Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Interior Desecrations: Hideous Homes from the Horrible '70s by James Lileks


Console stereos, sunken living rooms, mirrored wallpaper, mixed prints. These are just some of the features that probably cross your mind when you think '70s decor. If not "NOPE." Honestly, I'm with the author in the sense that I agree that the '70s were just kind of the worst when it came to art and fashion, and that includes interior decorating. That said, the retro look some of these rooms had really did appeal to me, and with just a few tweaks, I could see some of these rooms looking pretty cute. The author, however, seemed not to degree. The vitriol of their commentary was a little off-putting, and looking at some of the reviews, it seems other reviewers didn't think that they were as funny as they seemed to think they were. (Did a rogue roll of '70s wallpaper kill your mother?)

Honestly, what really made this book for me were the pictures. Whether you love or hate the '70s, it's good design inspo, and it's a fun look into the trends of the decade.

4 out of 5 stars

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