10 July 2008

Kitchen Decor circa 1975

As a child of the 70's I was exposed to lots of kitchen decor that was just so bad it's now cool. Mission brown and khaki green was my parents decorating palette and still is. Now don't get me wrong, I like brown, but as a survivor of mission brown I have my limits. In our kitchen we had the classics. Firstly we had the 4ft wood carved Malaysian fork and spoon. How I loved this enormous decorating mishap. I was always waiting for Gulliver from Gulliver's Travels to arrive one night for dinner to share our fair spread. And lucky for me it still graces my parents walls, because why redecorate when you got it right the first time. Our kitchen was the height of fashion with a kid fashioned mustard and brown macrame owl, lime and brown heavily patterned lino, woodgrain laminate cupboards, a god awful flourescent light and a rope of clay folk art pots. Oh yes ladies and gentlemen a veritable eye candy of 70's goodness. I amped up the fork and spoon a bit what do you think?

Edit: Oh my I just posted with the fork and spoon going the wrong way. I'm so ashamed - luckily my sister picked it up before it really got out there. Thanks sis, she's got my back. Although she thought it wasn't right that I wasn't making the fork and spoon brown - sorry viewers just couldn't nudge the CMYK sliders in that direction.

7 comments:

Suzy said...

Oh, I'd forgotten about those wooden fork and spoons! My grandparents had them too. Thanks for reminding me :)

Skye Rocket Sews said...

Oh yes....a survivor of mission brown...me too....we however moved on the 80's country,with a peach and grey colour palette,peach leather lounge,grey walls,country taperstry,interspired with a signed framed Newcastle knights picture,that came later.....love you romeo cards too!
Mel.x

diana said...

Mel, I was so envious of those with that grey/pink/peach colour scheme. I thought that was such a happenin' scheme. Oh those bloody knights they're everywhere aren't they? I once worked in a really blokey workplace and in my office there was a pair of sweaty knights shorts all signed by the lads. I was so horrified.... so Newcastle.

Hyena In Petticoats said...

Oh yes.

We had mission brown too, paired with bright orange (including a gloss painted ceiling) and white.

No joy on the spoons, but I reckon about 85% of our friends had them. We had macrame, and some copper arty things, and some dried flowers, too. Noice.

Thanks for the nostalgia trip!

xxx

Hoppo Bumpo said...

I loved reading this - what a trip down memory lane! Hilarious. (Tho' we were more of your orange kitchen family). Beautiful illustrations of the wooden spoon and fork!

Chrissie said...

Love your fork and spoon. We had the huge fork and spoon too as kids. Did our parents see just a touch of the so bad its good thing? Or was over sized cutlery just good in their eyes?
Chrissie

the butterfly collector said...

this sounds so familiar, we even had the big picture of fruit on the wall, plus hanging indoor plant baskets! very scary! Did love our Owl though! I wonder what happened to that! Mum moved onto the peach, pink , gray thing too! Great Memories!