This apartment in the Netherlands is like a trip back in time

More like 'That '70s Apartment,' am I right?

Image: Laura Hofenk/Apartment Therapy

Sure, we all love 1970s TV, but are you willing you watch your shows on a TV from the 1970s? How about live in an apartment completely decorated as a tribute to the groovy ’70s? Laura Hofenk would.

In a feature with Apartment Therapy, she offered up a tour of her authentic, vintage apartment. She said she started collecting retro housewares from the 1960s and 1970s and decided to just go all in when it came to decorating — and living in — her apartment with her cats Jisse and Jaro.

“When you walk inside my home, you’re going back in time 50 years. I’m listening to vinyl nonstop, I watch TV in black and white, and take telephone calls from my orange ’70s phone,” she told Apartment Therapy. “You will find little modern stuff in my home. So it’s not just a bit vintage, it’s ALL vintage! I collected all this in just six months.”

That’s right. Those door beads aren’t from Urban Outfitters and that couch isn’t from Joybird… her apartment decor isn’t vintage-inspired, it’s actually over half a century old. Those macrame plant holders and that psychedelic wallpaper are giving us major throwback vibes.

Do you get flashbacks to your childhood when you look at Hofenk’s apartment? How much of this stuff was in your home? Take a look at the full tour here.

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Lucyneenah19701 2 months ago
In the 1970's, when I was a little girl, we had bright yellow kitchen curtains, a white kitchen table, and bright yellow kitchen chairs. The house came with an ugly brown shag rug in the living room. Dad got rid of that right away, fortunately.
Lucyneenah19701 2 months ago
Cute! I especially like the cats, kitchen, and retro 70's T.V.'s.
I would love to have a 1950's apartment.
UTZAAKE 2 months ago
Got a really cool Shocking Blue/George Baker Selection vibe seeing those pictures. Love those cats!
ELEANOR 2 months ago
I don't remember anyone putting shelves in front of a window ever. Is that a Dutch thing? I have my parent's kitchen set from the mists of time (late 60's) and one chair with a metal frame finally gave out -- recently.
We had book shelves underneath/in front of the windows downstairs in our Rec Room. So, it is not "a Dutch thing." In fact there were about a total of 5 book shelves, two were by the window. It went: Book shelves, "cabinet" that held the tv, another bs, and another one nest to that one. So, just because you haven't seen it happen, folks did have book shelves by/in front of windows.
P.S. The word should be "next," not "nest."
MrsPhilHarris 2 months ago
We have a 1970s kitchen table in our basement. It's hideous.
Pacificsun 2 months ago
The furniture of the day (as shown) was a Scandinavian design, sleek, minimalist, modernize and VERY expensive. The colors and patterns were a bit leftover from the psychedelic 60's (beads and macrame) but the 70's didn't really have an original design theme. More like the Brady household than the extremes in this story. At least we didn't live that way, and didn't know anyone who did. It almost makes "us" (the retro generation) seem a bit freaky, kind of like we're some kind of curiosity to the Millennial writers! Like museum pieces ...
Paul 2 months ago
A little math: the 70s were FORTY years ago, not FIFTY!
Something like that!
If you subtract 1979 from 2019 = 40. But then for the sake of the topic you'd be leaving the 70's. If you subtract 1972 from 2019 = 47 years and you'd be well on your way going through the decade of the 70's. More like 50 years ago, but then who's counting .... ?
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