It’s been a while since I did a Blast From the Past and you can thank my dear ole stepmama for this one. She and dad are moving to a new house that is quite different from their old one. Their old place was log and wood and very open, with vaulted, beamed ceilings. It’s my completely worthless opinion that houses like that are unique in that you can put almost anything in them and it looks good because the architecture is so strong that everything else is just filler. I have the same opinion on loft style condos, but I digress. Their new house is more traditional, with plaster walls and seperate living and dining rooms. It will require a different design aesthetic. Stepmom indicated that she and dad hoped to start acquiring some new art–stuff from local artists. She commented that she was “over any kind of Home Interiors look”.
Now, does anyone else remember Home Interiors? Surely a few of you do. They were HUGE in the 1980’s and, I guess, probably into the 1990’s. I don’t think the company is even in business anymore, but near as I can recall they worked on some sort of Tupperware platform in that bored housewives had “Home Interior Parties” and got their friends to buy “art” and “collectibles” in the hopes of earning fabulous “hostess gifts”.
Overall, the stuff is tack-o-rama. It may have been fine in it’s day, but every single piece I could locate on the interwebs is hopelessly dated and works off of some decorative cliche. They sold entire “arrangements”, themed to within an inch of their lives, to add “class” and “panache” to the 1980’s home. Imagine, an entire wall of themed western art, complete with a dreary “picture” of horses galloping and metal western accent pieces. No wall was complete without a shelf containing a theme-appropriate figurine.
Home Interior was a big deal back in 1988 West Virginia. I can just imagine hearing “You should see their new house! They’ve got home interior pictures in every room!” It was a status symbol that ranked right up there with sculptured carpet and a no wax vinyl floor. So, please enjoy the following step into the past:
My crazy mama had this one in our living room. No doubt she was scrimping and saving for the matching figurines at one time.
I likewise imagine that no home of sophistication was complete unless this picture had a nearby set of wolf collectibles, or perhaps a throw for the sofa embroidered with similar creatures.
A matching set! And just imagine how it would set off your mauve and green floral sofa!
And who wasn’t just waiting to fill that special spot on the wall with a picture of frolicking kittens?
I believe my crazy mama still has this picture of two creepy children hanging somewhere.
Notice the exquisite detail of the matting on this one! Surely such a fine piece was available only as one of the coveted hostess gifts!