Dad spends thousands turning modest two-bed semi into a shrine to the 1970s

A retro obsessed dad has spent thousands transforming his £140,000 home into a 1970s shrine.

Martin Aylett, 51, has gone back in time to create his 1970s style home with garish brown and orange kitchen tiles to match his orange kitchen units and his 1974 Russel Hobbs toaster.

The orange and brown 70s theme continues in his living room where Martin has put in orange and brown swirly Axminster carpet to compliment his Rowe AMI jukebox and 1960s three-piece cream leatherette suite.

The divorced dad-of-two lives in a modest two-bedroom semi in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, and to keep the 70s vibe going, he even drives a 1972 VW camper van which he parks outside.

Martin moved into the property four years ago and got inspired to transform ‘the blank canvas’ into a throwback to the 70s.

He said: “I thought that it would be an 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 flair 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.”

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Martin, who runs a retro retail business, finds his 70s themed treasures from scouring vintage fairs, sometimes travelling up to 100 miles, to find the authentic additions to his home.

He has even bought original 70s Fairy liquid bottles, Persil washing powder and Woolworths’ dishcloths to clean his custard-yellow crockery.

He continued: “I must’ve spent around £5,000 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 my prize possessions is a jukebox, that is the one thing that takes pride of place in the living room and lounge come diner.

“The jukebox, 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 70s 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.”

Despite the retro theme throughout the house, Martin has succumbed to some mod-cons including the internet, a modern fridge freezer and flatscreen TV.

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

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

“Not everything from the 70s is functional these days. TV is one of them, I do have a brand new washing machine and modern oven and fridge freezer because we all need clean clothes and all need to eat properly.

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

Martin’s next project is the bathroom which he plans to design around the classic 70 avocado-green bath, toilet and sink.