Yesterday afternoon, two wedding photos dropped out of a hardback compilation of a 1970s DIY magazine called Golden Homes. I'm not sure when the photos were taken, but I'd guess the late 1960s.
Here are the happy couple:
My wife's first reaction to this photo was one of utter horror: "It's her wedding day and she hasn't got any make-up on!"
The bridegroom and bride remind me of my parents who were, to put it politely, an "older couple" and had both given up hope of ever getting married until suddenly, Cupid struck in the somewhat unpromising environment of the National Savings Bank headquarters in Kew. After a whirlwind courtship of four years, my parents got married. I appeared almost exactly nine months later.
I wonder if the mystery couple - let's call them Roy and Mary - actually used their copies of Golden Homes magazine to "improve" their new house and give it a more contemporary look. If they did, here are some of the designs they might have used:
We all know what a wonderful colour orange is for living rooms and it's even better with a few zigzag stripes to add a bit of interest:
This is just the sort of room you'd want to relax in after a hard day's work and as a counterpoint to the orange, why not add an integrated bookcase and music centre?
This bedroom is probably more suited to bachelor pads, with its Mike Gambit-style dark colours:
As for the exterior, bricks are so drab. Why not brighten the outside up (and protect your walls from the elements) with this bright, cheery stone-cladding? Lovely.
We will never know whether Roy and Mary acted on the advice of Golden Homes, but I like to imagine them reclining in the black leather chairs of their orange living room, watching Nationwide: