retro read: “interior decoration a to z” by betty pepis

betty pepis' interior decoration a to z // cover

When my weekends are full of chores, social dates and freelance deadlines (as this past one was), I find myself taking mini-breaks to soak in a few pages of a book that’s 100% eye-candy. Yesterday, I escaped with my borderline-tattered copy of Betty Pepis’ Interior Decoration A to Z, first published in 1965.

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For those of you unfamiliar with the legacy of designer/editor/columnist Ms. Pepis, this post over on Midcentry Living covers her background better than my (exhausted) brain currently could. (One new-to-me tidbit I gleaned? Mad Men‘s set designer credits Pepis for inspiring the look of Don’s season 5 and beyond apartment, which explains a lot.) Pepis’ eye is impeccable, with a sublime gift for mixing color, texture and memorable details.

And last night, I realized how little of her work is available to absorb on ol’ Internet! So, in case you don’t have her tome handy, I scanned in a whole slew of scenes to share with you here.

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If you like these photos from Interior Decoration A to Z, keep an eye out for Pepis’ other books at thrift stores or book sales: Books in Your Home, Be Your Own Decorator, The Personal Touch in Interior Decorating and Betty Pepis’ Guide to Interior Decoration.

xoxo,

Meghan

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