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70s superfan transformed his ‘magnolia’ home for just £2,500 with eBay bargains and Facebook freebies


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A man has transformed his home into a groovy 70s inspired home for just £2,500.

Ben Scott, 28, was inspired by his grandparents’ home when decorating his house in Sheffield.

His home is filled with typically 70s groovy floral patterns, oranges and browns along with retro furniture including a gas fireplace.

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The former support worker’s 1970s nostalgic home cost no more than £2,500 to renovate as he buys most items from eBay and Facebook marketplace.

He said: “I absolutely love 70s decor. I find modern houses all look the same.

Ben was inspired by his grandparents' home when decorating his house in Sheffield
Ben was inspired by his grandparents’ home when decorating his house in Sheffield

“Mine has a bit of personality and guests instantly know what I like by walking through my door.”

He added: “The walls used to be magnolia but it felt so cold.

“Whereas now I have lots of warm tones such as yellows, oranges and browns.”

Everything in Ben’s house he either got for free, from eBay or Facebook Marketplace.

“My sofa was free from a stranger on Facebook and it was barely ever sat on,” he said.

The kitchen in the 70s-inspired home
The kitchen in the 70s-inspired home

“In the 70s, a lot of people used to use their living room as more of a showroom so that has worked in my favour with the sofa.

“The fireplace was £20 and so was the unit next to my bed.”

The most expensive item in Ben’s home is the armchair which cost £80.

He said: “I usually pay around £20 for an item or less. I have a large west German lamp in my living room which looks more than £20.

“The kitchen wallpaper was £10 and the yellow floral wallpaper in my bedroom was £20. Some things are second hand whilst others have never been used – either way, I don’t mind.”

Everything from the bath rug to dinnerware in Ben’s house is 70s inspired.

“I have a wooden cabinet in my living room and I have stuck 70s inspired vinyl wallpaper to the back of it,” he said.

“I have been decorating for the last two years but it really spiralled during the lockdown as I found decorating helped with my mental health.”

He added: “I am now surrounded by vibrant floral patterns that I love.

“My home definitely helps lift my spirits.”

Ben was inspired by his late grandparents Sarah, 82, and granddad Jeff, 73, who have sadly passed away.

He adds: “Growing up I lived with my grandparents and their house was similar.

“So now my home feels as safe as it did back then.

“It is comforting being in my house as it reminds me of them.”

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