Obsessed 1970s dude turns entire £ 140,000 house into psychedelic retro rug

A mad father from the 1970s spent thousands of pounds turning his house into a shrine dedicated to the unique era.

Martin Aylett, 51, spends hours rummaging through artifacts at vintage fairs in search of ’70s treasures for his two-bedroom semi-detached house in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.

So far, the divorced father-of-two has laid out bold orange and brown kitchen tiles to match his 1974 Russell Hobbs toaster and orange kitchen units.

Martin even bought original ’70s Fairy liquid bottles, Persil laundry detergent, and Woolworths tea towels to clean his creamy yellow dishes.

In her living room is a brown and orange patterned Axminster rug, a three-piece faux leather 1960s suite and a Rowe AMI jukebox.



Martin Aylett, of Swadlincote, in his retro 1970s house

He also drives an iconic 1972 VW Campervan which he parks outside his £ 140,000 home.

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

“I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give it that 70s vibe. I’ve always been interested in the 70s.



His house gives the impression of going back in time
His house gives the impression of going back in time

“I grew up in the 70s and it seemed like a nice time when things had this design and this rocket.

“I like to take things back to that time which was my childhood where life was much simpler and it’s not like now where everything is instantaneous.

“I must have spent around £ 5,000 so far to get it to the condition it is in, it has become kind of an obsession.



Divorced father-of-two spent thousands to renovate his home
Divorced father-of-two spent thousands to renovate his home

“I have rugs, curtains, furniture from the 1970s, everything is original, there is no reproduction stuff.

“One of the goods up for grabs is a jukebox, it’s the only thing that takes pride of place in the living room and the living room after dinner.

“The jukebox, a Rowe AMI, is on the far end with a 1970s stereo system and much of the room is taken up by vinyl records.



The 1970s decor was great on the color orange
The 1970s decor was great on the color orange

“The carpets are Axminster from the 1970s and quite densely patterned, the curtains are from the 1970s and there is a lot of orange and brown as you would expect from this period.

“The cream faux leather sofa with orange cushions is totally original.

“The jukebox cost £ 2,000, the rugs a few hundred pounds and the same for the furniture.”



Martin's 1960s Three-Piece Faux Leather Suite
Martin’s 1960s Three-Piece Faux Leather Suite

Martin said his house has internet access to allow him to run his retro business and research 1970s decor online. He also has a modern fridge-freezer and a flat-screen TV.

He said: “It’s getting very popular and collectable now, the mid-century thing and there’s a pretty big market for it.

“Those things are still there if you know where to look, I use the internet a lot.



Martin's living room
Martin’s living room

“The farthest I had to go to pick up pieces is about 100 miles.

“Everything is not functional from the 70s today.

“TV is one of them, I have a brand new modern washing machine, oven and fridge freezer because we all need clean clothes and good food.

“There are some things you can’t have from the 70s and use them.



The house is unlike any other from the outside
The house is unlike any other from the outside

“I’m still looking for an original 70s TV that someone has converted to digital if there is such a thing.

“I would be interested in finding one.

“The jukebox works great and works great with all my records that I kept from the time like Abba, The Carpenters, very early Pink Floyd, Queen, REM.



Crazy 1970s Dad Spent Thousands Of Pounds To Turn His Home Into A Shrine Dedicated To The One Era
Crazy 1970s Dad Spent Thousands Of Pounds To Turn His Home Into A Shrine Dedicated To The One Era

“All the cheesy 70s stuff is in there.

“I also kept my radio from the 70s which has FM, medium wave and long wave.”

Martin now plans to renovate his bathroom with a classic avocado green tub, toilet and sink.

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