Grab your staple gun and about 100 boxes of Christmas lights, because we’re taking it back to 1989 this #ThrowbackThursday with the decor of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!
A holiday classic, Christmas Vacation takes places for the most part in the Griswold house, which is a family-friendly vision in WALLPAPER decorated by set designer Lisa Fischer (also the decorator behind Groundhog Day).
The living room, where all of Clark (Chevy Chase) & Ellen’s (Beverly D’Angelo) zany relatives congregate as December 25th approaches, is covered in a floral damask.
More classic in design than the rest of the house is the formal dining room. Most of us only remember the burnt-to-a-crisp turkey from this scene, but check out the fabulous toile wallpaper and ticking stripe drapery—ooh la la!
The kitchen looks festive decked out in plaid drapery. Perhaps the Griswolds switched out their usual drapery for the holiday season?
A striped floral along the stairway and upstairs hallway is the most subtle wallpaper pattern in the whole house. We think this type of print would look great today with colonial-inspired furniture.
At first glance, Audrey’s room looks like a hodge podge, but there’s a method behind the madness—It’s almost as if the floral paper and ruffled curtains were the decorations she or her mom chose when she was young, but now that she’s a rebellious teenager, she’s bringing in her own touches with some early 90s staples like an ethnic-inspired print on the bedding (which is back in style now) and zebra stripe pillows. You go, Audrey!
The upstairs TV room, where we see Rusty (a very young Johnny Galecki of Roseanne & The Big Bang Theory) watching It’s A Wonderful Life, is filled with a comfortable plaid couch and chair for lounging in, while an understated damask wallpaper acts as a background for family photos and mementos.
And the gem of the house is the bathroom, covered in a retro pink wallpaper. We like a tamer version such as the one below, but the pink is a fun way to jazz up a small space. Clark makes a pretty good Santa Clause, no?
After Clarke has a meltdown for receiving a Jelly of the Month gift card as his bonus, cousin Eddie kidnaps his boss. We then see what the other half lives like in a quick scene where the boss’s wife (who actually saves the day) calls the police from his study. The room is so classic in its decor that we can see it working today and ten years from now with its leatherbound books, rich wood paneling and velvet wingback chairs.