Through The Decades… Check Out The Decor Inspirations Of Real Estate~ From Gatsby to Mad Men!


From Gatsby to Mad Men: Home decor through the decades

From the tin ceilings of the 1910's to the millennial "snail showers," these design elements and amenities were certainly signs of their times. And, according to Trulia, they can often be big selling points for homebuyers.

Pre-1900: Grand staircasesmiddleton


Price: $15 million
Beds and baths: 9 and 14


During the Gilded Age, boom times produced incredible wealth for many industrialists like John Pierpont "J.P." Morgan and Andrew Carnegie.

The homes of the affluent often boasted grand staircases, double wide pocket doors that slid into the walls, bay windows, and coffered ceilings, according to Trulia.

This house in Boston's Back Bay area was built in 1883, and features a beautifully crafted staircase made of solid mahogany. Situated near the Charles River, it's just a few long blocks from the Common, one of the city's finest neighborhoods.


1900s: Tin ceilingsmiddleton


Price: $2 million
Beds and baths: 2 and 2


Many buildings boasted tin ceilings at the turn of the 20th century, according to Trulia. Factory made, they were inexpensive, fireproof and durable.

Modern denizens of New York's Tribeca neighborhood — many of whom turned old industrial shops into residential lofts — have rescued them, as well as neo-classic columns, walls of windows and wood floors.

This particular loft cleaned up well. It has 12-foot tin ceilings throughout, a great room and a kitchen that opens up to the main living space.


1910s: Built-in buffetsmiddleton


1920s: French windowslarchmont


Price: $2.2 million
Beds and baths: 5 and 4.5


Bootleg booze and skyrocketing stocks fueled the Jazz Age, an era of conspicuous consumption. The Dow climbed by a multiple of six from its 1922 low to its pre-crash high in 1929.

During those boom years, the best residential architecture incorporated luxury touches like French doors and windows.

This home, in the upscale New York City suburb of Larchmont, has both. In addition, elegant fanlights top the French windows in the dining and living rooms. The house also features coffered ceilings, crown moldings, arched doorways and a carved stone fireplace.


1940s: Glass block wallstuscon2


Price: $695,000
Beds and baths: 4 and 4


Post-war builders embraced many modern techniques, designs and materials, some first used for commercial purposes.

Glass block walls, which were first used in factories, had the virtue of letting in natural light without revealing secrets to passersby, according to Trulia.

In this house, which was built in 1946, glass blocks are used on both interior and exterior walls.Each of the four bedrooms comes with its own bath. And one elegant shower has glass block walls on two sides.

The rest of the house displays many of the clean lines and surfaces that marked the best treatments of the decade. The tile floors and fireplace reflect its Southwestern heritage and its location in the heart of Tucson, Ariz.


1950s: Carportssuffolk va


Price: $289,900
Beds and baths: 2 and 1.5


Millions of ex-service members settled down to raise families in the 1950s. The big challenge, however, was to find affordable housing.

Simple designs repeated many times over in vast housing developments helped keep costs low. Many homes were built with carports, which provided some of the advantages of a full garage but at lower expense.

In addition to its carport, this cozy Cape Cod in Suffolk, Va., built in 1950, has some nice touches like the screened-in porch, eat-in kitchen, window seats and skylights.

The setting is a plus. It's on a three-quarter-acre lot on the Nansemond River, with access to the lower Chesapeake Bay. The yard has a deck and a boardwalk to the boat dock, which is set up with a fish cleaning station.


1960's: Terrazzo floorslos angeles


Price: $2.3 million
Beds and baths: 5 and 6


A common element of the "Mad Men" era was the use of terrazzo, a composition floor surfacemade of marble, granite or other stone chips laid in a cement compound and polished to a high shine, according to Trulia. It was attractive and practical, and in keeping with the clean, modern designs of the day.

This Los Angeles house could have easily been the happy home of a West Coast Don Draper with its double-hearth, shell-rock fireplace and a family room with an ultra-cool, sunken bar perfect for mixing martinis.

The property is nicely positioned on Sunset Boulevard across the street from the UCLA campus and a short tee shot from the Bel Air Country Club. It comes with nearly a half acre of well-maintained grounds with patio, plantings and pool.

Other common home features of the 1960s not present in this house include parquet floors, bow windows and, among less affluent houses, chain link fences.


1970s: A-Frameshampton bays


Price: $575,000
Beds and baths: 3 and 2


The popularity of A-Frame homes rose with disposable income in the late 1960s and early 1970s. When families built vacation homes, they often opted for the A-Frame design for its simplicity and low cost.

This beach house is a double A-Frame with a wraparound deck. The great room has vaulted ceilings and a brick fireplace. And there's an eat-in kitchen with sliding doors out to the deck.

Built in 1979 in Hampton Bays, the home is steps from Shinnecock Bay and it's only a short drive from the beach.


2000s: Snail showerstuscon

Price: $640,000
Beds and baths: 4 and 4


A home design feature rarely encountered outside the decade of the 2000s has a unique shape and an even more unusual name: the snail shower.

The snail shower features an open entryway and a curved shape — hence "snail" — with the showerhead at the end of the curl so water can't splash out.

Because snail showers take up a lot of room, they're usually found in large, luxury homes. This one is part of a master suite that includes a soaking tub, double sink and separate vanity.

It's all part of a sprawling 3,300 square-foot home on 3.4 acres. Located east of Tucson, the home has high ceilings, granite tile floors, a fireplace and mountain and desert views. There's also a huge gourmet kitchen.


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