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About the Author

Gene Moore retired as director of public relations for Armstrong World Industries, Inc., after thirty-seven years with that corporation. He and his wife, Jan, make their home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, site of Armstrong's international headquarters.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764304585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764304583
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What sort of rooms did middle-class America live in during the fifties? Just have a look at the 250 room-set photos in this fascinating book. The advertising folk at Armstrong Tiles had the neat idea of showing the companies product as part of a room set to inspire home owners. These photos were used in their ads in the leading consumer magazines of the period. The photos are sharp, well-lit with no deep shadows, everything had to be visible and they capture the time between mom just cleaning the house and the folks arriving! I find the many kitchen and bathroom shots the most interesting, living in London during the fifties my parents would have loved to have such units and facilities. This book and the companion volume on the sixties, are a wonderful reminder of how we lived in the recent past. Although it does not detract from the photos the typography and presentation are rather bland.
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I've had "Inspiring Interiors" for several years and now give it to friends with 50's design interests.

This book is a collection of interior photos and artist's drawing from Armstong Flooring ads covering 1940's through 50's. Although flooring was originally Armstrong's point of interest in the ads, the reader has a virtual goldmine of Mid Century Modern floor plans, art, lighting and furniture.

Unlike my other other antique/collectable books which focus on individual pieces and their histories, "Inspiring Interiors" gives great resource for pulling all the design points together.

This is undoubtedly one of my favorite and most useful collectables books! The only downside is that furniture/lighting/etc isn't specifically identified but if you have more resource books, it's not a problem.

I used this book almost exclusively for my 1950's vintage kitchen renovation back in 2004. Amazingly, I found my restored 1948 Hotpoint stove on page 18.
Great book.
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If you want to get ideas on how to tailor your pad with the look of the Atomic Age, get this book. Yes, some of the color combinations and patterns are loud and obnoxious by today's standards, but this book illustrates *yesterday*, not today.

I got this book because we are looking at buying a ranch home built in the 50s and want it to retain some of the style of the era and this book is perfect for such research.
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What an awesome book for those who love the look of the '50s. This is not a "mid-century modern" book, so if that is what you are looking for, you will be disappointed. If, however, you want picture after picture of beautiful rooms done up in great 50s "regular folks" style, then this is the book for you. These are pictures designed to impress the average 1950s American, and if your esthetic runs towards that look, then I cannot more highly recommend this book. I was concerned that there might not be enough pictures but that fear was ridiculously unfounded. The pictures are large, sumptuous, and delightful. Yes, they are all designed to showcase flooring, but that really doesn't detract from the interiors. The interiors shown are complete rooms and not just floor pictures. According to the book, the interiors were designed by professional Interior Designers back in the day, and I believe it. The rooms are so well put together. If you are interested in decorating or renovating in a retro style that stays true to the look of the 1950s, then I don't know how you could live without this book.
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Fantastic book that has great decorating ideas for your vintage 50s home. 50s designers were hired to 'dress' a room to flatter the Armstrong flooring featured in the ad: expect Heywood Wakefield and other furniture designers to pop up from time to time. Well worth the money, this is a great 50s sourcebook you'll turn to again and again when decorating your mid-century home in true 50s style.
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AS A KID OF THE FIFTIES I REMEMBER MY MOM ALWAYS HAVING A BUNCH OF HOME MAGAZINES ON THE COFFEE TABLE.THIS BOOK CAPTURES THAT ERA AND BRINGS IT BACK TO LIFE.MANY OF THE IDEA ROOMS SHOWN WOULD BE CONSIDERED TACKY BY TODAYS STANDARDS BUT WERE EXQUISITE BACK THEN. MANY OF THE ROOMS SHOWN WOULD STILL WORK TODAY. AN IMAGINATIVE READER COULD PUT SOME OLD IDEAS TO GOOD USE IN UPGRADED FASHION.A VERY NICE READ FOR ANYONE INTO NOSTALGIA AND INTERIOR DESIGN.
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By PHG on July 20, 2008
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This book has excellent design ideas from the 1950's. Great color usage, storage ideas and showing all types of rooms. Love this book!
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