‘Time traveller’ mum’s house ‘frozen in 1970s’ – and nothing cost more than £20

A mum has created an incredible "time capsule" home that transports you to the 70s – where almost everything is second-hand and cost less than £20.

Corbyn Hanson Wittig, 51, took on a huge project converting her new home into a vintage haven after moving in 2020 – and it’s like stepping straight into the 70s.

The mum-of-three transformed the four-bed detached house in Chicago, Illinois, using almost exclusively second-hand and vintage items, each costing less than £20.

She believes the modern grey and white minimalist decor of today is "boring" and hopes for a revival of 70s maximalism and flower power – which she says will also help to save the planet.

Corbyn, who lives with her kids and husband Ian Wittig, 30, said: "We moved into a new home last year and were inspired by the belongings left behind.

"It feels like the right time to find alternatives to buying new due to climate change, so we turned to second-hand first.

"There is almost nothing in here newer than 1980 or more expensive than $25 – you can often find something better in a thrift shop for less money.

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"I wanted to create the opposite to the white and grey homes – it's everywhere and it's such a boring path to take!"

She went on: "I think 70s flower power and bright colours are what we're missing now – it's more stylish, nostalgic and it keeps things out of landfill."

Corbyn, who is mum to Rainer, 22, Zeke, 15 and Molly, 14, moved into their Illinois home last year and were inspired by the aged decor of the previous owners.

70s child Corbyn said she was "inspired" by the nostalgic theme and scoured thrift shops to create her "time capsule home" which truly felt like being transported back in time.

They decided to adopt the 70s and vintage theme of the house and opted to buy anything they needed second hand – saving them not only money but keeping things out of landfill.

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She said: "It felt like the right time to find alternatives to buying new.

"If you're paying the same or less, why would you go and buy a bin from Target when you could get the same or cheaper vintage?"

Writer Corbyn said their house contains almost nothing made after 1980 – and hardly anything more expensive than $25 due to being second hand.

The house features everything from countless multicoloured throws and lampshades to a bright orange fridge-freezer and even several brightly coloured ukeleles.

Although the theme is primarily 1970s – with an emphasis on "flower power" and warm, bright colours – she said she also has a keen eye for the odd 1950s and 1960s piece.

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