“I loved the 70s – and that’s both the 1970s and the 1870s. There’s obviously always something about a decade that starts with a seven that means the design dial is turned to 11; colours get bolder, shapes get badder and style flies its freak flag. So, thank goodness resplendent 70s temptress Estelle Bilson has committed pen to paper so that the world can enjoy her take on the era of soft squares, teak, shag and Artex.” – Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
“[Estelle Bilson] gives people the courage to use [her] products without fear – [she is] brilliant – I think [she] is the most important creative look since Conran.” Barbara Hulanicki OBE
From disco and glam to space age and psychedelic, there’s no denying the huge impact the 70s had on style and design. But how do you bring the era’s maximalism to your interior without it looking like a cluttered junk shop or a period pastiche?
Estelle Bilson aka @70shousemanchester transformed her unremarkable 3-bedroom terraced home into a 70s wonderland, using a thrifty eye and vintage know-how. In her first book, she shows you how to bring the same creative magic to your home with her expert advice, tips and tricks on choosing colour, pattern, shapes and materials – whether you’re after a few nods to the era, or the full 70s fantasy.
70s House is the definitive guide to the most daring decade in design, covering everything from shag carpets and supergraphics, to Hornsea ceramics and G Plan furniture. The book is split into three sections: 70s influences – what shaped the era?; How to bring the 70s to your interior design; and At home with 70s House Manchester. And of course, it wouldn’t be the 70s without a good old-fashioned shindig – Estelle also reveals her secrets to throwing the grooviest get-together, complete with vintage recipes and record selections to match.
Part interiors guide, part manual for living, this loud-and-proud book will bring not only 70s colour and kitsch to the modern day, but also the rebellious spirit, pure joy and freewheeling energy epitomised by the era.
Because the 70s is so much more than the decade that taste forgot.