Remember Pete Campbell’s most treasured wedding gift, the chip ‘n’ dip? Ebay has plenty. Don’t worry about finding an attractive one; in a world of repressed ’60s newlyweds, the kitschier or more culturally insensitive, the better.
Fetching office accessories distract from the secrets hidden in your desk drawers. Get your mistress or mister to practice on a vintage Smith Corona (bonus: this one‘s a Sterling model) while you mix the cocktails.
Turn off the A/C and suffer like a true housewife. If the thwap-thwap-thwap of a vintage Eskimo fan drives you batty, delve into a selection of mother’s little helpers and snack on some Wonder bread, crisped with the help of an avocado-tinted toaster.
For further visual inspiration, we give you the following:
Mourning is just extended self-pity.*
Don and Betty’s boudoir is dominated by a blue velvet tufted headboard, similar to many produced by Restoration Hardware, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and Pottery Barn. Urban Outfitters can hook up the look for $300.
Life is like a horseshoe: fat in the middle, open on both ends, and hard all the way through.
Accessorize with pine cabinets, that wallpaper, graphic prints, and brightly-hued appliances like the retro-styled fridges from Big Chill.
What you call love was invented by me to sell nylons.
Careerists like Draper and Sterling love George Nelson furniture; like them, it’s modern, efficient, and sexy as hell. Comparable pieces stocked at flea markets and thrift stores near you. Note: If you’ve got $72.8 million to spare, adding a Rothko a la Bertram Cooper wouldn’t hurt.
Gave me the full Don Draper treatment. I wanted it and I got it and it was even better than they said.
Betty tries to harden herself into an enigma instead of a child once she figures out her shrink has Don’s ear. Discourage emotion and invest in modernist pieces like a minimalist daybed and stem table (the Docksta table from IKEA does the trick).
Anyone can write a prose poem to a potato chip.
Remember: girls get floral prints and wall-to-wall carpeting, boys get mid-century modern and leather. Of course, it’s 2009 now and we’d like to think gender parity has reached the interior design field. Just don’t forget the cocktail shaker.
*These images actually have little to do with their captions. Can you attribute each quotation to its proper character?