What kind of a Friday would it be with that the photos of another family should grace this humble blog? I so loved the color and splash of the pictures from this flickr stream that they were an obvious choice for inclusion in this week's batch. Folks! Come for glamour, stay for the hairstyles.
|Two words: Lamp. SHADES.|
The woman in the red dress on the sofa, holding the little baby, is I think Sharon (if I'm decoding the family Christmas card right), who is married to Bob. And what an adorable 1950's and 60's couple they make! How lovely their family looks gathered together in these full-color snapshots. Because I used the search term "mom 1962", I came up with a number of well dressed women in lipstick and pearls, but this one could give Wanda Jackson a run for her money in the brunette good looks (she's temporarily blonde in the above photo) and style, style, style.
Want proof? Look at her hair in the photo on the left, below. That bouffant, bangs, lipstick, and painted eyebrows combination is so spot-on for a glamazon of the time.
The house in the first picture appears to be one of the other ladies' in the picture (maybe the older woman?), as Sharon's house is MCM to the nines'. See the sunburst clock on the wall? The gold pleat pinch drapes and the red Eames-ish saucer chair of the photo on the right? OH, there is so much more in the background of other photos (the aforementioned chair set, this sectional, for example, for which I would give my eyeteeth). Sometimes I think about what thrift stores and second hand stores must have been filled with in the seventies' or eighties', when the more progressive of mid-century people would have scrapped the Danish modern look for something more decade-appropriate. I know there were plenty of stalwarts, as we can tell from going to time capsule estate sales in which nothing is out of place for a 1956 built home, but think of the others who were out with the old and in with the new!
Above are two perfectly composed family-in-the-yard-on-a-holiday shots. In the photo on the right, Sharon is actually pregnant with her third child, Rob, who appears in his father's arms in the slightly later photo on the left. Have you seen a more glamorous maternity ensemble? Until I really looked and saw the next photos in the set were in a hospital with a newborn, I didn't even notice she was expecting! The blue hat atop the bouffant, the sling back heels, and the purse of my dreams are all killing it. And how about the two little girls coordinating and matching (respectively) ensembles? These dresses look just like something Cindy Brady would wear (high praise in my book).
What a cute little girls' room! See the matching dust ruffles-to-curtains, and the blue duvets? See the oversized stuffed animals flopping over on the little storage piece in the corner? See Sharon's thong sandals, white cigarette pants, and lavender top?
The obligatory "by the mantle" photo of the husband and wife, and then the whole gang, including two pups! I am unendingly jealous that the little pre-teens on the right got to wear black go-go style boots and pleather jumper ensembles. They look like tiny Nancy Siantras! See how the dad, Bob, has suits in both forest green and a golden rod tan color, and looks slick as can be in either of them. And the carpet! And the carpet. I have determined from close study that this is the exact carpet in my grandmother's house, except hers was an avocado green color. Did your grandparents have nutty carpeting like this in their house? I love the statement it makes, especially compared to boring, boring off white and taupe in 100% of new construction houses these days.
Speaking of new construction houses:
While none of these photos were captioned, they look like pages from the 2013 "Houses Lisa Would Like to Live in" catalog (buy now!). And the landscaping!! Those yucca looking plants near the door! The ivy along the perimeter of the yard and that perfectly manicured plot of grass in front! Here's the same place in a "before" shot....see what a difference carefully landscaping can make? It's cute even without all the foilage, but whoo wee, how lush it looks with it!
I think this may have been the duplex they lived in prior to the new house above? Or maybe it's somebody else's house, I have no idea. I do know that I am hopelessly in love with this confection of a pink-stucco building. See the pretty tilt of the roof that does a kind of mansard-like thing at the front? CUTE. AS. A. BUTTON.
At any rate, there's your full color photos this Friday! Which snap is your favorite? Did you and your siblings have any matching or coordinated outfits in your youth? Did you live in a particularly "of the era" house or did your parents roll with the changes pretty well as one decorating school of thought gave way to another over the decades? Which one of these outfits or homes would you like for your very own? Do tell.
That's all for today, kiddos! I will see you back here on Monday with my crazy, crazy Craigslist find (anticipation level: high, haha). :) Til then!