Saturday, August 11, 2012

Decorating with Vintage Magazine Ads

Recently my guys talked me into converting a guest bedroom into a media room.  Not so sure if that was a great idea, but it's a done deal at this point!

There were a few positives!  We ordered comfy, reclining chairs for movie watching.  I headed straight to my favorite store and picked up a few terrific, relaxing chairs. Perfect for movie watching!  Next came the wall art.  The guest bedroom wall decor just didn't fit, so I began hunting for something different to go on the walls.   Hmmm, what would work?  How about vintage movie ads?  A fabulous, inexpensive way to decorate!

You may remember from my laundry room post that I used them to decorate the laundry room. I enjoy digging through vintage ads at antique stores.  I have also ordered a few from Ebay.  I am still on the hunt for an ad from my all time favorite John Wayne movie, "The Quiet Man".  So far, none of the ads have cost more than $8.00.  Gotta love that!

Here are a few I am about to frame.  Who doesn't love Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman?

Or what about this classic?

I also love to look at the opposite side of the ad.  You never know what you will find.  This is a vintage World War II ad for Hinds hand cream..."Smooth, white, romantic hands...what man can resist their silken touch?" The picture shows a US soldier coming home to his wife who has velvety, soft hands.  Gee, how romantic, but let's get back to the project.

Add a simple frame from your favorite craft store and instant wall art!  My stairs make a great picture prop!

Why don't you give vintage ad decorating a try?  It is a great way to add a touch of nostalgia to any space. I have found some terrific ads for all rooms...a baby nursery, the kitchen, a playroom, a game room, the ideas are endless.

Now to find that elusive "The Quiet Man" ad or my other quest, the original "Miracle on 34th Street" ad!  The joy is in the hunting!

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