70's Mod

Monday, January 6, 2014


Happy Monday! How was everyone's weekend? Ours was a pretty good and low-key one, the highlight being a trip to the movies on Saturday night. I took my oldest, Fisher, to see the movie that has been at the top of his must-see list for awhile, American Hustle. I have seen a few of the award contenders in the last month or so and most have stuck in my mind well after the credits rolled, but since this one I haven't been able to get all the fabulous set designs and costuming out of my mind - comb-overs and tight perms aside it was so good (the movie itself was really good too). Maybe it's because I was born in the 70's (i need that print) and growing up I desperately hated our cane chairs and glass table tops with brass edging and the mere scent of macrame made me feel sad, nor have ever once in my life loved a house saturated in burnt orange and avocado green tones, that when I see these styles and design elements used right, my heart does a little cartwheel. So to satiate my current fixation with the good (and there actually is a lot of good) in 1970's design trends, I rounded up a few of my favorites from this decade that also gave us multi-toned shag carpet, and while I happily left that off the list, of course I had to add a little macrame for nostalgia.

If you are interested you can take a little peak of the set design and costumes used in the film here

17 comments:

  1. i too have wanted to see that movie! would you believe that s went to see it without me? granted, he said he would see it again with me. i am mostly a mid century and art deco kind of girl - but that clock has me swooning! and i love that fireplace - reminds me a touch of some scandinavian desgins you may have posted in the past :) happy monday!

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    1. he saw it without you! well, you are going to have to have him take you being as he offered to see it again. it's really good!

      you know the 70's are an interesting time in design (and if i weren't so tired last night i would have gone into it a bit more), but if you can peel back the " that 70's show" that we think of, there were a lot of really fabulous pieces that were introduced then and have stood the test of time - many, though, don't get credit for being designed in the 70's just because they don't look like it. in fact the 70's was really influenced by scandinavian design. to me the good stuff is a bit like that last frontier of the 50's/60's era, but with a little more future 80's vibe. overall though there is a lot of good stuff. and yeah, i want a stove like that really really, a lot. xo

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  2. I've loved the alarm clock since I spotted it, but kept thinking "i can make it" ; ) that was about a year ago hahaha. Back then it wasn't offered in different colors ... more enticing now eek ;)

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    1. oooo, i'd have no clue how to make that alarm clock. but i'd sure like to buy one ;) and yes, there's a lot of colors now!

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  3. Oh, those cane chairs! My dad's best friend had a set of eight around their dining room table at their house on Long Island, and they're one of my earliest and most distinct memories: the feel of the cane under me, the slight bounce the chairs had. I love them. And the rest of these picks, too! I really wanted shag carpeting for the longest time, but my mother, who was in her 20s in the 1970s, told me they were a pain to clean and you had to rake them. No thanks! As for those tulip chairs, well, yes please. xo

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    1. ugh, we had those chairs when i was a kid and i HATED them. i wanted something like laura ashley meets ethan allen of the 90's to take over our house (i now realize this was a terrible, terrible idea) but that's what my suburban friends had so, you know how that goes. now i spend a lot of minutes wondering where they are and if they are happy. xo

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  4. I have such mixed feelings about the design elements of the 70s. In some ways, uh? Avocado fridge? Rust brown stove? And it others it just seems so glamorous compared to the neon and shoulder pads of the 80s. That being said, that movie looks AWESOME. What did you guys think?

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    1. there's so much good stuff, i think it just gets passed over for the bad stuff and well just being the "70s" in general everything was a bit overdone, but really there was some great stuff designed in the 70s, you just can't put it all together at once ;)

      the movie was so good. the acting was super great. i have never loved christian bale, i mean i think he's a great actor, but this kind of made me love him. and really all of them just did such a spot on job, and after we saw it i read a lot of it was improvised! which made me want to go back and watch it again - i couldn't believe it. good stuff.

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  5. I saw the American Hustler trailer and it made me curious. It hasn't arrived in our cinemas yet, but I will go see it when it does. I've recently seen The Butler and Captain Phillips and I thought they were both good. Have a wonderful week, Christine!

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    1. i am hoping after you see it you will do a post on the clothing of that decade/the movie ;) i haven't seen either of the movies you did but i saw gravity, dallas buyers club, and 12 years a slave. all really good movies. i am waiting for captain phillips to come out on dvd, which i think it soon, i hear it's good. xo

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  6. OO love that white table and chairs- so space age. It always makes me smile when the 70's come back and I think my favorite part of that generation was the early 70's with the disco and glamour- you know studio 54.

    We saw the Wolf on Wall Street and it was awful- just like Casino but Casino on Wall Street. Happy Monday!!

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    1. me too, if i had a kitchen with enough space for a table area i would be searching everywhere for one of those tulip table/chair combos! oh man, i am bummed to hear you didn't like wolf on wall street, that was the one i was hoping to see next, but at 3 hours long, i have been a bit reluctant. sounds like maybe i can wait for dvd ;)

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  7. Christine, I feel like I'm reading my own thoughts when I read this post! Our house had all of that down to the avocado shag rug (ughx10) avocado appliances (ditto) and rust (worst color on earth)...but that said, I do love me some good brass edged glass furniture, find myself gravitating to ferns and (white) macrame (in very small doses)...love your round up. I've been meaning to email you. Life swallowed me up the past few weeks but I'm coming back to blogging slowly now :) Can't wait to see American Hustle--glad you liked it!
    xo Mary Jo

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    1. i definitely have the 70's in me too. now i realize that a lot of what i love has a 70's feel to it. and i really, really love a 70's influenced/inspired interior. but limited to either 70's mod or the danish/teak modern designs with lots of ferns ;) maybe i should try a fern in my house, are those pretty hearty? i keep trying to get the plant-life vibe of the 70's in my house but i keep killing all my plants! xoxo

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  8. When I was in high school, a friend had an avocado refrigerator and I thought it was the coolest thing that I've ever seen. Who knows, maybe if she kept it, it'd be worth more now as "retro chic"?

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