Tacky Decorations in your house as a Kid

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    Jun 20, 2012 6:09 PM GMT
    My Grandmother had several of these stand ashtrays around our house when she lived with us, a chain smoker. Hers were even gaudier, with marble trim at the base, though same amber glass. A few months after she died in 1959, age 62 of cancer, my Mother had them stored away, along with all other ashtrays, except a couple for guests.

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    Jun 20, 2012 6:27 PM GMT
    Plastic plants. Big ones.
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    Jun 20, 2012 6:32 PM GMT
    Yeek!

    Ariodante, you hit tacky on the nose with that one!

    I work part time at a church and there is a woman who can't stay away from those things. I think she has a warehouse full of them and changes them from season to season. Hideous!

    PS--Hope that cold is better.
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    Jun 20, 2012 6:33 PM GMT
    Angels my mom made, the heads were styrofoam balls covered with gold glitter and the robes were somehow stiffened and dipped in gold paint. This is the closest thing I can find but it's not quite right:

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    I remember a ceramic owl, looked something like these:

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    Jun 20, 2012 6:34 PM GMT
    Another of my Grandmother's touches were brass chargers from Holland, that hung on the dining room walls, reminding her of her colonial Dutch ancestors. They came to me when my Mother died, and I promptly got rid of them.

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    Jun 20, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    Verticle blinds everywhere with big huge puffy blue things to supposedly make it look pretty at the top.
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    Jun 20, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
    My grandmother had a Hummel figurine collection.

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    Jun 20, 2012 6:40 PM GMT
    Art Deco and I must have the same relatives.
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    Jun 20, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    showme saidAngels my mom made, the heads were styrofoam balls covered with gold glitter and the robes were somehow stiffened and dipped in gold paint. This is the closest thing I can find but it's not quite right:

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    I remember a ceramic owl, looked something like these:

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    Ok, showme, your house would scare me. Faceless angels and big-eyed-bowling-ball shaped owls.. EEEKKKSSS icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jun 20, 2012 6:46 PM GMT
    CrankyMcBadass saidThis is what we had in our house:

    Classic Eames chair:

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    Kitchen set by architect/designer Eero Saarinen:

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    Anuskiewicz from roughly 1970:

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    Fernand Leger:

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    JP, those are not tacky. Those are mid-century classics, aren't they? The design of the chair and table set are still sold today
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    Jun 20, 2012 6:48 PM GMT
    showme saidMy grandmother had a Hummel figurine collection.

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    icon_smile.gif My Grandma did to. By default after my mom passed away I now have them. Brought them home along with the curio cabinet and my man was like.. uh, hell no! I told him 1st fuck you this is my house to but I'd go with the idea that maybe it's not everyones taste so it's now here in my office. It's dated. It screams OLD LADY and full on reminds me of my Grandma and makes me smile.
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    Jun 20, 2012 6:50 PM GMT
    CrankyMcBadass saidThis is what we had in our house:



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    Jun 20, 2012 6:52 PM GMT
    ECnAZ said

    Ok, showme, your house would scare me. Faceless angels and big-eyed-bowling-ball shaped owls.. EEEKKKSSS


    It was all very '70s. icon_smile.gif There was this crunchy crafty mall called the "Olla Podrida" in Dallas when I was growing up, you could get all kinds of weird decorative shit there.
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    Jun 20, 2012 6:54 PM GMT
    CrankyMcBadass saidFernand Leger:

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    Yeah, I'd have to agree that's pretty tacky.
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    Jun 20, 2012 6:55 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    CrankyMcBadass saidFernand Leger:

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    Yeah, I'd have to agree that's pretty tacky.


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    Jun 20, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
    CrankyMcBadass said
    ECnAZ saidJP, those are not tacky. Those are mid-century classics, aren't they? The design of the chair and table set are still sold today

    You are correct. You missed my earlier post where i said we didn't have kitsch, we had art 'n' shit.


    yes, I did miss that. whoopsie! You definitely had some nice stuff.

