Ordinary-Looking Home Is an Untouched Time Capsule of the 1950s Inside

An ordinary-looking home can hide some amazing things behind its unassuming facade. We've recently discovered that a suburban dwelling in Oregon has a Renaissance-era castle inside, and similarly, this seemingly unremarkable 72-year-old house in Toronto, Canada actually has a pristine interior decor that's a time capsule to the mid 20th century.

The preserved interior design of the home was discovered, when it was put on the market. Its owner, a 96-year-old seamstress and knitter by trade, decorated and maintained the dwelling. Undeterred by changing interior trends, she stayed true to her own style for many decades. “I like soft colors and I like things to match and flow well together,” she told to her listing agent, Gladys Spizzirri. Adding, “I prefer tone-on-tone to bright colors.”

Once you walk into the house, it's as if you're transported back to the 1950s and 1960s. Some of its features include: metallic wallpaper; wrought-iron chairs and tables; baroque prints; and an original 1950s Moffat stove that's still in working condition. The dedication to this style is impressive and a haven for collectors and enthusiasts alike. It just goes to show–you never know what's beyond the brick walls!

Above: Dining room

Entrance hall

Living room


Breakfast nook

Downstairs bathroom

Second floor landing

Main bedroom

Guest bedroom

Third bedroom

Family bathroom


via [Design You Trust, Bright Side]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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