Lately it feels like there is not much to celebrate about aviation, particularly during the busy holiday season. There are the mad masses, lining up to board 30 minutes before pops are called, egocentric people shuffling to hog the entire overhead bin, screaming babies, that individual in the center chair who is always elbowing you, and that self-important jerk who refuses to stop yammering on his cell until the flight attendant has politely asked him to turn it off three times.
But watching Pan Am on TV makes me dream of the days when aviation was glamorous; when assessing bags was simple and free, travelers were excited and joyful, gates were clean and lovely and airport architecture soared to equal the excitement of being 30,000 feet above the ground. We take the simple fact that we can jump on a plane and go anywhere for granted, but it is a luxury that has been around for over 100 decades.
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The next time your seatmate opens up a salad full of onions while the kid behind you kicks the back of your chair and the one facing you is watching a Chipmunks picture without headphones, close your eyes, then put in earplugs and take another and appreciate how beautiful it s that you’re up in the clouds. Here are a few moves that remind us how lucky we are to have the ability to jump onto a plane, cross the country and also be hugging our nearest and dearest in a matter of hours.
Pepe Calderin Design- Modern Interior Design
This big black-and-white image of a plane adds dynamism to the room, giving the eye a place to rest that complements the breathtaking view.
Story & Space – Interior Design and Color Guidance
This classic TWA poster is directly in the Pan Am era, when being able to jump from continent to continent without having to take a boat was a miracle.
Thrifty Decor Chick
This brightly colored picture of biplanes is an enjoyable choice for a child’s room.
Moody Design Est..
This floor-to-ceiling Braniff poster, depicting a prop plane soaring across the city skyline, sets the tone for the space.
A classic poster depicting a prop and a pin-up girl are an interesting match with this contemporary daybed.
This image of a plane is from artist Jeffrey Millstein’s The Jet As Art series. These make a great choice for a child’s room…
… and add that they excitement to some grownup’s room as well.
Vanessa De Vargas
So many children dream of being plane pilots once they develop, and these great cloud and plane decals are a whimsical way to promote such dreams.
LMR Designs, LLC
A hand-painted ceiling with clouds and airplanes inspires children to lie on their beds and worry about flying.
Model planes hanging from the ceiling are even more enjoyable. In reality, this bedroom seems like it goes to an adult who grew up on model planes and will not give up them.
Antique propellors become stunning décor elements. Mounting this one over the kitchen cabinets added unique character to a very sleek kitchen.
Dufner Heighes Inc
Here a Red Baron-esque propellor has become an eye-catching sculpture.
JR Ramsay IV
A pair of propellors emphasizes the horizontal when mounted over the fireplace.
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