MCM Lounge Room Décor – Retro Holiday Home – Hunter Valley NSW

MCM Lounge Room Décor – Retro Holiday Home – Hunter Valley NSW

Retro Decor

My very handy husband and I are renovating and decorating a Retro Holiday Home in the Hunter Valley NSW with the intention of holiday letting it to guests.

Thank you to all or lovely guests at The Groovy Grape over the last year.

The Groovy Grape has been sold to a lovely family who are going to live in it. We are currently selling off some of the furniture that the new owners don’t need. To see the items for sale go to For Sale Gallery

This Retro Holiday Home is going to exude all things Vintage, from 1956 to 1976. Think

  • Mid-Century Modern … think Madmen
  • Psychedelic Sixties … think Get Smart, I Dream of Jeannie
  • Groovy Seventies … think The Partridge Family, That Seventies Show

The house was built in 1981 but has some great 1970s and mid-century details, like raked ceilings, skylights, an arched doorway and slate floor in the entry.

It is a large house with 5 bedrooms and 3 living areas so this is a significant project.

MCM Lounge Room Décor 

So here is the first sneak peak of the lounge room before and after.


Loungeroom – Before

The Groovy Grape

Lounge Room – After

MCM Lounge Room Décor

Lounge Room – After

This room has great bones so we didn’t change it much. That said, we changed out the wall lights, removed lots of redundant cabling and touched up the paint before decorating.

  • raked and beamed ceilings that had a resurgence of popularity in the 1950s and again in the 1970s.
  • the early 1960s sideboard (refinished by me),
  • the 1976 Tessa T8 armchair designed by Fred Lowen (restored by me),
  • the pair of enormous 1950s vintage brass lamps with original shades (painted grey),
  • the two brass and smoked glass sides tables from the 1960s (not a pair),
  • the vintage Danish style teak surfboard coffee table (refinished by me),
  • the pair of 1960s atomic laminate nesting tables,
  • a 1960s metal and orange vinyl phone table,
  • a smoke glass daisy bowl designed in the 1960s by Frank Thrower for Dartington Glass England,
  • a 1970s teak coaster set in rack, and
  • a framed oil painting of palm trees and boats from the 1950s (hanging over the phone table).

The period appropriate items include:

  • an avocado/olive modular/sectional corner lounge (think conversation pit),
  • a geometric shag pile rug, because shag rugs were a 1960s/70s essential,
  • turquoise art glass vase and bowl because art glass was big in the 1960s,
  • a cream vinyl cube/footstool, and
  • 3 large round rice paper lanterns.
Retro Loungeroom Reno

1960s Sideboard

Retro Decor

Teak Danish style Surfboard Coffee Table

Retro Decor

Atomic Laminate Nesting Tables

Retro Loungeroom Reno

1960s Funky Telephone Table

Retro Loungeroom Reno

1950s Oil Painting

Retro Decor

1976 Tessa T8 by Fred Lowen

MCM Lounge Room Décor

1950s Brass Lamp Bases – Aztec Motif

MCM Lounge Room Décor

1960s Brass Side Tables





























We kept the previous owners black wall to disguise the modern television and the vintage curtains (1980s) which can easily and cleverly hide the television and the air-conditioner. The 1980s wall sconces came from my girlfriend’s house and the 1980s metal leaf wall panels came from the previous owner.

All other items look the part and were sourced from eBay, Facebook Marketplace or my ‘backroom’.

I will be adding more posts as I complete each room so ‘stay posted’.

For links to all posts on this reno go to Retro Holiday Home Renovation.

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