Groovy baby! Student, 24, spends £1,100 transforming her bland studio apartment into a vibrant '70s home with colourful walls, quirky fabrics and upcycled furniture

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Social work student Isabella Bondo, 24, from Denmark, has always been fascinated with the '60s and '70s  She hated the boring grey carpet and white walls in her one bedroom flat and spent £1,130 redecorating  Transformed the space with colourful walls and second hand furniture from Facebook Marketplace  Isabella explained: 'I just love all of the bright colours from the oranges and maroons to the yellows'

A student has revealed how she spent just £1,130 to renovate her studio apartment into a vibrant homage to the 70s.

Isabella Bondo, 24, from Odense, Denmark, said she ‘hated’ the ‘boring’ grey carpet and white walls in her home when she first moved in last year. 

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The social work student spent five months renovating her flat with bargains she found through Facebook Marketplace and local charity shops. 

She has decorated her home with bright oranges, bamboo furniture and floral prints, revealing: ‘I just love all of the bright colours from the oranges and maroons to the yellows.’

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Isabella Bondo, 24, from Odense, Denmark, has revealed how she spent just £1,130 to renovate her one bed apartment into a vibrant homage to the 70s (pictured, her living room after the renovation)

Isabella Bondo, 24, from Odense, Denmark, has revealed how she spent just £1,130 to renovate her one bed apartment into a vibrant homage to the 70s (pictured, her living room after the renovation) 

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The social work student spent five months renovating her flat with bargains she found through Facebook Marketplace and local charity shops (pictured)

The social work student spent five months renovating her flat with bargains she found through Facebook Marketplace and local charity shops (pictured) 

The '70s enthusiast has long been fascinated with the era, and always wanted to decorate her first home with bright oranges, bamboo furniture and floral prints (pictured, her bedroom)

The ’70s enthusiast has long been fascinated with the era, and always wanted to decorate her first home with bright oranges, bamboo furniture and floral prints (pictured, her bedroom) 

Isabella said: ‘I’ve always been fascinated with 60s and 70s fashion since I was young and was eager to be able to style my first home to honour that era.  

‘When I first moved into my flat, I already had a vision of how I wanted it to look, as I hated the boring grey carpet and white walls that came as a default.

‘I followed a lot of Instagram accounts and Pinterest threads for inspiration.’ 

She said: ‘I tried to decorate my flat on a budget, so scoured thrift shops and items on Facebook to try and get cheap vintage furniture.

Isabella, who has also spent thousands on her '70s inspired wardrobe of cords, flared jeans and colourful knits, was determined to transform her home

Isabella, who has also spent thousands on her ’70s inspired wardrobe of cords, flared jeans and colourful knits, was determined to transform her home 

The 24-year-old revealed how she had a vision of how she wanted the flat to look before she even moved in, saying she 'hated' the grey carpet and white walls
The 24-year-old revealed how she had a vision of how she wanted the flat to look before she even moved in, saying she 'hated' the grey carpet and white walls

The 24-year-old revealed how she had a vision of how she wanted the flat to look before she even moved in, saying she ‘hated’ the grey carpet and white walls (pictured left, the living room, and right, the kitchen) 

‘I just love bamboo furniture, as it’s how I imagine most houses were furnished during the 60s and 70s.

‘I got a bamboo dining table for £45 and four chairs to match off of Marketplace for £160.

‘I found a tulip lamp from an independent shop on Instagram for £200, which was probably the most expensive part of the renovation, but it’s beautiful and really lights up the place.

‘One of my favourite pieces is the orange space age shelving unit I have underneath my television to store records and trinkets, that was £115.

The student scoured the internet to look for bamboo furniture to transform her apartment and filled the space with bargains from Facebook Marketplace
The student scoured the internet to look for bamboo furniture to transform her apartment and filled the space with bargains from Facebook Marketplace

The student scoured the internet to look for bamboo furniture to transform her apartment and filled the space with bargains from Facebook Marketplace (left, the bedroom area before, and right, after) 

Among the incredible bargains Isabella found was a bamboo dining table for £45 and four chairs to match from Facebook Marketplace for £160
Among the incredible bargains Isabella found was a bamboo dining table for £45 and four chairs to match from Facebook Marketplace for £160

Among the incredible bargains Isabella found was a bamboo dining table for £45 and four chairs to match from Facebook Marketplace for £160 (pictured left, the dining room before, and right, after) 

Isabella revealed one of her favourite pieces in the space is the orange space age shelving unit which she has underneath her television to store records and trinkets, which cost £115
Isabella revealed one of her favourite pieces in the space is the orange space age shelving unit which she has underneath her television to store records and trinkets, which cost £115

Isabella revealed one of her favourite pieces in the space is the orange space age shelving unit which she has underneath her television to store records and trinkets, which cost £115 (left and right) 

