Tacky Decorations in your house as a Kid

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    Jun 20, 2012 6:11 AM GMT
    See if you can find a picture (google) of some common decoration in your house as a kid. Who remembers this '70s carved pineapple lazy susan? Yep, the centerpiece for our dining room table. icon_wink.gif

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  • DanOmatic

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    Jun 20, 2012 12:09 PM GMT
    Like any other self-respecting middle class household in the 1970s, ours had its share of macrame owls and other forms of decorative string art...
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    Jun 20, 2012 1:00 PM GMT
    In the late 80s and early 90s my mom went overboard with potpurri and cinnamon brooms.
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    Jun 20, 2012 1:17 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidWell, of course our fireplace mantle had The Nina, The Pinta and the Santa Maria on it, sailing across! Plus... who's kitchen wasn't complete without the GIANT wooden Fork and Spoon on the wall? We had Turquiose shag carpet throughout the house at one time... Loose a contact lens??? Get over it.. never to be seen again!


    My grandparents had the giant fork and spoon! haha
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    Jun 20, 2012 1:57 PM GMT
    Pictures people, pictures.
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    Jun 20, 2012 2:04 PM GMT
    Lots of gaudy witch decorations that tended to extend their welcome way beyond Halloween. All the religious families we knew thought we were The Munsters.

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    Jun 20, 2012 2:23 PM GMT
    Back in the day there were two candlesticks that were a naked couple smooching, wasn't till I was around 8 or 9 that I asked why do we have these on display??? Think they got it as a wedding gift and didn't want to offend icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 20, 2012 2:26 PM GMT
    I'm going to guess the top pic is circa 1970ish. Circled in red you can see Tacky, the wooden cat, which apparently made his way to my dorm circa 1975-77.

    The swans were always of good quality and tasteful but everpresent and sometimes numerous. My s-i-l and I divided them up when she died. Mom so loved them that I had a swan engraved on her stone.

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    Jun 20, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
    We had "The Kiss" sculpture. Here's one on google.

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    Jun 20, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
    My mom was big into products from the Coppercraft Guild and even was a rep for them for awhile. She still has some of the products around the house but I don't think they had much copper in them to begin with.
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    Jun 20, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
    http://boingboing.net/2006/06/25/macrame-owl-gallery.html
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    Jun 20, 2012 3:17 PM GMT
    For some reason shiny black ceramic panther lamps were commonly set atop TV cabinets in the 1950s. My Mother used to say it was better for your eyes not to sit in total darkness watching TV, but other lights in the room might be too bright or cast a glare on the screen.

    Ours was exactly like the first all-black one below, but the translucent fiberglass screen is missing (you can see the lightbulb & switch). The second one has its screen, but with a white base.

    The 1949 TV it sat on looked very much like this, but with 2 double doors, one pair for the screen and the other pair for the speaker below. The TV arrived a month before I was born, so my life has never been without television.

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    Jun 20, 2012 3:22 PM GMT
    princeofnash saidIn the late 80s and early 90s my mom went overboard with potpurri and cinnamon brooms.


    Hahaha! Oh, I definitely remember those days. My mom did the same with my old house having dishes of potpourri everywhere. She also had a thing for displaying soaps in various shapes (particularly butterflies) in tall, glass jars.

    She was into the country home look for a long time. Lots of various wood crafts and furniture. She also used to hang her various cross stitching pieces on the walls.
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    Jun 20, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
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    Avacado green appliances were everywhere...
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    Jun 20, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    As a gay man you should feel ashamed your houses were decorated like this. We may need to confiscate your gay membership card.
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    Jun 20, 2012 3:42 PM GMT
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    Avacado green appliances were everywhere...


    What an incredibly shameful period in American decor history. I feel bad that my parents had to grow up with that crap. I blame all the drugs people were on at the time to create and buy the shit icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 20, 2012 3:44 PM GMT
    In the 70s my mom decorated the house in a Spanish hacienda motif. So chic!
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    Jun 20, 2012 4:40 PM GMT
    My childhood was in the 60's to 70's and I recall

    yes that wooden fork and spoon on the kitchen wall

    plastic fruit in bowls

    kitschy TV lamps

    pole lamps next to the easy chair

    recliners (the absolute worst)--especially in vinyl

    that ugly kitchen wall clock that was a cat with blinking eyes and moving tail

    that metal kitchen stool that had fold out steps and became a step ladder---in avocado!

    in the 70s, home-made ceramics

    Pictures on the wall that are collages of family members--you STILL see these around. My mom somehow managed to avoid this trend.

    the faux-brick that my dad and I put on one kitchen wall

    captains chairs in the kitchen




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    Jun 20, 2012 5:02 PM GMT
    Fancy ashtray/lighter sets. Every self respecting household had at least one.

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    Jun 20, 2012 5:15 PM GMT
    My mum had incredibly good taste and refused to have anything aesthetically dubious in the house.
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    Jun 20, 2012 5:15 PM GMT
    garyinla saidthat ugly kitchen wall clock that was a cat with blinking eyes and moving tail

    For the win! My Great Aunt had one of these, wish I could find a gif version that shows the pendulum tail swinging.

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    Jun 20, 2012 5:15 PM GMT
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    Wrestlervic, that would have made it big in the pothead dorm. Can't you see the potential?

    We had the giant fork and spoon in the dining room, though I do think they were better made than any others I have seen.

    My mother had an excellent eye. She wanted to be an interior designer, but grandpa said no. Several items in our house were designs that later showed up in museum design collections. Looking back, it seems we had a much more artsy upbringing than we realized.
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    Jun 20, 2012 5:30 PM GMT
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    Avacado green appliances were everywhere...


    What an incredibly shameful period in American decor history. I feel bad that my parents had to grow up with that crap. I blame all the drugs people were on at the time to create and buy the shit icon_rolleyes.gif
    They're still in student housing in 2012. As for us, our schtick was kitsch snowmen. Something like this in statue form, on coffee cups, on mugs, etc.

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    Jun 20, 2012 5:32 PM GMT
    Hanging thickly woven multi level fruit baskets.
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    Oddly, I like them. icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 20, 2012 5:46 PM GMT
    Can't find any pics but my Dad had THE gawdiest lamps in his house.

    The shades looked like curtains from a brothel. The base was a colored glass and 'cut" like jewel cuts. Attached to the bases, hanging on decorated hooks were detachable, large jewel-like appendages (which brought out the gay in me when I woudl always pretend they were earrings). Dad bought a pair of green ones for his bedroom and a pair of red ones for the living room. Hideous.