Friday, November 14, 2014

Decorating Ideas from Colonial Williamsburg: 1962 Inspirations

The August 1962 Family Circle magazine offered 18th c. decoor to inspire 20th c. homes.

Restored homes in Colonial Williamsburg showcased Revolutionary era decorating.

"The interiors of the four hoses are shown here for the first time in a national publication."


The first house photographed was not open to the public but was rented privately and furnished with antiques and reproductions.
Scenic wallpaper like in the room above was very popular in mid-century homes. In the back of the magazine is an ad for Oriental themed wallpaper scenes.
An embroidered linen bed hanging appears in the bedroom of the Brush-Everard House.
Above is a child's room. The jigsaw puzzle is from about 1787. It turns out that Venetian blinds were popular in Colonial times!  I am sure they were made of wood slats.

The Everard-Brush House parlor includes a desk and a teatime grouping. The "Tavern Green" wall paint was one of six Colonial Williamsburg colors. The color on my computer is not very close to the photograph in the magazine. The color is much deeper and greener.
The following two rooms are from the George Wythe House. Note the fire screen with needlework panel. This parlor includes a desk, card table, piano, reading nook, and conversation groupings.
 
This bedroom has interior shutters and a canopy bed. A crewelwork chair has a detachable candle arm.
The following photograph is the dining room from the Coke-Garrett House West. 
The dining room in the Carter-Saunders House includes an Oriental runner and replica wall paper. Don't you love the turquoise painted corner hutch?
The drawing room of Dr. David Y. Paschall, president of the College of William and Mary, features an imposing 1780s Chippendale style bookcase.



We have inherited a few Colonial inspired pieces. A Windsor chair. A secretary. A pie-crust table. We have a winged arm chair similar to the yellow one pictured above. The homes in my family were not as high traditional as the ones in this article, but they were ALL Colonial reproductions or Colonial inspired. Magazine articles like this must have informed their choices.

Mom and Dad had a huge bronze eagle.  Sadly, Mom did not notice she had positioned me right under it when she took this photo! I had a great deal of fun showing it to the kids at school!
The eagle is still in the family.


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