Flashback Friday: House Proud


Yesterday’s post was all about learning to live with and embrace a little mess (or a lot, truthfully) in life. So I decided to show the flip side today: I can be every bit as house-proud as the next person! In this photo, my sister Chris and I show off our new room in the new house in Hastings, Minnesota. The whole house was pretty groovy, but we got to select the yellow and orange mixed shag carpet, which set the tone for the whole space. I’m not sure how we slept at night with the glow from all the yellow, but we somehow managed. And we loved it. (Gwen and Annie shared a two-tone pink room with a Holly Hobby theme; Matt and Jeff shared a patriotic red, white and blue room, decorated with Jeff’s model rockets). What can I say? It was the early 1970s and we were livin’ the dream!

6 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: House Proud

  1. This is so funny — the orange version of the green and gold room my sister and I shared in the same era. I’m sending her this link! We had electric green carpet (already in the house when we moved in) and got bedspreads with that color and some other shades of green and yellow and perhaps a bit of orange. We also had all-in-one drawer/desk/shelf units in a bright gold like your table here.

    Signed, Chris’s friend Cindy

  2. Wow – I remember how groovy that was! And, are you and Chris sitting at the far-out table/desk/room divider made by your dad? Great memory, Jen!


    1. To everyone who has commented on today’s photo: Yep, my Dad built the desk. Yep, the artwork on the wall as well as the dress Chris is wearing and the bedspreads were all made by my Mom. Yes, we were blinded by the light (but it was the old-fashioned flash bulbs, which were like looking at the molten core of the sun, not the warm colors of our room that caused it). Tang, why not? It was the groovy new drink back then! Gwen, time to get over it. But really, I’m pretty sure Annie wasn’t down with the pink Holly Hobbys either 🙂 Cindy: so glad this could bring back memories of the room you shared with your sister – good times, good times!

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