It’s Amazing What a 96 Year Old Lady Did to Her Home Over 72 Years


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72 years is a long time, especially if you spent that time decorating your home. There was a 96 year old lady, Joyce, who lived in the same house in Toronto for seven decades and spend her time preserving it like it was still the 1950s. It’s amazing how she could retain the essence of this time and she did it so secretly that even the neighbours couldn’t have been able to tell that her outside ordinary looking house is this beautiful on the inside!

It’s looking quite ordinary on the outside

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Joyce wanted to sell her house after living in it for 72 years. First it seemed for the realtors like it’s like every other house in Toronto, nothing special. When they entered the house, they were expecting something entirely different.

The realtors expected something like this

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Is she a hoarder? Or what is this big secret that she wouldn’t say about the inside of the house? Maybe she piled up a lifetime of useless stuff over the years she lived there. If this is the case, it would be very difficult to sell her house.

Instead, they found a magical world on the inside

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The interior of the house was extremely well-furnished and it completely preserved the style of the ’40-s and ’50-s. It turned out that Joyce was a professional seamstress back in the day and she also liked to call herself an interior decorater.

A journey back in time

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Looking at this beautifully furnished dining room, we can’t help but hear swinging ’40s music in our heads. It’s like we magically travelled back in time.

The dining room

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The pink chairs, the wallpaper, the old cupboard: they all remind us of the designs of the last century. We can’t believe how did se preserve all this over all this time! Let’s explore the other rooms!

It’s obvious that her favourite colour is pink

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It’s instantly grabbing our attention that she liked textured walls, soft colours, especially pink and decorating items like flowers or angels. Pastel colours are the dominant theme in her house, but what did her husband think about all this?

Leave the bedroom alone

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Joyce’s husband didn’t mind her wife decorating the entire house according to her ideas, but the only thing he asked her is not to make the bedroom pink. So it became purple and white, but Joyce put one pink item in the room: a sitting bench at the end of the bed.

The only room where not pink is the dominant colour

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This room is slightly different than the other rooms in the house, but we can still see Joyce’s affection for pink. She put a turqoise and a beige chair in the room to still put some colour in the white-wall room. Let’s see how would their kitchen look like after all this!

Of course the kitchen is also pink

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The kitchen looks like a princess’ dream. White walls, white kitchen furniture with a slight of pink decoration like flowers, curtains and lamp decorations. Every kitchen appliance is still working and in perfect condition. It’s unbelievable!

A room for tea

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Let’s explore the other rooms in the house! This small pink room would be perfect for an afternoon tea or to have a chat with girlfriends or neighbours. After this, can you imagine how the sewing room would look where Joyce made several items for the decorations?

The amazing sewing room

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The purple colour is dominant in this room where Joyce spent her days sewing decoration items for the house. We can see the combo of the table and the lamp; it was really stylish in the ’40s and ’50s. It’s a very calm environment to get things done!

Pastel on both floors

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Their house is a 2-floor building and Joyce decorated both of them with the same style. On the second floor there’s the bedroom we talked about earlier, and there’s this sea-foam wallpapered hallway with a small table and a pink chair, where you can sit down to have a cup of tea or to read the newspaper. Or maybe it was functioning as a kind of waiting area when Joyce’s husband sit waiting for her dressing when they went out?

The bathroom

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There’s one more room we didn’t talk about yet. The bathroom! Joyce’s style can also be discovered in this room which is really small, but they enlargened the place with a big mirror. And did we say they had two bathrooms?

The orange bathroom

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This is a small relief that not all of the rooms are pink in this house. The second bathroom got a pastel orange look with a slight lavender touch. We almost got through the whole house by now, but there’s still one floor we didn’t discuss. The basement!

The third floor

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A big change in stlye! The basement is completely different from the rooms on the first and the second floor. It’s fully covered in wood paneling and it has a bar with fluorescent ceiling lights. It’s like a mini living room from the 1960’s. It’s really nice to leave the pink colour out of it.

The laundry room

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Joyce also had a laundry room in the basement. It’s decorated with the same natural wood and has a clear image. This style is reminding us to the pop-art designs of the 1960’s. Guess how much money she can sell the house for!

The price is shocking!

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The realtors calculated that the price of the house is around
$900,000+, but the contents of the house can be also sold for tremendous profit. What do you think will happen when some antique collectors look at these things? Of course it wasn’t Joyce’s intention to preserve her home for profit. It’s because of the seamstress talents and love for decorating that made this house so fantastic.


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