Mary and Russel Wright’s Guide to Easier Living, originally published in 1950, proposed a change in the way the modern home was furnished, organized and managed. Before 1950, many families still had big houses, formal parlors with the heavy and ornate Victorian-style furniture that had been popular for decades, and sometimes even a servant or a “day girl” to help with some of the heavier work. But with houses getting smaller and post-war design leaning toward streamlined, modern and efficient, Mary and Russel Wright’s Guide to Easier Living was a perfectly-timed capitalization on the new and rapidly rising trend of simplicity.
Well, I ran into complications in the middle of my Retro Reboot… right around Wednesday, I got hit with all sorts of girl troubles and ended up with two sick days home from work. Overall, though, I’m still calling the vintage Reboot a success. Here’s how things shook down: