1. Living in a old Sea Captain’s House
Our favourite decorator, John Derian, lives in an 18th-century Provincetown home that once belonged to a sea captain.
“ I renovated the plumbing and electric, but left the rest of the house how it was, even the peeling wallpaper. A year afterward, my brother visited and said, ‘Take your time renovating it.’ I didn’t have the heart to tell him I already had.”
2. Petronella Oortman and her giant dolls house
Petronella Oortman 1656–1716 was a Dutch woman whose elaborate dollhouse is part of the permanent collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The dollhouse was the inspiration for the 2014 novel The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.
Discover her story on The Conversation.
3. The Decorative Use of Wallpapers circa 1910
These chromolithographs come from a decorative arts book published in about 1910 (or a little later) called ‘The Decorative Use of Wallpapers’. The book gave homemakers help in visualising room arrangements and design possibilities using various contemporary wallpapers.
Found on Bibliodyssey.
4. Cocktail Shaker and Smoking Set, 1920s
5. Spotted at the Wigwam Village 6, Route 66, Holbrook Arizona
Found on Instagram.
6. Newspaper stand, Berlin 1908
By Arch. A. Grenander, found on Danismm.
7. Safety Last, the 1923 Iconic Silent Film, just went into the Public domain
Found on Open Culture.
8. The people who moved to Chernobyl
The Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 left a ring of ghost villages as residents fled, fearing radiation poisoning. But now people are choosing to live in the crumbling houses on the edge of the exclusion zone.
“After what you witness in war, radiation is nothing. It was a miracle we survived.”
“I don’t care about the radiation,” says Maryna. “I only care that there are no shells flying over my children. It’s quiet here. We sleep well and we don’t need to hide.”
9. Cossacks having a tea party. Republic of Georgia, ca. 1890.