Via D Magazine.
For those of us of a Certain Age, our childhoods were spent traipsing through Ethan Allen showrooms and dusty antique shops while our mothers swooned over the latest in retro American Colonial decor. The Bicentennial was fast approaching, and the mid-century modern pieces of recent decades were being tossed aside for spindle-back chairs, fake spinning wheels, and anything with a bald eagle on it.
Young readers, I guarantee this is sitting in your grandmother's attic.
Given the renewed popularity of
Anthropologie Leather English Fireside chair, $3498.
(That's a ball and claw foot there, folks.)
The Bicentennial decorating fervor of the mid-1970s gave birth to the Shaker/Country madness of the 1980s which was then replaced by Shabby Chic in the 1990s. The Aughts got a breather as other countries' "Country" took hold of our imaginations; see Moroccan Atlas Mountain Chic, Uzbekistan's suzanis, and India's carved wood anything.
Decor abhors a vacuum and the MCM, Steampunk/Industrial, and World Bazaar looks are winding down. Dumplings, are we ready to revisit this...
A mid 1970s Ethan Allen catalog image.
Look at that floor and proto gallery wall!
This Ethan Allen gossip bench (it held a telephone, youngins)
sat in our front hall, and my mother thought it was chic as shit.
It's proof positive that I'm adopted.
Supergraphics were the chevrons of the 1970s - inexplicably everywhere.
All Ethan Allen catalog images via Retro Renovation.