• December 17, 2008

Taking A Fresh Look at Bungalow Living Rooms

What can you learn by looking to the past?

Inspiration, Living Spaces

lr_07Bungalow living room anchored by a desk

Looking at these historic photos and illustrations from the early 1900′s, I find it interesting that so many of the living rooms feature a table or desk in the middle of the room. This was the era before coffee tables were popular.


lr_051Photo of an upper class home, taken around 1914


lr_04Armstrong linoleum advertisement featuring a desk placed behind the sofa.


lr_03This photo was captioned “A simple bungalow living room” in the original publication. The room is sparsely decorated with a small table and lamp in the middle of the room.


lr_08Desk in front of the fireplace.


lr_01Side table and chair in front of the fireplace.


lr_06Desk in the center of the room.


lr_02Desk is prominently placed in the living room.

Comments { 2 }
  1. TWB

    Interesting. I think sofa’s became popular with the “I Love Lucy” TV show. Thank you for the post.

  2. mopar

    Interesting observation. My grandmother’s living room prominently featured a desk, as well as a sofa, arm chairs, and coffee table. It was decorated in a California 1920s style, a smaller and more ramshackle variation on the rooms in English estate houses.

    Her living room was exactly like the one here captioned “Desk in the Center of the Room.” The desk was to the left; the standard sofa grouping faced the fireplace.

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