Our Patterned Palace

We finally moved into our new house last week and we wanted to share some of the retro lovelies that awaited us. It is a 1920s house in need of total refurbishment….as it is totally set in the 1960s. Yes, yes, we do love the retro look but perhaps to a modern standard.

Every room is covered in 60s wallpaper…some good, some bad, some down right ugly!

 Let us know which you love and don’t love…

The amber one is in the hall…I love it but it will be ripped out as we are moving the stairs so it will become a natural casualty.

The pink flower power look is in the spare room and i love it. Our cream vintage furniture will look stunning against it.

The wall effect in the hall is definitely going! It is up against parquet flooring which is lovely but alas will also be going with the stairs moving. Or maybe we could just add some more…

I think the lounge walls and floor speak for themselves!

Kitty’s bedroom wallpaper is so pretty and looks gorgeous next to her shabby chic, white furniture and original bedroom fireplace.

The kitchen’s 70s tiles will be ripped out! They are along side bright blue walls…not the best colour scheme.

Our bedroom has a 60s psychedelic pink wall..I quite like it but it is not in good condition.

The landing carpet is spectacular!

The last owners left us a few gems which we may well keep..let us know your thoughts!

A 1980s car phone! I have never seen one before and may have to stay!

The starburst clock is bold and works!

The wall lights in the lounge with their teak background goes well with our furniture.

And finally I totally love the 1950s fire guard..never seen one before and looks great in the spare room!

We intend to blog the whole renovation so keep reading for news on which wallpapers are lost from our patterned palace!

And I will let Herbie have the last word…from the 1960s hatch!



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  1. 3 March 2011 / 10:11 pm

    Oh my word! I love it! All of it!! Except the brick wall effect! The bold pink floral wallpaper is my favourite. It’s perfect for a little girl’s room. Also the 60s psychedelic wallpaper – that’s really pretty.

    AND you’ve managed to ‘bag’ some great pieces including the starburst clock and wall lights. So cool! Good luck with the renovations. It all looks splendid. 🙂

  2. Caroline Carthy
    8 March 2011 / 11:46 pm

    wow i love the colours and patterns

  3. Alison Roberts
    8 March 2011 / 11:50 pm

    Loving kitty’s wallpaper! Gosh, Do they still make carpets like that!!

  4. 9 July 2011 / 9:22 am

    Arrrgh! My eyes! My eyes!! Oooh, not up my street at all I’m fraid, although I do quite like the rugby ball wallpaper and the Van Gogh carpet…. And to be fair, I look back at what I chose for my bedroom wallpaper in the 1970s and it was vile. And the sunburst clock!? Can’t believe someone just left that! How lucky are you?? Looking forward to seeing what you do with it all.

    • 9 July 2011 / 9:31 am

      I know its a real headache isnt it! Good news under all the swirls and brightness is a fantastic family home!

  5. 9 July 2011 / 9:23 am

    PS You want to show Wayne Hemingway that ’80s car phone – he’d probably have your hand off…

    • 9 July 2011 / 9:32 am

      Ha ha…we do collect telephones but this isnt really my thing…but have never seen one before so may keep hold of it…maybe worth a mint in 20 years time!!!

  6. 6 October 2011 / 10:08 am

    I love it. Oh my, what a shame to remove it all. If you don’t want that phone, I’ll gladly take it off your hands!

    • 6 October 2011 / 10:25 am

      Thanks..we are keeping only 2 walls Im afraid (the blue in my little girls room and the bright pink in the spare room). Abnd as for the phone..I will bear you in mind!!!!

  7. 20 October 2011 / 7:32 pm

    What a find! I love some of those papers and that clock and those lights are brilliant. It’s really interesting to see how you are combining all these different eras of style (and taste!).

    • 20 October 2011 / 7:54 pm

      Thanks..its great, hard work and sometimes a pain in the ass…but in the end we get what we want which is a result!

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