Isabella also picked up a range of other items to add to her 70s paradise including wall plants for £4, two shag rug carpets for £100 and an orange tan couch for £250 (pictured)

Isabella also picked up a range of other items to add to her 70s paradise including wall plants for £4, two shag rug carpets for £100 and an orange tan couch for £250 (pictured) 

Meanwhile the 24-year-old explained how she got a bucket of yellow and orange paint to do a feature wall in her bedroom and the living area. She said the combined cost was around £40
Meanwhile the 24-year-old explained how she got a bucket of yellow and orange paint to do a feature wall in her bedroom and the living area. She said the combined cost was around £40

Meanwhile the 24-year-old explained how she got a bucket of yellow and orange paint to do a feature wall in her bedroom and the living area. She said the combined cost was around £40 (left and right) 

Isabella created a stunning wall feature above her bedroom using wicker baskets which she found online (pictured)

Isabella created a stunning wall feature above her bedroom using wicker baskets which she found online (pictured) 

‘I got a bucket of yellow and orange paint to do a feature wall in my bedroom and the living area and combined it cost about £40.’

Isabella also picked up a range of other items to add to her 70s paradise including wall plants for £4, two shag rug carpets for £100 and an orange tan couch for £250.

Her finishing touches include a range of floral prints and cat pictures, making her home completely unrecognisable.

She has transformed her flat from drab and plain with white walls and grey carpets, to bright and interesting.

Her finishing touches include a range of floral prints and cat pictures, making her home completely unrecognisable.
Her finishing touches include a range of floral prints and cat pictures, making her home completely unrecognisable.

Her finishing touches include a range of floral prints and cat pictures, making her home completely unrecognisable (pictured left and right) 

The social care student said she loves all the bright colours she has used to decorate her home because it has created an 'incredibly airy space'

The social care student said she loves all the bright colours she has used to decorate her home because it has created an ‘incredibly airy space’ 

She added: ‘All of the colours make for an incredible airy and bright space which I love.

‘I added lots of plants to the space as well, which gives it that freshness and makes it smell amazing.

‘I have two cats who just really fit into the space as well as they are both orange, a lot of people seem to think I bought them to match the décor!

Alongside her passion for 70s décor, Isabella also has a wardrobe worth more than £1000 packed full of vintage styles and fashionable items.

Alongside her passion for 70s décor, Isabella also has a wardrobe worth more than £1000 packed full of vintage styles and fashionable items (pictured)

Alongside her passion for 70s décor, Isabella also has a wardrobe worth more than £1000 packed full of vintage styles and fashionable items (pictured) 

The 24-year-old said she makes an effort to be as low impact and as environmentally friendly as possible and tries to buy all her clothes from thrift stores
The 24-year-old said she makes an effort to be as low impact and as environmentally friendly as possible and tries to buy all her clothes from thrift stores

The 24-year-old said she makes an effort to be as low impact and as environmentally friendly as possible and tries to buy all her clothes from thrift stores

She said: ‘I try to be as low impact and as environmentally friendly as possible, so try and get all of my clothes from thrift stores.

‘Thrift stores are my favourite place to get flared jeans from, which I wear daily.

‘I also try and buy my tops and dresses from independent sellers, or second hand online.

‘If something rips, I always try and fix it if I can.

 

Student, 18, reveals she has only dressed in 1960s clothing since she discovered The Beatles when she was at high school 

A university student has revealed how she has only dressed in 1960s clothing since she discovered The Beatles when she was at high school.

Connie McLean, 18, from Surrey, has even transformed her student flat into a sixties themed ‘shag pad’ complete with lava lamps, floor-length patterned tapestries and a rotary telephone.

Connie – who has built up a following of 46k on Instagram for her groovy look – explained she even wears full psychedelic sixties attire to do a supermarket run and wouldn’t be seen dead in the athleisure that most teens wear today.

The fashion student, who now lives in London, admitted that some people think she’s a bit ‘weird’ for not enjoying modern-day fashion but says her passion for the mid-to-late sixties has allowed her to live in the present.

Connie McLean, 18, from Surrey, has revealed how she has only dressed in 1960s clothing since she discovered The Beatles when she was at high school

Connie McLean, 18, from Surrey, has revealed how she has only dressed in 1960s clothing since she discovered The Beatles when she was at high school 

Connie became enamoured with the 1960s when she was fifteen years old. After discovering the music of The Beatles for the first time, she became immediately hooked by the lure of that decade and started dressing in sixties style.

‘I was in secondary school and my friend wanted us to perform a song by The Beatles for a school show.

‘Obviously I had heard of The Beatles. But I thought I should get to know their music if I was going to perform one of their tracks.

‘I think one of the first songs I heard was George Harrison’s ‘While my guitar gently weeps’. As soon as I started listening to the Beatles, I just loved it.

‘Their music was so different to anything that I had listened to. It was so much more unique than modern music.

