The images of beautiful homes on Instagram and Pinterest are aspirational. But are those homes really liveable? When you create the home you want, your home is peaceful and a reflection of you. Your friends and family feel welcomed. They feel like they can be themselves (and are not afraid they are going to break something priceless).

Posts in the Create the Home You Want category are inspired by mid-century home decorating books…written for homemakers long before Instagram and Pinterest turned home decorating into a competition!

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Create the Home You Want

What Is Your Christmas Tree Style?

What Is Your Christmas Tree Style?

Let's talk trees. Christmas trees, that is. In many ways, your Christmas tree sets the tone for your holiday decorations ...
Welcome to the Type of Home That's Right For You

Welcome to the Type of Home That’s Right For You

Sarah wins the extra credit points on the pop quiz we took the other day to determine the best type ...
The "Morning Star" house plan.

What Type of Home for Me?

I hate watching those home makeover shows. You know the ones I'm talking about: A family is surprised by a ...
You Have Taste

You Have Taste

Have you ever heard the disparaging phrase, "Her taste is all in her mouth?" It usually refers to someone who ...
I Guess I'm Not A Traditional American Kind of Gal Anymore

I Guess I’m Not A Traditional American Kind of Gal Anymore

Glam Pack member Lisa S. was kind enough to send me a copy the Ladies' Home Journal Book of Interior ...
"Mrs. Leinsdorf's Domain," McCall's Magazine, March 1964.

Is Your Homemaking Work Space Inviting? Your Own?

I had workspaces in the back of my mind when I came across the photo, above, in a McCall's Magazine ...
A Home For My Vintage Cookbook Collection

A Home For My Vintage Cookbook Collection

Sadly, my vintage cookbook collection is only about 1/4 the size it was before The Big Move. The fact of ...
The Contemporary Conventional Home in 1958

The Contemporary Conventional Home in 1958

This type of home is best exemplified by the average real estate dealer's offering in a city or suburban development ...
You Have Taste-Develop Confidence In It

You Have Taste-Develop Confidence In It

Whether you believe it or not--and whether you like it or not--you have taste. You may prefer chocolate ice cream ...
Bear Rug, Optional

Bear Rug, Optional

{The ultimate romantic getaway is right at home...}  Photo credits (all from Flickr.com):Upper left: Better Homes & Gardens, January, 1951; ...
Mid-Century Christmas Decorating Ideas

Mid-Century Christmas Decorating Ideas

Dear Friends, Since I'm a child of the 1960s, my fondest childhood Christmas memories evoke images of mid-century decorations. So ...
Her Taste Is All In Her Mouth

Her Taste Is All In Her Mouth

A room which has been decorated with good taste gives an impression of dignity and restraint...Good taste in decoration has ...
Background Doesn't Mean Invisible

Background Doesn’t Mean Invisible

Planning the decoration of a room, then, means the working out, first, of suitable and pleasing color schemes and texture ...
Do You Really Enjoy Decorating for the Holidays?

Do You Really Enjoy Decorating for the Holidays?

Dear Dr. Julie-Ann, I LOVE decorating my home for Christmas. When I was growing up, my mom made decorating special ...
The Rumpus Room

The Rumpus Room

A recreation room (also known as a rec room, rumpus room, or ruckus room) is a room used for a ...
Entertaining in the Powder Room

Entertaining in the Powder Room

The powder room can also serve as a room in which the young people may entertain occasionally. ~ Elizabeth Burris-Meyer, ...
Guests as Lab Rats

Guests as Lab Rats

Since the supposition is that the guest will not be staying over a long period, new items of decoration, within ...
Decorating a Room is Child's Play

Decorating a Room is Child’s Play

The grace of hospitality may be acquired at an early age, if the child feels that his room is a ...
What Happens in the Bedroom Is Personal

What Happens in the Bedroom Is Personal

Bedrooms are always the most personal rooms in the house. Here it is possible for each member of the family ...
Did You Know That People Actually EAT In Their Dining Rooms?  How Crazy Is That?

Did You Know That People Actually EAT In Their Dining Rooms? How Crazy Is That?

The dining room is planned for the entertainment of small intimate parties and family meals.  It should, then, be pleasing, ...
Do You Live In Your Living Room?

Do You Live In Your Living Room?

The living room has come to have varied functions. One type of living room is used for entertainment and front, ...
Beyond The Curb, What Is Your Home's First Impression?

Beyond The Curb, What Is Your Home’s First Impression?

"Living habits of an average family are made up, in varying proportions, of the following: entertainment, relaxation, sleeping, cooking, eating, ...