Even though I grew up on a farm, I didn't spend much time in the classic "farmhouse". My parents built a ranch-style 4-bedroom house in 1976. We were spoiled farm kids in the sense that we didn't have to share attic bedrooms or endure steep staircases and layouts from a historical way of living.
While our new house was being built, our family of five lived in a 2-bedroom trailer house. My brothers were three and five, I was four. The trailer house was a practical, but cramped solution to living cheaply during construction. Besides being cramped, not everything worked in it. One of the interior doors would stick shut which resulted in my parents saying (a lot!) "Don't close that door!".
Though I knew to keep to myself my thoughts about a door you shouldn't shut: "Well, what's it for then?", I didn't know enough to actually NOT shut the door. Somehow, my (younger, peskier) brother got locked in until my parents came and "rescued" him. (He was never in any real danger and now he's really good at fixing things.)
The trailer house also allowed my parents to be close to the construction. Though they hired local neighbors and family members for the general construction, electrical, heating, etc, they did as much work themselves as possible. (My dad was putting shingles on the roof when my brother came home from his first day of Kindergarten.)
My mom was responsible for selecting all the finishing products. "Glacial till" field stones for one of the fireplace surrounds, cherry paneling in the Living Room with a lofted ceiling and exposed beams and (ya-ta-da-da!)...
this flooring (in green) for the kitchen/dinette area.
Armstrong Flooring Ad BHG 1976
You are probably not as shocked to see this as I was. To see the floor that always made me wonder (to myself mostly!) "Why? Why this (crazy) pattern, Moooom?" (Because of course, that quiet, but testy, 4-year-old morphed into a teenager!)
I did (finally) ask my mom why she choose this pattern.
After a quick, faraway look, my mom said simply: "Because I liked it."
Of course! The basis of all things "good" - design or otherwise. You must like it!
P.S. Are you loving the lantern and the hardware on the built-in buffet by the range?
I wanted to share the rest of the Better Homes and Gardens article with you, from, that's right 1976 (October!) The magazine is oversized by today's standards and sold for 75 cents an issue - my grandmother subscribed and passed them on to my mom. Somehow my childhood is tucked here - in the crafts, recipes, decor, even.
Check out what's still feels current...
Bold Patterns, classic pieces: The pattern on the sofa feels really current - as does the Parson's table. I know some of you (really cool) people own these chairs! The coffee table and lamps could go almost anywhere today and look new.
Ceiling Height Bookcases: We either have or want ceiling height built-in's - just classic. The reds, blues with the graphic rug are my favorites here. The upholstered pieces, even the painted trim is still "happening". I shared my favorite part of this room earlier in the week - I also love the upholstered dining chairs (even the fabric)!
"Pops" of Color:
(Again, with the upholstered legs!)
In the article below, "a busy teacher" lives here; take a look below at what she keeps on her shelves.
Metal penny banks (Uncle Sam, the Pitcher -that'd be baseball pitcher!) Do you see the guy next to Uncle Sam? My brothers had a bank like that growing up - the guy is holding a gun that you load with a penny, which is flung into the tree stump. We had lots of fun flinging pennies around!
Remember Encyclopedias? How about projectors and slides (on the table)?
(Huh - those would be my initials on the shelf!)
Here, though, is where I imagine myself: beautiful wicker chairs and a table (handmade, in my imagination, by my handyman). Rolls of fabric awaiting my next inspired project, sewing notions organized in textural baskets, "just enough" white dishes and the green outside space. Can't you see yourself spending a crafternoon here? Then having a a Mexican Buffet? (Quite possibly my favorite meal!)
Come back tomorrow for my favorite pic from the Oct '76 BHG - something's underfoot!
Well, no wonder I love this style so much:
Check out the upholstered legs on the stool in this (much posted & gorgeous) office by Domicile Interior Design.
This photo hangs on my inspiration/someday/wish board: subliminal:)...Have you bookmarked or pinned this image, too?
(The detailing around the back is a beautiful surprise.)
Though matching the print in the stools below looks a little DIY intimidating, the idea that you could take a "black-brown, pleather" stool from any retail store (or a craigslist find) to something like this is exciting!
Honestly, I didn't know. But Christine's right, this is big!
I happened to feature pieces found on OKL in this scheduled post - because OKL is awesome. How do I, country-gal-who-has-never-once-made-an-actual-purchase-from-One-Kings-Lane know this? Because OKL is featuring our favorite Design Bloggers in an upcoming Tastemaker Tag Sale!
I loved the curve of the chairs and the straight backs, and those upholstered legs! I'd been wanting an ottoman too and this one I kept recreating in my head (a new print; maybe two prints?; a little more bating on top; add some detailing around the curve?) Hmmm...