During my Apartment Therapy sessions, I have found, worryingly, that I am more and more drawn to bad taste things. In a world of samey neutral tastefulness in decor, why not embrace some kitsch, colour and scary patterns? Atom Age, Tiki, Space Age, you name it.
Here are some great bad taste books to get you started.....
'Dictator's Homes'. If you didn't laugh you'd cry. Leopard skin, marble, swastika throw cushions? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dictators-Homes-Lifestyles-Colourful-Despots/dp/184354430X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276947103&sr=1-1
'Turned On, Decorative Lamps of the Fifties'. Hula girls, panthers, poodles. Beyond tasteless and fills you with that collecting urge. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Turned-American-Decorative-Lamps-Recollectibles/dp/0896599167/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1276947282&sr=1-1-fkmr0
'Inspiring Interiors from Armstrong'. 1950s conversion horrors by Armstrong, the lino people. There's a lot of lino featured, along with hideous colour combos, formica and decorative Spanish style metalwork. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Inspiring-Interiors-1950s-C-Eugene-Moore/dp/0764304585/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276947421&sr=1-1
And just for fun one of my favourite fashion books 'Off the Wall, Fashion from the DDR'. Soviet Bloc fashions from the 60s actually look surprisingly fresh and fun these days. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Off-Wall-Fashion-GDR-Humour/dp/0747581142/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276947563&sr=1-2