Couple create incredible time capsule home with a different decade in each room

Ellen Smurthwaite, 23, and her partner Jake Nicholson, 27, are big fans of all things vintage.

So much so that they’ve made their home a shrine to the past, with each room themed around a different decade.

The couple’s Liverpool home has a 1970s living room, a 50s bedroom, a 40s dining room, and a kitchen inspired by a 1950s diner.

It’s all as authentic as possible, as the pair love to dig around for antiques and second-hand fines.

As a result, they’ve managed their DIY transformation for under £600.

Tattoo apprentice Ellen said: ‘I’ve always loved vintage items and
antiques.

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‘Ever since I was 18 I would go to car boot sales and pick out things in my
grandparent’s house I wanted.

‘When I met Jake, we bonded over our love of retro items and knew we wanted to
have a house that reflected different decades.

‘We find everything in charity shops, Amazon or Facebook market. We don’t have a huge budget so this works really well for us as most items are other people’s junk.



‘The living room cost around £400 and the bedroom was under £200.

‘I have a lot of hand-me-downs from grandparents and even have a music box
from World War 2.’

The living room delivers classic 70s vibes with burnt orange and brown wallpaper, a record player, a lava lamp, and Playboy posters on the walls, along with a rather funky zebra print rug.


In the bedroom, you’re transported back to the 50s by bright yellow walls, an antique dresser, and retro lamps – plus a vintage pink hairdryer.

Going all-out retro might seem a bit out-there, but Ellen and Jake absolutely adore their home.

Plus, when the duo shared their interiors on TikTok, people were big fans.

Ellen added: ‘It’s lovely to have people comment on how nice our home is.

‘Where we’re from, in Cumbria, we always knew we were a bit different and other people in our circle didn’t really get it.

‘It’s nice to know others enjoy our home and it isn’t an eye sore.’

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