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1980 time capsule house — impeccable & fabulous in Shorewood, Minn. — 47 photos

1980s retro time capsule houseTour-a-Time-CapsuleThoughtful, colorful, harmonious, exuberant, impeccable — today’s time capsule — a 1980 ranch house in Shorewood, Minnesota, listed for sale by realtor Diana Davis — is absolutely stunning. This is one of The Most Beautiful time capsules we’ve ever shown — all the more so, because it appears to be in immaculate condition, as if the finishing touches were completed last month, not 34 years ago. Prepare your eyeballs, you are going to be amazed.

Built on the cusp of the 1980s, this home’s decor straddles the funky 1970s and glitzy 1980s effortlessly. We are reminded of interiors from American Hustle. In fact, we bet this story makes it to all the most retro-conscious set decorators in Hollywood, who will go gaga for this beautifully decorated and maintained time capsule house. Hi, Hollywood!  Hire us to be consultants, will ya? Thanks to the fabulous photography — 47 photos! — by Nathan Treanor via the team from SpaceCrafting, we can all take in and learn from the many impressive design details in this stunning 1980 home. 

80s-retro-kitchen-skylightFrom the listing:

  • Price: $648,900
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Square Feet: 5,470
  • Total Bedrooms: 5
  • Full Bathrooms: 2
  • 3/4 Bathrooms: 1
  • 1/2 Baths: 2

One of the largest court yard homes in Amesbury. Gorgeous 5 Bedroom/5Bath luxury home with main floor master suite, sauna, den, and amusement room. End unit with Cul-de-sac with pond. New upgrades and remodeling.

1980s-entryway-hall-wallpaperretro-mushroom-lampIf I had to venture a guess, I’d say this home was decorated with the help of a very skilled interior designer. The house employs an analogous color scheme over all — analogous, referring to colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. White paint and lacquered pieces punctuate the scheme throughout the house.

flower-chandelier-70sMost of the house is decorated in a green/yellow analogous scheme, with the two taking turns playing the lead role. In some rooms though, like the dining room above, the designer used just one of the colors monochromatically. Think you can’t mix patterns? This designer did — to stunning effect. This green shade reminds us of our 2013 color of the year, Broyhill Premier Chapter One Rich Lime Green. This color was also popularly matched with white lacquer paint.

70s-den-retroThe color scheme in other rooms shifts slightly away from either the green or yellow towards orange or blue instead. These slight shifts add interest while still feeling a part of the greater plan. One such room is the study above. The wood adds a warmth to this room that isn’t present in the rest of the home’s stark white furniture and walls. Instead of having the green and yellow analogous color scheme in this room, the designer shifted slightly on the color wheel to make a blue and green analogous palette. The study has a slight 70s vibe, but also exhibits some trademark decor choices of the 1980s — such as the collection of 29+ ducks sprinkled around the room — a characteristic of 1980s decor discussed in our post 1980s design and decorating trends.

80s-white-and-green-living-roomThe presence of the green carpeting and repetition of shapes in patterns and furniture combined with the harmonious color theory used throughout the house allow the home’s decor to all feel related, creating a pleasing effect.

retro-carpeted-spiral-staircasePam and I chatted at length about this property and decided on some of our favorite design elements. First off, is this fabulous spiral staircase covered in orange carpeting.

spiral-staircase-retro-carpetedYes, even the walls are carpeted. Amazing.

round-bathtub-hollywood-regencyThe circular bathtub in the master dressing room is gloriously over the top. Not only is this a round tub with a very cool faucet (that looks to be similar to this atomic faucet I recently spotted on Ebay), but holey cow — those mirrored tiles, that chandelier, the candles.

flower-power-wallpapered-bathroomThen there is the wallpaper in this bathroom. Hippy dippy flower power acid trip — in the 1980s. Pam is in love, which does not surprise me as I suspect she is a flower child at heart. Also of note: Is that a mid century jewelry Christmas tree on the wall? waaaaant

70s-swing-chair-retroAnother fun detail — the iron hanging swing chair in this bedroom. Sweet!

retro-courtyard-patioWho doesn’t love an enclosed courtyard — a feature typical of California ranch homes — in Minnesota. The central garden area would be the perfect spot for a vegetable or herb garden. No bunnies or deer would be able to stop by for a snack and the location right off the kitchen is optimal for picking fresh herbs to add to dinner. This is one feature I’d love to have at my house [just make sure you plan for proper drainage off those three rooflines all pouring into one u-shaped area, Pragmatic Pam warns.]

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  1. Susan says:

    I LOVE this house. Thank you for sharing. There’s no doubt I would purchase if I lived anywhere in Minnesota. Pictures are a great resource for future projects though.

  2. Linda says:

    The crazy wall paper in the bathroom reminds me of Peter Max. This is definitely one of the better decorated 80’s offerings. There was some ugly furniture in the 80’s. I know from which I speak, as I had some of the ugliest.

  3. virginia says:

    I lie! The first views of the extended, horizontally , foyer are to die for! So in love with the striped wall paper and the Roman Key rug. Love love love. Curse you, Pam, except it’s Sunday! What did Oscar Wilde say? One always kills what one loves? I want this house … gone. Or mine. Or gone. Penny Dreadful love.

  4. virginia says:

    I’ve been thinking about this house ever since. And keep hearing the Foo Fighters doing Evermore. It is totally awesome, the house, but I keep thinking about how I’d want to hang my art collection. Could be done and love would find a way. But, like a Frank Lloyd Wright house, it comes with certain significant restrictions — in the name of integrity and just common sense in terms of visuals. Those could be tossed to the wind but still …

    I’m torn in thinking about the house because I lovz but can’t find a real way to bring my world into it in a way that makes sense. And bringing one’s world into a house is what it’s all about.

  5. Carrie W. says:

    Ok, I am loving the banana fruit bowl in the kitchen, and the carpeted walls lining the staircase. I can see running my hands across that every time I go up or down! Yumm.

  6. Manon Fournier says:

    Wow! Even though the 80’s are not my favourite time era, this house is amazing! I particularly how well lighted it is – naturally and electrically! Many memories were brought back, espacially with the copper boat in slide 12 . My mom still has one just like it and she asked me recently if I wanted it! Do you have any information about that kind of art?
    Thanks! I love your site.

  7. Casey says:

    That master bath is bigger than every bedroom I’ve ever had. Although I’m not a fan of carpet in bathrooms, I wouldn’thave the heart to change a thing about it. Too fabulous.

  8. tammyCA says:

    It’s terrific! All the fresh citrusy lemon, lime, tangerine colors and light ..feels very comfortable and fun. To me it looks more in the 1960s, early ’70s decor before the earth tones took over. I sure wouldn’t change anything. It reminds me of my fave time capsule here..the dance teacher in Ohio with the kind of Hollywood regency decor.

  9. ali says:

    I am surprised by how much I love this house! The 80’s house I grew up in wasn’t nearly this cool 😉 I can’t believe how clean that carpet looks, and did you notice the wallpaper that matches the shower curtain and the drapes? So cute! I hope this adorable home survives the next owner, and I second the motion to keep the furniture with the house– nothing else would work quite as well here.

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