To crack open a copy of Bloomingdale's Book of Home Decorating, an interior design book published in 1973, is to enter a disco fantasyland that has no equal. (OK, maybe one.) Author Barbara D'arcy, former "chief decorator" at Bloomingdale's, carefully cultivated a stable of over-the-top rooms as displays for the upscale department store's 59th Street flagship in Manhattan. Included in D'arcy's designs are blobby pieces of furniture and about 42 potted palms, all submerged in a myriad of saturated colors. Budget and helpful how-to's have no place in Bloomingdale's Book of Home Decorating, and it's that aspirational, no-holds-barred approach makes this decor time machine well-worth a gander. Above, have a look.
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