‘For a whole year, I pretty much only listened to The Beatles. Then I started listening to other bands from the sixties and learning about the cultural history of that decade. But it was mainly The Beatles that got me into this!’

Connie - who has built up a following of 46k on Instagram for her groovy look - explained she even wears full psychedelic sixties attire to do a supermarket run and wouldn't be seen dead in the athleisure that most teens wear today

Connie – who has built up a following of 46k on Instagram for her groovy look – explained she even wears full psychedelic sixties attire to do a supermarket run and wouldn’t be seen dead in the athleisure that most teens wear today  

‘I started dressing in 1960s clothing and altering pieces I had to make them more vintage. I would wear miniskirts, turtlenecks and doing sixties themed make-up for school.

‘Obviously, no-one in my school was dressing like this. It was fun doing what I loved but initially, it was definitely scary trying out a different look when you’re a teenager.

‘The most casual I dress would be a classic 1960s hippy flared trousers with a crazy pattern and maybe a halterneck top – definitely no hoodies or leggings.

‘There’s nothing wrong with a hoodie and leggings of course. But I love how you still look so put-together in ‘casual’ 1960s clothing. It just works for me.

The student began dressing in 1960s clothing while at school, and started altering pieces she had in order to make them more vintage
The student began dressing in 1960s clothing while at school, and started altering pieces she had in order to make them more vintage

The student began dressing in 1960s clothing while at school, and started altering pieces she had in order to make them more vintage (pictured left and right, in two of her favourite outfits) 

‘I know some people think it’s weird. But it’s lovely when people approach on the street and compliment me on my style.’

She explained: ‘I dug my own grave when I started listening to The Beatles when I was at secondary school.

‘Once I heard the amazing music of the sixties, I couldn’t go back to modern fashion and I’ve been dressing this way ever since.

‘Even on a midnight trip to Tesco, I’ll be wearing a whole sixties look.

‘First of all, I love the music of the era. But I also love the eclectic fashion, the décor, the pop culture and the general aesthetic of the decade.

‘Of course, I know that there were bad parts to the decade and I don’t want to glamourise those aspects. But I love how everything changed in the 1960s. It was a big era for social revolution.

The fashion student revealed she loves feeling 'so put-together' even when wearing a more 'casual' look from her 1960s inspired wardrobe
The fashion student revealed she loves feeling 'so put-together' even when wearing a more 'casual' look from her 1960s inspired wardrobe

The fashion student revealed she loves feeling ‘so put-together’ even when wearing a more ‘casual’ look from her 1960s inspired wardrobe 

The 18-year-old said she was aware that some people think her taste in fashion is 'weird' but added it is 'lovely when people approach her in the street to compliment her style

The 18-year-old said she was aware that some people think her taste in fashion is ‘weird’ but added it is ‘lovely when people approach her in the street to compliment her style 

‘The sixties have brought so much to my life. When you’re a teenager, you’re just trying to fit in and sometimes you end up emulating what everyone else is doing.

‘But I’ve been able to find my own identity and community. I feel so happy because of this.

‘I wish I could say I don’t spend hours on Instagram like any other teenager because of the 1960s! But I will say that the sixties has taught me to live in the present and plug out from technology every so often.

‘I love putting some incense sticks on in my sixties inspired flat and listening to records, writing letters to people or meditating.’ 

Meanwhile the teenager said the period had taught her to live in the present and plug out of technology 'every so often' (pictured)

Meanwhile the teenager said the period had taught her to live in the present and plug out of technology ‘every so often’ (pictured) 

Connie gets a lot of her original 1960s attire from Etsy and Ebay. Her unique look has amassed her nearly 47,000 followers on Instagram and she collaborates with independent fashion companies who create pieces inspired by the decade.

She also transformed her rented student flat into a 1960s interior haven – using the 1960s items and furnishings she has collected over the last few years.

She explained: ‘I have a twin sister and we got a flat together whilst we’re studying at uni. My sister let me take over the décor of the flat and I went full sixties themed!

‘Over the years I’ve collected vintage items from car boot sales and charity shops to get that sixties look.

Her unique look has amassed her nearly 47,000 followers on Instagram and she collaborates with independent fashion companies who create pieces inspired by the decade
Her unique look has amassed her nearly 47,000 followers on Instagram and she collaborates with independent fashion companies who create pieces inspired by the decade

Her unique look has amassed her nearly 47,000 followers on Instagram and she collaborates with independent fashion companies who create pieces inspired by the decade (pictured left and right) 

‘I love that busy sixties aesthetic when there’s a lot going on with the interior design.

‘So I filled our flat with orange tapestries, lava lamps, namaste candles, a rotary telephone and of course a record player.

‘As well as dressing in this style, I have a group of friends who have a similar appreciation for the decade. We go to 1960s themed club nights and dance all night.

‘Some people ask if I’ll ever get bored of the sixties or stop listening to The Beatles, but I don’t see that happening. I’ve found what I love.’

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