Back to the 1970s: British man’s vintage treasures transform his home into a shrine to a decade

A British dad has spent thousands of pounds transforming his UK home into a shrine to the 1970s. Martin Aylett, 51, spends hours attending vintage fairs searching for 70s treasures for his modest two-bedroom semi-detached home in the UK. AP A 1970s dream: An orange and brown swirly Axminster carpet […]

A British dad has spent thousands of pounds transforming his UK home into a shrine to the 1970s.

Martin Aylett, 51, spends hours attending vintage fairs searching for 70s treasures for his modest two-bedroom semi-detached home in the UK.

A 1970s dream: An orange and brown swirly Axminster carpet matches a 1960s three-piece leatherette suite.

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A 1970s dream: An orange and brown swirly Axminster carpet matches a 1960s three-piece leatherette suite.

He’s laid garish brown and orange kitchen tiles to go with his 1974 Russell Hobbs toaster and orange kitchen units.

The divorced dad-of-two even bought original 70s dishwashing liquid bottles to clean his custard-yellow crockery.

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Martin Aylett spends hours going to vintage fairs searching for 70s treasures for his modest two-bedroom home.

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Martin Aylett spends hours going to vintage fairs searching for 70s treasures for his modest two-bedroom home.

His living room also boasts an orange and brown swirly Axminster carpet along with a 1960s three-piece leatherette suite and Rowe AMI juke box. Martin drives a 1972 VW Campervan which he parks outside his home in Derbyshire.

He said: “It all started about four years ago when I bought the property and had a blank canvas to decorate, carpet and get the house into ship shape.

“I thought that would be ideal opportunity to give it that 70s vibe, I’ve always been interested in the 70s, I grew up in the 70s and it seemed a nice time when things had that design and flare to them.

“I like taking things back to that time which was my childhood when life was a lot simpler and it is not like now when everything is instant.

All of the items in the house are originals from the era, no reproductions.

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All of the items in the house are originals from the era, no reproductions.

“I must’ve spent around £5,000 (NZ$9,858) so far getting it into the state it is in, it’s become something of an obsession.

“I’ve got 1970s carpets, curtains, furniture everything, is original there is no reproduction stuff.

“One of prize possessions is a juke box, that is the one thing that takes pride of place in the living room and lounge come diner.

Martin Aylett says he is a child of the 70s and other people love the distinctive look.

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Martin Aylett says he is a child of the 70s and other people love the distinctive look.

“The juke box, a Rowe AMI, is at the far end with a 70s stereo system and quite a lot of the room is taken up with vinyl records.

“The carpets are 1970s Axminster and quite heavily patterned, the curtains are from the seventies and there are a lot of orange and browns in there as you’d expect from that period of time.

“The cream leatherette sofa with orange cushions is totally original.

He must have spent nealy $10,000 on the home's distinctive interior.

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He must have spent nealy $10,000 on the home’s distinctive interior.

“The juke box was £2000 [nearly NZ$4000], the carpets a couple of hundred pounds, and the same for furniture.”

Aylett admits he has installed some mod-cons into his home including the internet so he can run his retro business and search online for 70s décor as well as modern fridge freezer and a flatscreen TV.

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