Interior Design Through The Ages: THE 70s, THEN & NOW.

We all know that the current trend in home decor is totally leaning towards a 70s and 80s vibe… But for those of us too young to remember the 70s (also, we weren’t alive yet!) and enamored with its leftovers, what exactly does that mean?

I mean, try going vintage shopping with someone who lived through the 70s as an adult. You see an awesome pair of chromed out tube chairs, they see their first cheap dinette set… You see a sexy rattan arm chair, they see a piece of porch furniture. You see a rad brass lamp, they see a cruddy…. well, you get the picture. It’s hard to convince someone that the stuff they threw away so happily 20 and 30 years ago is now back, and in such high demand…(I read somewhere that new generations consistently gravitate toward the era of their grandparents, don’t know if thats true or not, but it makes sense to me! DUH!)

So lets check it out. I found this blog that hilariously uploaded the ENTIRE CONTENTS of the Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book from the 70s. They mock each picture relentlessly…

But me, hey, I kinda like it. And maybe you will to. So here’s to THEN, and here’s to NOW, cause its all pretty awesome in a kitschy way… If a bit wacky.

Then & Now: Red, white and blue:

Then & NOW: Trellis Print:

THen & Now: Swanky Canopy Bed:

Then & NOw: Striped Bathroom:

THen & Now: Suzani Sofa:

THen & NOw: Peacock Chair:

THen & NOw: Crazy wallpapered Staircase:

THen & NOw: Red, white and silver:

(Now Rooms: Kelly Wearstler, Kelly Wearstler, Miles Redd, J Crew, Unknown, Kelly Wearstler, Elle Decor)

It’s no accident that half of these rooms are by Kelly Wearstler and Miles Redd, I mean they ARE the ones who ushered back in the trend! I wish I could have found a better match for that burgundy velvet sofa photo… I freaking love it, and would live in it. I’d also take that marbled stairwell, but change the carpet on the stairs…

Anyway… I thought this was hilarious and fun! Hope you enjoyed our trip down memory lane… What are your favorite regurgitated furniture trends? What do you hope NEVER comes back?

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  1. How fun! Funny how so many “dated” things can feel fresh after we’ve had a little distance from them for awhile. As I’m sitting here thinking of what I never want to come back, I can’t help but think it all will (in some way) eventually!

  2. Except for the peacock chair and the red/white/blue, I love all the “then” photos way better. If all that 70’s shit was sitting in some warehouse somewhere, I’d stop whatever I was doing, get in a car, and go there IMMEDIATELY.

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      I wish the photography of those rooms was better. So we could really see all the details.

  3. It is crazy how everything comes back! This was amazing to see these side by side photos, especially that Kelly Wearstler entryway with the rounded staircase and wallpaper. I don’t think my parents would have imagined that 70s decor would ever come back and definitely have similar feelings that you described above.

  4. Lawny says:

    I love this book! I have it and a few other ‘Sunset’ books as well. The staircase and the last room are my FAVES, great post :) PS: PLEASE buy those amazing tubular chairs and use them somewhere!! I died when I saw them, perfectly masucline/feminime sexy.

  5. Mary Rose says:

    love the couch in the now red white and silver

  6. This post I’d the Bees Knees! love to see the differences and similarities…ESP since I was a teen in the 70’s. I love both!

  7. very cool nicole.

  8. Carmen says:

    OMG that mirrored canopy bed! <3 Where is it from?

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      It is probably either vintage or custom made for Miles Redd, the designer. However, I know that Nancy Corzine makes a mirrored 4 poster bed that is very similar.