I think I know what type of house I’d like to live in these days. Something like this one, up the road from my own:
I’ve been enjoying having a go at designing two of the houses featured in the strip so far. The first that I attempted was Jim’s bungalow in the strip < PREMATH with the number ’77’ beside the front door. I really enjoyed that one, putting in everything that I liked. However, I didn’t really think very much – or at all – about the house as a whole.
That house turned out nicely actually. I drew it on paper in pen but once it got into Photoshop I had to erase and redraw lots of the straight lines with the ‘line’ tool. Sometimes I wish my style was just consistently loose and rough, it’d be quicker and easier!
But as I said, I wasn’t thinking of the house as a whole. Honestly, I need to buckle-down and start designing the houses properly, inside and out so they make sense to me and you readers. Here’s the exterior of Jack’s house, which I introduced in the < AFTERMATH strip.
Jack’s is partly based on the house I lived in, in Ashgrove estate, Scone, Scotland up until mid-1977 – when we moved to Ireland. My version has the same garage and the downstairs front-bedroom, on the left but not the little pieces of green glass in the pebble-dashing – yet. I did use those on Jim’s house though (above). I’ve expanded on it in this second, most recent version in the < CONFLICTED strip:
Jack’s house is still a bit of a rushed, cobbled-together job. The gable-end windows for the master bedroom are excessive and too big, and I need to figure out where the chimney goes. What I’d like to add is some more railings around the top of the front porch awning (?) as was common back then, like these shots I snapped recently on my travels:
70s – or 60s? Plasticky or woody?
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if certain stylings are 60s or 70s. The later seventies is more woody, getting back to nature, crafty looking. With lots of crappy knotted pine and wood-turned furniture; and sunset and harvest yellows and light avocado greens, Brown featured heavily! The earlier 70s is more plastic and sci-fi looking, like a hangover from the 60s when they wanted to banish even further the dullness of the old-fashioned – and rationed – war years. My sister, Candace also thinks the move to natural materials in the late 70s might have been to do with the oil crises of the time. Less oil = less plastics. But let’s not forget BBC’s brilliant and still much-loved series, ‘The Good Life’!
I’ll talk more about this and ’70s interior design in another Blog post.
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