When you encounter the luxury and fine craftsmanship that characterizes interior design in Miami today, it’s hard to remember how people use to think of it.

Until not too long ago, our city was about all plastic palm trees and flamingos, pinks, blues, and pastels.

No place typified this look more than the old Burdines Department Store on Miami Beach. Looking at Burdines during its heyday, you can imagine how New Yawkers felt coming down for their share of fun and sun down at the dawn of the Jet Age.

Looking back, though, I’m struck by how old Miami interior decoration has a charm that was all its own.

Our friends at Curbed put together a collection of old shots from the inside of this legendary shore in 1953.

Check out some old school Miami interior design.