This story originally appeared at LittleThings.
In 2014, a 96-year-old Toronto resident was selling her two-story home located in the West Toronto neighborhood of Bloor West Village.
From the outside, the house didn’t look like anything out of the ordinary, and even her neighbors had no idea about the surprise she’d been keeping inside.
The home was intricately and gorgeously decorated in perfect style, drawing from the best of the 1950s and ’60s from floor to ceiling. We’re talking metallic wallpaper, modern baroque prints, colorful carpeting, neo-ornate splendor, and much, much more.
The homeowner was a 96-year-old seamstress who had always been passionate about interior design but unable to make it her profession. Despite her age, she and her family lovingly maintained the home’s classic beauty and eccentricities for 72 years.
The interior remained in absolutely pristine condition…
From the outside, this 96-year-old woman’s home in Toronto looks pretty ordinary.
Nothing special, right?
But just wait…
The elderly homeowner was once a seamstress and knitter by trade.
But at 96 years old, she’s finally got the recognition she deserves as an interior designer, though she never had formal training.
From floor to ceiling, this two-story detached home is decorated in perfect 1960s style.
Just look at that wallpaper!
The homeowner said, “I like soft colors, and I like things to match and flow well together. I prefer tone-on-tone to bright colors.”
It’s easy to see her favorite colors are soft pastels, like pink, purple, sea-foam, and aqua.
The kitchen boasts amazing light fixtures and custom cabinet hardware.
And who doesn’t love a breakfast nook?
These date all the way back to the days of The Brady Bunch and are perfect for your cozy morning coffee.
The master bedroom features bright, bold gemstone purple, lilac walls, purple carpeting, and a fuchsia settee.
Look at those built-ins, the copper-gold mirror, and emerald velour.
The homeowner’s daughter remembers how her mother’s style wasn’t complete without the color pink.
Naturally, this was her favorite room in the house!
The family bathroom is also pink, but with matte gold accents to match.
This is the style maven’s sewing studio, where she showcases her love for purple and orange.
No retro home would be complete without a fabulous, spacious basement.
It keeps that vintage look, but also has a genuine playroom feel.
The basement bathroom features a sweet lilac sink, with a function-forward accordion shower stall door.
A fully-equipped basement laundry suite, too? This home has seriously got it all.
Outside, there’s a wonderful outdoor space, complete with Astroturf and swan planter.
There’s more than enough room for a whole family to enjoy the outdoors, with a sweet little garden shed painted in a soft mint shade.
No one on the street ever talked about the home, or knew what it looked like inside.
But now everyone is well aware of incredible design, and its 96-year-old decorator and keeper! We hope the new owner will fully appreciate this home’s retro charm!