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Mom adds 1970s style to her home, pays less than $25 for each piece: "The opposite of white and grey homes everyone has"

Amy Christie

A mom of three who lives in Chicago managed to change her house style while working with a tight budget. She avoided overspending and got every vintage piece for a low price, and the effects are amazing. As soon as you come into her home, you get transported to 1970, with a rush of color and creative decor.

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Corbyn Hanson Wittig, 51, decided to undertake the transformation of her new home into a vintage space right after moving in with her husband and three kids.

"We moved into this new home last year and were inspired by the belongings left behind," Corbyn shared with The Epoch Times.

The family consulted, and all five decided that the 1970s style suited them best. Once they chose the theme, they made the decision to get everything they needed from thrift shops so they could save money while creating a unique living space.

That's how Corbyn started going around all the thrift shops in the area so she could get the chance to bring about her very own "time capsule home." As her trips became more productive, the woman started adding a tone and a different style to the house, gradually bringing in all kinds of objects from that time that she happened to find.

And the price she needed to pay was not steep at all. The mother managed to get each piece of furniture for less than $25, thus avoiding huge expenses and saving up money while keeping up creativity.

"There is almost nothing in here that's newer than 1980 or more expensive than $25—you will often get something better in a thrift shop and for less money. Why would you go to buy a bin from Target when you could get the same or even cheaper in vintage style?" she said.

The woman is convinced that now is a great time to rethink house decoration and realize that you can redesign your space without taking out a loan or adding extra costs.

"It felt like it's the right time to find alternatives to buying new," she pointed out.

Her purpose in looking for objects and furniture from the '70s was to get out of the minimalist look that she sees everywhere. For Corbyn, modern white-and-grey decorations and furniture are just "boring," and she didn't want to take that path while designing the inside of her home.

"I think '70s bright colors are what we're missing now—it's more stylish, nostalgic. Many people are missing the maximalism—the total opposite of the white and grey homes everyone has now," Corbyn explained.

Her house now includes several multicolor throws, an orange fridge freezer, and colorful lampshades.

Even though her central theme is set in the 1970s, the mother admitted that she included a few pieces from the 1950s and 1960s.

The woman also loves to dress in a vintage style, but being a busy mom often means choosing sporty outfits or yoga pants. She enjoys crewel embroidery, a hobby that comes from the 1970s as well.

She encourages people to take a good look at the place they live and figure out if they have a connection to the objects they use every day. Her vintage approach to redecorating a home also means avoiding waste and creating a unique interior while saving up on expenses. As far as Corbyn is concerned, vintage is the way to go for creativity and for the whole planet.

"You don't need to update something if you can lean into its vintage style—it's about restoring, not renovating," she added.

Every feature that you might dislike can be put to a different use, and learning how to use elements from your existing decor can save you time and money.

"Don't tear out your wooden paneling or the pink bathroom features when you can use them as part of your design. Not only is it cheaper, but by turning to secondhand things first, we can keep more out of the landfill," Corbyn concluded.

Would you go about decorating your house the same way? Are you ok with vintage themes and thrift shop items, or should everything be brand new in your home?


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