28 July, 2011

Mad Men Interior Design: Residential Draper Home


The interior designs of the early 1960s offers two very opposing sides. Often, we recognize an Eames DAR chair or a boomerang shaped cocktail table and immediately think ‘Mid Century’, but at the same time, there was also a Traditional push in American homes. I think Mad Men does an excellent job with this historical accuracy. Although, many shapes and colors were different from anything previously popular in the American markets, many residential interiors continued to lean toward the ‘Traditional’ side, with splashes of new style.
Betty Draper hires an Interior Designer towards the end of her marriage to Don in attempts of acquiring the perfectly coveted Living Room. The results are a mix of  classic items: Chippendale accent chair, Chinoiserie accents, Drexel table paired with updated items such as the Peach Dunbar sofa, French Provincial accents perfectly tailored valanced silk dupioni window treatments with that burnt orange edging.  Betty’s longing to be swept off her feet prompts the purchase of a pink “fainting couch” (ahem, chaise lounge), against her designer’s best wishes. It is terribly ugly, but hey, don’t argue with a crazy woman.
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The Draper Bedroom is definitely a favorite, mainly due to the gorgeous blue - green upholstered tufted headboard. OK, I take it back, the only thing I really love about their bedroom is the headboard. Every other item looks a little blah, sort of reminds me of the stuff no one buys at yard sales, what do you think?
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If you are totally obsessed with this headboard, color and all, you can order it from Club Furniture:
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And then, you too can have a Betty meltdown like this one (yikes):
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I almost forgot about that kitchen, you know the one with the large plaid wallpaper? Don’t act like you don’t love it/didn’t grow up with it in your home.
I am sure somewhere (cough, Brooklyn) there is a hipster couple that has plastered this print on their own walls.
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Lastly, as I was “researching” for this post, I came across a couple of amazing magazine shots for House Beautiful. These were all featured in the magazine in the 1960s. Enjoy!
 At night, the bedroom becomes mystriously beautiful, suffused with glowing light from sources concealed in the surrounding deck that may be dimmed or intensified in endless ways, combined almost like musical chords, to fit the occupant's need or mood. The bed wall is luminous enchantment in itself. Coming into the living room from the entry area during the day, one feels that he has walked into a richly furnished pavilion, a securely sheltered space under a broad roof resting on substantial stone piers but otherwise open to views of the surrounding landscape. Featured in the February 1960 issue. This living room's elegant refinement is achieved in a deceptively small area with easily maintained materials to make housekeeping simple. The result is an equally good setting for entertainment and a busy life. Featured in the May 1962 issue.This is a kitchen to delight the eye and fire the imagination, for it is elegant, functional, and easy to maintain. Counters, base cabinets, and exposed wall areas are of plastic laminate. Featured in the February 1962 issue.
To see more, keep on reading…

The center island, with lighting and a vent fan built in over the cooking unit, also serves as a work table and desk. Note space above the cabinets over the sink through which, when the draperies in the passage are drawn aside, one can see the garden beyond. Featured in the February 1962 issue.   Without a single window opening directly to the "out-of-doors," the Pace Setter kitchen still has an open, spacious feeling. This is achieved by a wall of glass opening into the garden room, bathing the room with non-glare daylight yet permitting the eye to travel far beyond the confines of the room. Featured in the September 1961 issue. The large kitchen, approximately, 15 x 37 feet, has a refreshing warmth and graciousness that is characteristic of the entire house. The island unit divides the room into work ceners, with sitting room at the far end. Featured in the Ocotber 1961 issue. An east-coaster feels more at home in an environment that is rich with tradition, such as the wood-paneled room below. Note that, its details evoke a sense of the past. Featured in the October 1962 issue. Emphasizing low long horizontal lines, this room achieves a sense of being bigger than it is. Long couch is three separate bed-length sections. Round walnut-top table is supported by an adjustable central pedestal. Featured in the December 1961 issue. S35C-109080600530-xl-69091122 S35C-109080600550-xl-39308690 S35C-109080601001-xl-26266756 S35C-109080601030-xl-9678770
{All images via House Beautiful}

4 comments:

Elsie said...

Thank you for the sweet comment! Those chairs in the first picture are so dreamy!
xo, Elsie

Blue said...

You're right, that headboard is so gorgeous. I think I'd love it even more if it was a darker shade of blue, though. And those old magazine pictures are really interesting!

Sarah said...

Yes I agree with you, the headboard definitely has some green in it, it could look really royal with a cobalt...don't you think? 

Sarah said...

Of course, I meant all of it! Thank you for checking in on my little piece of the blog world! xx!

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