 1960 Kentucky fieldstone (gray) ranch style house, and your post inspired me!

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