There’s been a renewed interest in “ugly” ’80s houses. You know, homes that are on the market but haven’t been redecorated since our favorite decade… By the way, we at Mirror80 see these homes as museums! Today we explore the ugly duckling phenomenon in reference to ’80s design. Because we think some of these decorative flourishes are about to blossom into beautiful swans! Thanks to a Curbed article that spotlighted a four-bedroom Mediterranean-style home for sale in Tucson, Arizona, we have some amazing images to showcase. The home is for sale through Sotheby’s International Realty. I wonder if they’d ever auction off any of this fabulous furniture…
At the top of the post we see an ’80s-style bedroom. Am I the only one who thinks the bed would look amazing when combined with a neon comforter? And when was the last time you saw a patterned dust ruffle that matched the headboard? Below we get a look at the home’s exterior. I’ll bet there were some pretty rad pool parties out there 30 years ago… Now I’m in the mood to hunt down a high-waisted bikini.
We once again move indoors, this time with a glimpse at the living room. These homeowners tastefully kept the interior pale and light. Can you imagine the furniture in a mauve or dusty blue space?! Quite honestly, with today’s renewed interest in ’80s Southwestern motifs, what’s not to love about the upholstered chairs below? They have a great shape, much like the coffee tables. When can you ever go wrong with an octagon?!
I want the lavender chairs below for a Hollywood Regency-style bedroom! And I seriously considered covering the back of my gray sofa with pillows this summer. I love the look of pillow after pillow. For a modern twist, create an ombre effect by sticking with one tone in different shades, and arrange pillows from lightest to darkest. And why has it taken us this long to mention the amazing square stone coffee table and geometric rug?
Next we have the ’80s-style kitchen. My favorite feature: the diagonal detailing on the cabinets. I wouldn’t change any of the woodwork, but I see a custom paint job in the doors’ future…
We end with a bedroom that has an ikat headboard as the centerpiece. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this type of fabric in today’s design magazines. And it’s time for a peach and blue comeback!
Finding a home full of ’80s decor is like striking gold. Not only do these rooms give us insight into authentic ’80s design, they prove that decor trends are cyclical. Stick with something long enough and it comes back in style again… Especially when you take it out of context and blend it with contemporary pieces. Happy Wednesday!