This time around, I decided that if I were back in 1969 (I would be five years old, wearing flowered frocks and listening to a lot of Monkees), and I was actually within one of these rooms, what would be the one thing I couldn't stop staring at and obsessing over. That would be the focal point. I actually used to do this as a child because, as you will see, decorating ideas were pretty freaky back then. Our tastes have gotten more bland and generic, so I don't know if this technique would apply to today's decor. But my five-year-old self still finds time to stare and obsess over objects in people's homes. I just don't say anything out loud.
Here's the cover. I wish someone could bring back the Woman's World Library publishing house, so I could build on my collection of outmoded decorating manuals.
An idea for an attic space, from the back cover. Wouldn't this make a great gathering space for your 60s-era witches' coven? Plenty a Black Sabbath could be ritually celebrated here!
Obviously in this dining area, the mural with its latticed dividers would hold my interest, but is that the focal point that would weird me out the most?
Nope, I'm going with the artwork in the traditional frame for this one. Really, the entire room is one big den of weirdness, but this would catch my eye and hold it, once I got over the hot-air balloon motif over there in the corner.
|What is the deal with this, anyway?|
A girl's room! This should be easy. What's the focal point?
I'm going to go with the green seal with acid-red flippers.
|Seal wearing ribbon, looking dapper|
But if you picked the fuchsia fish on the bentwood rocker, I will accept that answer.
Another girl's room. This time an older girl, coming into her own.
I bet you think I'd be obsessing over the teen-idol pinup board.
|British invasion bulletin board|
A living area with everything shoved to one side of the room!
Including this...whatever it is...Jesus, what is this?
|Very tortured art|
|Hypnotic lamp full of balls|
Here's a sitting room with Colonial-on-Peyote flair.
This would freak me out more than a little.
|It's staring at you|
Another sitting room, this time for groovy people.
I'd be zeroed in on this all night here.
|Frightened creature sculpture|
I call this our squiggly room. It's better on an empty stomach, it's true.
Do you like our artwork? It cost $700! Well, do you like it? Stop gaping and answer me!
One more, I promise. What's the freaky focal point? Take your time. This one is a little tricky.
It's PATTERNS! All the CRAZY PATTERNS IN THE WORLD, TOGETHER!
|I'm scared in this room—so very scared|