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Muffy Tepperman
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I just found this picture searching for pictures of Working Girl made me laugh but I dug it.
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Pulled from a post last year on casasugar.com

"""Flashbacks to the '80s can be tough to pull off, especially when it comes to interior design. But I am strangely drawn to this photo of Fenton/Fallon's new jewelry showroom in NYC. The line's designer, Dana Lorenz, was inspired by the townhouse inhabited by Sigourney Weaver's character in Working Girl, complete with a Patrick Nagel lithograph and lip-smacking chair. Is it working for you?""""

I love this style the 80's pulled so much from 50's pop art.....I know the 80's were a decade of excess but that yuppie minimalism was an example of designer excess??

anyone a fan of that 80's interior design style?

remember Bette Midler's house in ruthless people?

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Bernie Lomax's beach house? got any favorites? any thoughts? pics?

do you try to replicate that stuff now in your home??.....I like to think I do haha

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I continue to hold out hope that one day I'll have my very own 80's room, though I don't think I'd copy any of the above styles. I grew up middle class, so I'd aim to re-create that...versus the "upper class" designs above, that I simply didn't experience as a kid. Come to think of it, I think that was one of the draw backs on "That 80's Show"...it aimed to represent upper class 80's, which again, simply wasn't something I had experienced...sorta takes away the nostalic feeling for me.

My 80's room would have a crusty looking (though clean) couch, a huge ghetto blaster with lots of cassette tapes, some record albums on the wall, a vintage TV, a top loading VHS player, an Atari, 80's movie posters, some 80's toys....throw in a few 70's accents, as there would typically still be some 70's stuff hanging around for the crossover period of the early 80's....HEAVEN!

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Great pics Muffy!
And kev, sounds like a cool room to me.

It would´ve been awesome to visit this girl´s apartment in the 80s:

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a Great example Atomik! I loved Jules apartment especially the Billy Idol mural!!!

makes me think of Modern girls and the totally Lichtenstein inspired mural!

Kev I hope you dreams of an 80's room come true!

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That swanky Manhattan, yuppie pad that Darryl Hannah decorated for Charlie Sheen in Wall Street was an abomination of bad 80's decor. It looked art nouveau itself, threw up all over that place. Sorry, couldn't find any pics, but ya'll what im talking about!
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I'm not a big fan of minimalism myself. I can appreciate the look, but I don't find it 'homely' enough. I think in a warmer climate I would feel differently, but bad weather makes you want to snuggle up.
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I love that you wrote homely not homey...haha was that a Freudian slip or something Logan? haha
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quote:
Originally posted by Muffy Tepperman:
I love that you wrote homely not homey...haha was that a Freudian slip or something Logan? haha

Nope. We just use the term 'homely' over here. I think it means the same thing as 'homey'. From Dictionary.com:

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In the United States, homely usually suggests absence of natural beauty: an unattractive person almost homely enough to be called ugly. In England, the word suggests a wholesome simplicity without artificial refinement or elegance; since it characterizes that which is comfortable and attractive, it is equivalent to homey : a homely cottage.

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I missed this before Logan!! hahaha

homely haha I'd use it like you'd use minger I see.....haha I love that we speak the same language but have so many differences in context. [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Muffy Tepperman:
I missed this before Logan!! hahaha

homely haha I'd use it like you'd use minger I see.....haha I love that we speak the same language but have so many differences in context. [Big Grin]

Learning new things everyday! If I called a girl 'homely' I'd mean she was pretty in a certain way rather than ugly. 'Minger' on the other hand... [Embarrassed] [Eek!] [Embarrassed]
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quote:
Originally posted by Muffy Tepperman:
I love that you wrote homely not homey...haha was that a Freudian slip or something Logan? haha

ROFL
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quote:
'Minger' on the other hand...
haha LOL...when i came to England 6 yrs ago i quickly realised english is a different language to Australian...im clued up now Logan...sorted...dead sorted!!
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quote:
haha LOL...when i came to England 6 yrs ago i quickly realised english is a different language to Australian...im clued up now Logan...sorted...dead sorted!!
There's also a big north / south language divide. 'Viz' was a great fountain of knowledge for me. Once I found out what it meant, the term 'borderline boiler' became a staple in my conversations!
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quote:
Originally posted by kevdugp73:
I continue to hold out hope that one day I'll have my very own 80's room, though I don't think I'd copy any of the above styles. I grew up middle class, so I'd aim to re-create that...versus the "upper class" designs above, that I simply didn't experience as a kid. Come to think of it, I think that was one of the draw backs on "That 80's Show"...it aimed to represent upper class 80's, which again, simply wasn't something I had experienced...sorta takes away the nostalic feeling for me.

My 80's room would have a crusty looking (though clean) couch, a huge ghetto blaster with lots of cassette tapes, some record albums on the wall, a vintage TV, a top loading VHS player, an Atari, 80's movie posters, some 80's toys....throw in a few 70's accents, as there would typically still be some 70's stuff hanging around for the crossover period of the early 80's....HEAVEN!

agree with everything stated! i've had those same ideas kev and i completely agree about THAT 80S SHOW. it was such a mockery, more than a show about a group of people living in the 80s. the cliches (sp) were annoying.
anyhow, great post kev!

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I really liked the '80's minimalist design re: living spaces - a great example is the pic. in the OP of this thread - excellent.

Despite being characterized as an era of excess, the '80's did have some great minimalism re: room designs.

I've been going back and re-watching (or watching for the first time) a lot of '80's TV series/movies, and what immediately comes to mind re: the minimalist - but at the same time visually interesting design:

"Slam Dance" (1987) - nice little neo-noir film, and the visuals were in many cases more interesting than the film's storyline. Specifically, take a look at the Tom Hulce character's large, one-room, open space loft apartment - this is the epitomy of minimalism. Not a lot of furniture/belongings & a lot of open space, but there are some cool art deco aspects to the room.

The TV series "Miami Vice" (1984 - 1989): This show has plenty of examples of minimalist living spaces, which are offset by cool wall posters/neon light designs, bright colored paint jobs. etc.

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