Be inspired by this modern retro bungalow

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This mid-1970s ranch-style house, with more than a nod to the retro, is set in 26 acres with panoramic views of the South Downs in Hampshire.


Mid-century house

Exterior of house with men and garden

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)


Open-plan living room

Living room with brick walls and sofa set

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

With 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 toilet rooms, a kitchen-cum-breakfast room and a study, this 40 foot open-plan living and dining room has become the central point of the house, both literally and metaphorically.

The sofa was from Poltrona Frau, the dining chairs from SCP and dining table from Case.


Living room

Living room with brick walls and fireplace

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

Exposed brick, modern wooden beams, an open fireplace, designer furniture in warm leather and plush soft furnishings, such as the deep-pile carpet, throw and cushions, amalgamate to produce a modern retro vibe that oozes cosy living.

The sideboard is by Jasper Morrison, and armchair by Russel Pinch.



Kitchen with brick walls and dinning table with chairs

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

A highly sociable space, this corner of the open-plan living area comprises a dining table and chairs as well as breakfast bar and stools. The muted colours and warm wood lend a peaceful atmosphere, while the sleek shapes and clean lines bring modernism to the retro look.

The pendant light is by George Nelson and the lamps on the worktop were from Flos.



Kitchen with green tiles and wooden cabinet

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

The stunning, solid-mahogany, 1970s Poggenpohl kitchen is a design classic, complete with vintage floral green tiles for a blast from the past. The sense of scale here is emphasised by the lines running along the kitchen cabinets.

Visit Poggenpohl to find a kitchen like this, and Tile Heaven for similar floral tiles.



Bedroom with white wall and bed

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

The master bedroom has its original hessian-and-silk wallpaper above the bed. The extra long buttoned leather headboard in a rich brown shade highlights the retro vibe running through the house.

Try E W Moore for vintage wallpaper, and Frances Hunt for a leather headboard.


Bedroom storage

Bedroom with book shelves and brown cabinet

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

Rosewood fitted furniture stands the test of time and provides a great storage solution in a small bedroom. Flowing through to the next room, this bedroom remains open and light.

Find fitted furniture like this at Heal's



Bathroom with wash basin and bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

The bathroom resembles the set of Boogie Nights - tan tiles, shag-pile carpet that reaches up to the edge of the tub, plus gold swan taps. A vanity console shaped like a grand piano tops off the kitsch look.

Visit The Stone and Ceramic Warehouse to find similar tiles.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.