The owners bought this two-bedroom 1980s end-of-terrace property, with a conservatory extension, in the New Forest in 2014. When they moved in, everything was painted magnolia with neutral-coloured carpets, dark brickwork in the conservatory and peach and terracotta tiles in the kitchen.
They re-painted the conservatory brickwork white and brightened the rooms with their favourite pieces including a giant, purple velvet sofa. Part of the reason they bought the house was that it was big enough to fit the sofa – they had bought it before they had even begun to look for a property! They turned the second bedroom into an office and built a studio in the garden to use as a showroom.
One of the owners, Sophie, runs vintage homewares company Pineapple Retro, and uses the studio to display her stock by using a handy rear access for customers. She wanted to re-create the interiors she has loved since she was younger, including the 1960s-style designs and G-Plan furniture her Grandma had while she was growing up.
Throughout their home, the owners have used lots of bright colours to give it a retro vibe, while retro prints and vintage tins give the space plenty of character.
In their living room, the owners picked some eye-popping, bold colours that stand out against the neutral walls. The colours from the funky retro artwork have been picked out in the living room accessories. ‘The trick with retro decorating is to not stick to one era. I’ve mixed 1950’s, 60s and 70s in my living room’ says the owner.
The couple upcycled their bed frame by spray-painting it orange and the giant metal letters came from an old fairground ride. The vintage chest has been given a new lease of life with graphic wallpaper while strawberry motif bedlinen completes the fun and colourful vibe.
The owners both use the home office so they keep it tidy with practical storage and display their collection of figurines in an upcycled printer’s tray. Like in the bedroom, the desk drawers have been upcycled with retro wallpapers. Over-sized items like the giant bulldog clip add a touch of fun.
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A bathroom update is a future project for the owners, in the meantime, they have brightened it up with a vibrant shower curtain, pink loo seat and other bathroom accessories to create impact. ‘What I love about my home is that I know I can change its look every day if I want to, just by moving things around.’ says the owner.
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