Inside the Manchester flat that's a hidden 1970s time capsule

By Rosaleen Fenton & Saffron Otter

If you're wanting to switch up your home interior this year and are looking for something different, you could take it back to a time period you admire.

New-mum Becky Morris transported her one-bedroom apartment in Manchester city centre back to the 1970s by decorating it with mahogany furniture and psychedelic wallpaper.

The 29-year-old's time capsule home shows off her love of warm and bright colours, creating a mid-century masterpiece.


Becky, who is a hairdresser and even drives a mustard Fiat 500, shares her home design journey on Instagram - @myretrodecor - where she has more than 11,000 vintage-loving followers, the Mirror reports.

She said: "I'm obsessed with colour as I love how it can set the tone and mood of a room. Warm bright colours make me feel good, that’s why I fill my house with them, especially in the winter.

"I’m completely drawn to oranges and yellows, teak woods and bold clashing patterns and the ’70s was a great era for that, I think that’s why my passion first arose.

"The ’70s were a great era not just for interiors but also for music, fashion, furniture and architecture. I love reading books on these subjects and watching documentaries to better my knowledge of them, and that was my starting point.

"I started to put together my ideas on what I wanted and also what I could do with the space I have here at home.

"I’m always on the lookout for inspiration."

Becky recommends a documentary she watched recently called ‘Eames: The Architect and The Painter' for anyone interested in midcentury design.

Becky says warm and bright colours in her home make her happy (@myretrohome)

And she advises checking out chain furniture shops alongside vintage and charity shops, with some of her homeware purchased from IKEA.

"Also, I like to mix new with old. Quite a lot of modern retailers love to throwback to classic designs or put their modern spin on things," she added.

"IKEA is great at creating mid-century replicas. So if you're looking for a specific look, don’t discount modern shops; you’d be surprised at what they have to offer."

Becky admits she is a wallpaper addict (@myretrohome)

The mum-of-one says people shouldn't be afraid of clashing patterns, which is how she achieved the groovy look in her pad, and admits she's a patterned wallpaper 'addict'.

She said: "When it comes to recreating 60s and 70s interiors, I think wallpaper is the first thing to go for. I’ve changed the wallpaper in my apartment more times than I can remember - I’m a bit of a wallpaper addict.

"I've never been shy of going for bold colours and patterns, and clashing, contrasting colours are always good when going for a 70’s vibe."

Alex Whitecroft, head of design at I Want Wallpaper, said: "Becky’s sense of style is out of this world. The level of detail is truly outstanding.

"From her bold use of coordinated colours and bold patterns to her eye for mid-century furniture, her home showcases all of the key elements that made 1970s interior design such a force and one that inspires even today.

"It's a great example of the power of interior design. It can evoke feelings of wonder and nostalgia and, as Becky has shown us, even make us feel like we’ve travelled through time.”

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