Meet the mum who has transformed her home into a spectacular tribute to the 1970s.
Estelle Bilson, 43, has loved all things vintage since her student days and spends hours tracking down original pieces in auctions, on eBay and in charity shops.
The retro-obsessed mum-of-one decided to take her obsession to the next level when her family moved into their new three-bed semi five year ago.
She has painted her house in Stretford, Greater Manchester, with hues of orange and greens and hasn’t bought anything modern – apart from a hoover and a mattress.
Everything else in the home – from the disco balls in the loo to the original magazines near the space-inspired TV set – are straight from the 70s.
Upholstery designer Estelle even matches the house with her clothing tastes, drawing inspiration from fashion label of the decade, Biba.
She estimates the revamp cost just £1,500, because all of it is second hand.
Estelle, who lives with her partner Stephen De Sarasola, 41, a sound engineer, and their four-year-old son, said: “It’s nostalgia for me.
“I started collecting in 1990 when I was about 13 and it went from there.
“When I was at university you could pick up 1970s bits and bobs on the street when people were having a clear-out.
“A lot of my artwork at school and university was inspired by abstract impressionists like Jackson Pollock, Warhol and Rothko. I guess it’s something I’ve always been interested in.
“I do love anything old, from art deco onwards, but there’s something about the 70s that’s so evocative to me.
“I absolutely love kitsch. I’m a bit like a kitsch magpie; anything really random, gold, shiny, multi coloured and the weirder the better. That’s why I’ve got the tiger and Flamingo sculptures.
“I have vintage appliances in the kitchen too.
“Things were built to last back then and to be repaired, not discarded.”
After collecting dozens of 1970s-style pieces over the years, Estelle decided to transform the family home into a shrine to the decade when her family moved in 2015.
She spends her evenings scouting out unwanted furniture and decor from the decade on auction websites and eBay.
The family home is now a funky pad, complete with vinyl records and psychedelic prints.
It is kitted out with floral wallpaper and classic 1970s pieces, Austin Powers-style Keracolour TV, KEF speakers and orange-tinted lights.
She claims she hasn’t bought anything brand new for years – apart from a hoover and a mattress.
Estelle said: “When we moved in five years ago I wanted to add some detail to bare walls and started with our kitchen.
“It then went from there.
“I wanted to do more and when I saw a mirror at the car boot I went onto designing the hallway with super graphics.
“Sometimes I have something very specific in mind, such as the Ladderax which I hunted down in Southampton for our vinyl collection.
“Mostly I stumble upon things when I’m not even looking for them, like my dining table and chairs and my space-age bed.
“The artwork is all from the era too. We have a Tretchikoff in our bedroom and a J H Lynch in the living room.
“We have a modern TV – it’s a necessity really with a child.
“We have smartphones and laptops too. We don’t live in the 70s, we just like the styling.
“I rarely buy new because I know I can save money by buying pre-loved.
“Good design is good design. But I drew the line at mattresses. I wouldn’t go second-hand there. A good night’s sleep is essential!
“It’s vintage style, not lifestyle in the home.
“We live a modern life just with vintage things around us. Like modern antiques.”
After receiving compliments from friends and family, Estelle set up the Instagram account @70shousemanchester, which now has nearly 30,000 followers.
She has continued to kit out her home over lockdown and has recently installed a disco ball in her bathroom.
Estelle said: “I think the thing people compliment me most on are the rugs, as they are so ‘of the time’.
“We don’t live like it is 1974, but we appreciate the styling, design and quality of build of the furniture.
“It’s more exciting, diverse and colourful – not to mention sustainable, value for money and better built than most things you can buy in the shops today.
“It’s also very budget friendly, if you know where to find the bargains.
“Second hand doesn’t have to be second rate and although our home is filled with vintage treasure it still looks relevant, stylish and homely and not too much like a junk shop, which can be the danger when you buy too many second hand things.
“I try to curate my finds to give it a relevant edge and I think that’s where my success on Instagram has lay.
“Some have compared it to a shrine or a museum – it’s neither. It’s simply our home which we chose to furnish with things that make us happy.”