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    Jun 20, 2012 7:02 PM GMT
    Could be worse--a collection of Precious Moments figurines....all smooshed into 3 shelves in a single etagere.
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    Jun 20, 2012 7:03 PM GMT
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    ECnAZ said

    Ok, showme, your house would scare me. Faceless angels and big-eyed-bowling-ball shaped owls.. EEEKKKSSS


    It was all very '70s. icon_smile.gif There was this crunchy crafty mall called the "Olla Podrida" in Dallas when I was growing up, you could get all kinds of weird decorative shit there.


    Very odd. This is the 2nd time today that "olla podrida" has been used on the threads. pocketnico used it on the "What's on your mind" thread:

    pocketnico saidThe word potpourri is a bit of a paradox. I learned that it's French for rotten pot, which in turn comes from the Spanish stew, olla podrida. Never thought of that connection till now!
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    Jun 20, 2012 7:06 PM GMT
    ECnAZ said
    Very odd. This is the 2nd time today that "olla podrida" has been used on the threads. pocketnico used it on the "What's on your mind" thread:


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    garyinla saidCould be worse--a collection of Precious Moments figurines....all smooshed into 3 shelves in a single etagere.


    Anyone watch the TV show, Raising Hope? The mom has a collection of "Porkchesters," which I always thought must be fake. Not so fast.... icon_surprised.gif

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    Jun 20, 2012 7:09 PM GMT
    This General Electric clock hung on our kitchen wall when I was a kid, though not as chipped as this one. That red dot above the hands, BTW, only appeared if there'd been a power interruption, so you knew to recheck the correct time by some other means. You pulled down on the set knob to reset it, seen just above the power cord. That red dot also means it has a Telechron movement, which syncs the clock to the power grid's stable 60Hz cycle, making it highly accurate.

    I hated its looks so much that around 1966 (age 17) I bought a replacement myself, with a "modern" design that today would also be an antique. LOL!

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    Jun 20, 2012 7:15 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    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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    I WANT ONE OF THESE!
    I remember seeing one a my parent's friends house as a kid and thought it was so cool.
    I was also fascinated with Lava Lamps, they had them at the local hardware and I'd just stare at them - I have a couple now, but need that Kit Cat Klock!
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    Jun 20, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    JP posting that Eames chair in this thread is the equivalent of a girl pulling up her top and flashing her huge double D breasts to a straight dude while going "well this is all I have".

    My mom had a thing for huge plastic ficus trees, I'd constantly tell her oh god mom those are hideous we need to burn them, and she'd tell me "when you have your own house with your own living room you can decorate it any way you want". The worst part was she was right.
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    Jun 20, 2012 7:18 PM GMT
    CrankyMcBadass said
    ECnAZ saidJP, those are not tacky. Those are mid-century classics, aren't they? The design of the chair and table set are still sold today

    You are correct. You missed my earlier post where i said we didn't have kitsch, we had art 'n' shit.



    Ugh, reading your post made me sad...I took an interior design class first semester and I told myself if I ever heard Eames or Saarinen again I'd shoot myself
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    Jun 20, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidJP posting that Eames chair in this thread is the equivalent of a girl pulling up her top and flashing her huge double D breasts to a straight dude while going "well this is all I have".

    My mom had a thing for huge plastic ficus trees, I'd constantly tell her oh god mom those are hideous we need to burn them, and she'd tell me "when you have your own house with your own living room you can decorate it any way you want". The worst part was she was right.


    you go Mom - just cause you birth a gay boy does not mean he has the right to re-decorate your damn house.

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    Jun 20, 2012 7:25 PM GMT
    Hothouse said

    you go Mom - just cause you birth a gay boy does not mean he has the right to re-decorate your damn house.



    It should though >=| Though in hindsight if she had let me redecorate I'd have turned the place into a Chinese brothel.