What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

The Green (and Orange) Mile


green 1I have a friend in Fort Collins, Colorado, who goes to an annual seventies costume party at the wonderfully-preserved retro home of some friends. As fabulous as that place looks, I think this penthouse may give it a run for its money. This apartment is for sale in Chicago’s West Roger’s Park area, and it’s been haunting me since I saw an article about it a few days ago.

The penthouse was designed in 1972, and it looks exactly as it must have in its hey day. Its individual elements – aggressive emerald, orange, and harvest gold color scheme, loud wallpaper, and patterned everything – are straight out of my nightmares, but when you put it all together, somehow it turns fabulous (albeit in a fun-to-look-at-but-I’d-never-want-to-live-there way).

The apartment includes three – count ’em, three! – dining areas, two identical mirror-image bathrooms, vintage televisions, and the craziest circular sectional you have ever seen. Even the insides of the closets are covered in nutty seventies wallpaper. I don’t know whether it is being sold furnished, but I can’t imagine most of this stuff fitting in anywhere else, so I’ll bet they’d accept a reasonable offer.

It is in such pristine condition, it seems like it’s straight out of a time warp. Nothing is faded, the furniture looks brand new, and those awful carpets all appear to be stain-free. Only the bedroom looks lived in, and even there, the wallpaper is remarkably preserved. Makes me wonder who the hell has been living in it.

I was a little bummed that the bathroom phones weren’t rotary, but otherwise, the apartment seems like a wonderful slice of the disco age. And it’s a bargain at just $158K! Just promise me that if you buy it, you’ll invite me over. I’d love an excuse to get another perm!

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Dining area 1

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The Green Closet

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Dining area 2. They loved this carpet so much, they bought three of them!

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Dining area 3 – These people really liked to eat!

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Don’t miss the retro scale next to the toilet paper dispenser!

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Orange much?

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I’d be too afraid of the dreams I would have to sleep in here

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Considering the number of dining areas in this apartment, you’d expect the kitchen to show a little more wear and tear

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Stroke-inducing wallpapered entryway. And more of those awful carpets!

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Good grief, that’s hideous!

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The orange bath is the mirror image of the green one. Freaky!

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

21 thoughts on “The Green (and Orange) Mile

  1. I could not help but notice ALL of the vintage perfume and colognes in those bathroom. It really is like time stood still. Thanks for the throw back….

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  2. Some of those pattern would for sure give me a headache, haha! But a few of them (in moderation! accent wall?) might be kinda enjoyable.

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    • I think even an accent wall is too much for me, but I could see covering a single chair in one of those patterns, or some throw pillows on a solid couch, or even dining room cushions. Or maybe just a large square framed like art. To quote Tim Gunn, that’s a lot of look.


  3. Maybe they had 3 different dining areas for entertaining different levels of friends. ? If you made it into the ‘ fancier’ one you were pretty important.

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  4. Our current house was built in the late 60s and has then been preserved in aspic. We had to replace shag pile carpet before we moved in and we are slowly working on updating the decor room by room. The kitchen thankfully dates from the 90s but we still have the original bathrooms. So I was glancing through the photos and thinking to myself, “Well at least we didn’t have to deal with that colour…” or “At least we didn’t have that to contend with..” Then I saw, in the “Orange Much?” image, the very blind we had had to contend with. It was tacked onto our living room wall behind a wooden panelled partition we could not move. It was a feat of engineering and balance for me to remove it and then, when I had it in my hands, it crumbled into so much dust. Like a vampire in the sunlight, suddenly they were just a pile of sawdust. I also have the built in cabinets with a central cocktail cabinet in our family living room but, I must confess, I am preserving that while updating the doors because it is just too cool to demolish.


  5. You’ve got to be careful. You’re becoming quite popular on the WEB–you might cause this style to come back…don’t think I am kidding either. Do you want to be responsible for that?

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  6. A lot of look indeed! And, I hate to crush your dining room fantasies, but I’m pretty sure that third one is a game table in a room with a wet bar. Which would make sense . . . because I would have to drink a LOT to deal with all those colors and patterns!

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