29 September 2009

Designing with the Drapers

I was in design heaven when Betty Draper renovated her living room during this past episode of Mad Men. As I drooled over the Japanese inspired couch, black print chairs and orange accents, I only wished the producers had made the decorating process more of a story line.
What did make it into the plot of course, was Betty's insanity. She rudely corrupts her designer's brilliance by adding an antique fainting chaise. All because a guy in a bad suit flashes his eyelashes at her. I mean WTF? It's hideous and proves she has truly lost it.
Don may need a new wife. But their relationship aside, I am glad Betty was allowed to call in a decorator for that room. Here's the before.
Now, if AMC wants to make me even happier, they will get that designer to attack the Draper's kitchen (and not allow any of Betty's 'adjustments'!) The Draper Kitchen is a nightmare even for the Suburban Country Style of the 60's they were going for. So I decided to help Betty rid the Draper's home of this horrific room.
I found some era-specific suggestions for Betty. There's a masculine kitchen where she can hide all her pots in wood cabinets and add brown appliances for a monotone look. And check the graphic floor motif.
If that makes Don feel as if he hasn't left his wood-paneled office, then Betty can lighten up the room with pink countertops and a pink tiled floor accented with a sleek steel refrigerator and oven. How Mod!
Or, if that's too urban for her, Betty can go crazy with color and mix pastels like birthday cake batter. Imagine this kitchen with a yellow formica table!
Perfect for the suburbs! Betty get on it! Your kitchen will only look older and more depressing now that the living room is so fab!

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