When Our Homes Went Miami Vice

As the Reagan era kicked into overdrive, Americans abandoned earthy and organic home decor to turn their residences into cold, sleek totems to upper-class aspiration.

One of the events I remember most vividly from my childhood straddling the 1970s and 1980s was The Week My Parents Redecorated the Living Room. Around 1985 or 1986, in a single fell swoop, our old living room furniture and decorations vanished. Comfortable leather chairs, deep-pile shag rugs, and dark imitation wood shelving disappeared. In […]

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