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Owls and Mushrooms-a-go-go!
By Euphrates
Furnishing a 70s Room

We freed up a room in my house and decided to turn it into a hangout room. You know, with comfortable chairs and a large, loud TV. We thought it would be fun to kick it up a notch and furnish the room with vintage items from the 1970s - minus the TV and sound system, of course! The real joy in this undertaking would be in identifying things we wanted and finding them. Here's what we added to our retro room:

Orange Shell Backed Chairs
Safari Chair
Flip Clock (General Electric)
Yellow, Green, Orange, Brown Coasters - Tupperware?
Glass & Chrome End Tables
Ceramic Owl
Ceramic Mushrooms
Ceramic Butterfly Ashtray
Merry Mushrooms (Sears) Light Switch Cover
Yellow Naugahyde Hassock
Orange Naugahyde Hassock
Glass Grapes
Mushroom Plaque
Owl Throw Pillow
Circa 70s Homemade Afghan Blankets/Throws
Circa 70s Homemade Afghan Blankets/Throws
Circa 70s Homemade Afghan Blankets/Throws
Circa 70s Homemade Afghan Blankets/Throws
Circa 70s Homemade Afghan Blankets/Throws
Circa 70s Homemade Afghan Blankets/Throws
Circa 70s Homemade Afghan Blankets/Throws
Circa 70s Homemade Afghan Blankets/Throws
Owl Latch Hook Rug/Hanging
Owl Latch Hook Rug/Hanging
Mushroom Latch Hook Rug/Hanging
Pink & Blue Disk Go Record Carrying Cases
Bill/Letter Organizer/File
Bill/Letter Organizer/File
Curtains
Curtains Made from Table Cloth
Curtains Made from Vintage Sheets
Sculptura Telephone (Western Electric)
File Box (Ballonoff)
Magazine Racks with Vintage Creem, 16, Scene, Circus, Tiger Beat Magazines
Quad Receiver (Marantz)
Keane-inspired Painting
Iron Owl Napkin Holder/Letter Holder
Iron Owl Napkin Holder/Letter Holder
Brown Wolff Products Tissue Box Cover with Butterflies
Aluminum Lamp with Hanging Glass/Shell Shade
White Tissue Box Cover with Flowers
Ceramic Owl Candle Cover
Marushka Silk Screened Fabric Shell Print
Marushka Silk Screened Fabric Shell Print
Floral Wall Hanging/Tapestry
Lamp

...and then we started looking at the bathroom...

Montgomery Wards Shower Curtain
Cannon Royal Family Bath Mat
Cannon Royal Family Bath Towel
Cannon Royal Family Bath Towel
Cannon Royal Family Bath Towel
Cannon Royal Family Bath Towel
Butterfly Bath Towel
Floral Bath Towel
Flower Wall Plaque
Gold Wolff Products Tissue Box Cover with Flowers
Soap Dispenser
Gold Ransburg Waste Basket/Trash Can with Butterflies
Lady Schick Tote n' Dry Soft Bonnet Hair Dryer
Hygiene Shower Curtain

...and the bedroom...

Bed with Vintage Afghan, Sheets & Pillowcases
Sheet
Sheet
Sheet
Sheet
Pillowcase
Pillowcase
Springmaid Pillowcase
Mod Concentric Circles Pillowcase
Ransburg Tissue Box Cover with Mod Pattern
Ransburg Trash Can with Mod Pattern
Large Hummingbird Wall Hanging

...and then the kitchen...

Ballonoff Mushroom Cannister Set
1978 Sears Merry Mushroom Salt & Pepper Shakers
1978 Sears Merry Mushroom Salt & Pepper Shakers
Tupperware Stackable Spice Containers
Merry Mushrooms (Sears) Glasses
Tumblers/Ice Bucket/Pitcher (West Bend)
Made in Japan Coffee Cup (daisy, ladybug, apple)
Made in Japan Coffee Cup (daisy, ladybug, apple)
Cup Rack/Cup Tree
Sears Merry Mushroom Cookie Jar
Monarch Butterfly Glasses/Tumblers
Vegetable Napkin Holder with Merry Mushroom Potholders/Hotpads
Lucite/Acrylic Cutting Board
1978 Mushroom/Butterfly Kettle Plaque - Arnel's?
Mushroom Dish Cloth/Washcloth (Royal Tea of California)
Canon Mushroom Dish Towel
St. Mary's Dish Towel
Mushroom Apron
Welmaid Oven Mitts from Wieboldt's
Whistling Tea Kettle with Bakelite Handle (Viking)
Serving Tray (SiLite)
Owl Trivet (Tiffany Lake)
Owl Trivet (Tiffany Lake)
Hot Plate/Trivet (Ballonoff)
Hot Plate/Trivet (Ballonoff)
Napkins
Measuring Cup Flower Pot
Tupperware Measuring Cups
Measuring Spoons with Ring
Mirro-matic Cip-a-Minit 22 Cup Perk/Percolator
Arden Blender Cover
Tin Flower Pot as Napkin Holder
Red Ransburg Canisters
Red Ransburg Canisters
Acrylic Napkin Holder
Lazy Susan
Hippy Musician/Flower Fabric for Toaster Oven Cover
White Sankyo "Digital" Clock
Thermo-Serv Insulated Server
Metal Owl Salt & Pepper Shakers
Owl Salt & Pepper Shakers
Coffee Cups & Saucers
Hostess Choice Vinyl Tablecloth
Vera Neumann Tablecloth with Sunflower
Sears Avocado Green Frying Pan
Sears Avocado Green Sauce Pan
Small Made in Japan Cannister
Universal Staturary Corp. 1978 Butterfly Wall Hanging
Sunbeam Avocado Green Total Clean Power Pierce Electric Can Opener
Rubbermaid Avocado Green 8 Ounce Tumblers
Alladinware Avocado Green Paper Towel Holder
Arrow Plastic Avocado Green 3 Piece Scoop Set
Arrow Plastic Avocado Green Bread/Serving Basket
Arrow Plastic Avocado Green Handi-Holder
Rival Crock Pot (in orange AND avocado!)
Rival Avocado Green Blender
Westclox Sprinkling Can Clock
J.L. Clark Flower Canisters

...and the patio.

Vinyl Patio Table Cover
Patio Table (MarshAllan)

I feel like we just had a room full of kitschy knicknacks until we added the curtains. They really legtimized the decor. Vintage curtains can be very expensive so I encourage you to consider converting vintage flat sheets (Fieldcrest, St. Marys, Cannon, (Cannon's Royal Family has some great mod towels), Burlington, Happy Home, Utica/Stevens, Pequot, Springmaid (marvelous designs in their Wondercale line), JP Stevens, Morgan Jones, (The Tastemaker series by Mohawk and a lot of the prints by Vera Neumann are very fun!) or tableclothes, which are much less expensive, into curtains for your retro room. Don't sew? Go visit Grandma! You'll have a new appreciation for her and her Singer sewing machine when the morning light hits those colorful custom curtains.

Of course you can easily find most of these furnishings at popular auction sites but the real joy is in hunting estate sales, garage sales, thrift stores and antique malls.

You can get more ideas for decor/arrangements for your 1970s-themed room from television programs like "That 70s Show" and "The Partridge Family" or check out the vintage family slides gallery to see some actual 1960s and 1970s living rooms.

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