Six great 1961 interiors – floors, furniture, art, outrageous interiors and more

I have been reading everyone’s suggestions for updates to the blog – many thanks! – and keep them coming.


I already was on course to add many more photo galleries – and I get my fancy gallery tool and tutorial later today.


Meanwhile, I could not hold off from showing this delicious 1961 eye candy – photos from Kentile and Congoleum Nairn ads during the year.


1961_kentile-mosaic-santa-sofiaAren’t these so…70s? It is SO INTERESTING, when you start wading through periodicals, that so many trends were foreshadowed a good 8-10 years before they were adopted by the masses and entered our collective memories now active today. I swear, our 1971 split level had features just like those here. I could be wrong. I need to study the 60s and 70s more. That’s coming, too.




Click through to see these side-by-side in a gallery.

  1. ElizaO says:

    Why is everything in today’s Mod Up-to-Date style so bleek and blan now!? I am most sure that if I had the option for a pink appliance vs these new stainless steel that are all the rave, I’d opt for pink. Now it almost cost an arm and a leg to get those appliances. I live in an apartment unfortunately and have rules about hat I can and can not do to my home. I have dark maple cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances. What I wouldn’t give to spray food safe pink on paint all my appliances, and paint my cuboards. Does anyone out there know what I CAN DO to Retro Renovate my sleek up-to-date apartment? I wouldn’t live here if it weren’t brand new and rent cheap with resort style like licing and it having proper ac and it being so close I can walk to chool and work and am in the heart of the antique markets. My first apt I rented, favoring the never updated 60’s style OR the modern niceties such as central ac made me opt for newer places and swap “sleek” new style appliances for my beloved 50’s-60’s style. PLEASE HELP ME with advice on what I can do to make that old charm come alive in my “sleek” rental. I CAN PAINT, but as far as demolishing or painting the buildig wooden cabnitries, I dint think they’d be too happy.

  2. Sharlene Curnow says:

    I have a towel bar and towel ring(double ring) from the “Star Line Housewares, Inc.” bathroom accessories line. I have no use for them I found them at an estate sale with the intent to install them in my home and ended up not doing so. I can tell they have never been used just need to be cleaned up with sos pad no rust or pitting. I am at a loss as to what to sell them for “fair price” could you help me?

  3. 1953 Ranch Anita says:

    Great images! The Kentile mosaic vinyl flooring sample shown here is in the bathroom of my 1953 house. It even has metal corners (I am sure there is a more technical term). I am pretty sure it is the original flooring. The house has had only two owners before me and I talked to the last owner about remodels and he didn’t mention about replacing the vinyl. So, I’m thinking that the Kentile mosaic vinyl is a 1950’s thing.

  4. Tikimama says:

    What about that amazing *raised* dining area! Looks like it should have a canopy above it like a carousel! Pam, do you have or have you seen Conran’s House Book (the original from the 70s)? Even though the 70s aren’t my favorite era for design, I drool over this book. It’s like the “bible” of decor for the 70s the was the Armstrong books are for the 50s and 60s. I’ve seen it in used bookshops a lot, and I think it’s worth having for any design/home-improvement enthusiast.

  5. Brenny says:

    Oh! The cabinet hardware in the kitchen with the bamboo cart! I love them! I have been looking for unusual hardware for awhile now. I really yearn for a “atomic star” design but my search has been a dismal failure. This hardware is interesting though!

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