Happily Ever After: 1950s Interior Design

November 4, 2011 0


I’d like to live happily ever after with…interior design inspired by the quirky and stylish 1950s! Join me today on a funny retro time travel – and the easiest way to do so is with happy interior design inspired by the 1950s.

Think of “Some Like It Hot”, Elvis Presley, Cary Grant, the upcoming Pop Art, or even movies like The Talented Mr. Ripley that brought a past era back to our screens and simultaneously revived a very distinct, stylish and somewhat quirky approach to interior styling. Kidney-shaped tables, brighter colours than in previous decades, patterned wallpaper – all these an much more marked the 1950s, the ‘era of the consumer’. Some of the greatest designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Robin and Lucienne Day, or Arne Jacobsen set design classic in the 1950s – classics to last forever! Even today many of us love and cherish a mid-century influenced interior style that highlights the unique and timeless design of a past decade. We rummage on flea markets, we forage our parents’ attics, or cherish the vintage furniture given to us by our grandparents. Enough reasons to make a toast to the 1950!

Photography: Colour palette via Fjord Design; Anson sofa via Cococozy; Arne Vodder sideboard via Bukowskis; Pierre Guariche floor lamp via Galerie Sommerlath; Alina pillow via Crate & Barrel; Mid-Century inspired poster via Etsy; Sanderson Fifi wallpaper via John Lewis; Festival wallpaper via Minimoderns;  The Talented Mr. Ripley book via Paperplus; vintage telephone via Etsy.

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  • Reply Wibke November 4, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    love, love, love the 50s!…and 60s… and 70s… and 20s/30s/40s.
    o.k. I don’t like the 80s and 90s… or maybe a little bit?… I´m a kid of the 80s… so some things from the 80s and 90s become just cool…

  • Reply Igor Josifovic November 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you, Wibke:-) I love the 50s and 60s in particular:-)

  • Reply Chi (BYW) November 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Love that sofa – it’s very Mad Men, isn’t it?

  • Reply Igor Josifovic November 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    It is, Chi:-) I thought of Mad Men all the time to be honest:-)

  • Reply Katherine November 5, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I adore this time period and your inspiration photos were spot on – love the inclusion of the book cover as well!

  • Reply Igor Josifovic November 5, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Thanks, Katherine:-) I love the 50s, too. And the book cover was just perfect with the illustration of those 50s design specs:-)

  • Reply everything bananas November 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    loving that sideboard! totally looking for a vintage sideboard for my dining room…problem is i need to find the right size to fit! great post.

  • Reply Gerard November 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Great post Igor. Some fab pics!

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  • Reply Stuart November 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I love 50s decor! if my house mates would let me, the whole house would be 50s inspired :)

  • Reply Igor Josifovic November 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I know of your good taste, Stu:-) thank you!!

  • Reply wholelottalovely November 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Can I join you in the 50’s please?! Love this post!

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  • Reply The Curious Holts February 17, 2012 at 1:21 am

    How delish!

    Found your blog via Pinterest.

    LOVE my 1951 house with matching Wedgewood stove. Oh yes I do.

  • Reply Anonymous March 6, 2012 at 12:24 am

    1950’s all the way. No better era, timeless pieces I could keep on collecting, if only I had the space. Nice Blog Igor.

    Regards from Johnny in the UK

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