1974 Time Warp Cool Spot

November 20th, 2010 · 22 Comments

Have we got a treat for you today.  A groovy basement in New Jersey.  According to the photographer Todd Lappin, this is his neighbor’s basement as it looks today from when it was designed in 1974.


Todd shared the story behind this cool hang-out spot at one of our favorite blogs, BoingBoing.net.  Click here for the post.




Super trippy.  What a cool space!


Tags: 1970s · Basement · Fireplace · Other US Cities · Wallpaper

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Picky // Nov 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    WOW! What a neat space. I’ll give away my age, but I haven’t seen this type of space in years. Don’t change a thing! Bright Clean Comfortable and Useful. You are right. What a blast from the past and a good one, too.

  • 2 Murphy // Nov 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    That’s shagalicious !!

  • 3 Christine Thresh // Nov 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Wow! I wonder how they kept is so clean for all these years.

  • 4 Joeygoat // Nov 20, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I’d buy it!

  • 5 maria // Nov 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    The 20th century’s ugliest design era with music to match.
    Todd’s neighbor would know. I bet this dude… with the groovy pad… still serves Boones’s Farm Apple Wine along with a helping of Captain & Tennille’s Muskrat Love…on a record player. Why would I know? I think I dated this guy.

  • 6 felixthecat // Nov 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    “The 20th century’s ugliest design era with music to match.”

    So true. I’m reminded of a “Get A Life” episode in which a 1970s Gus says “Man, I hate this decade”.

    No matter how well done, how well preserved, it still looks cheap and trashy.

  • 7 Val // Nov 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    So, that’s where the key parties took place…

  • 8 PJ // Nov 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Love the groovy wall paper.

    The hills of shag carpet reminds me of those funky carpet scratching houses for cats.

  • 9 Jožo // Nov 20, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Whoa!!! that is just amasing.

  • 10 MickeyD // Nov 21, 2010 at 12:07 am

    A “conversation pit”!

  • 11 MickeyD // Nov 21, 2010 at 12:10 am

    ..and yes, this was THE ugliest decade of all. Remember how ugly the interior of the Brady house was on TV?
    I hated the mid-late 70’s as well. The disco music was awful and tacky. “Swinging” was apparently a “thing”. Just awful, loose, unattractive yuck for design and culture.

  • 12 Heather // Nov 21, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I would consider living in Jersey if that was my pad. Talk about well preserved.

  • 13 El // Nov 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I’m diggin’ this room. The far out wallpaper and hanging chair are right on.

  • 14 Warren // Nov 21, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Neato! that pad is really happening in a far out kind of way. I dig it!!!

  • 15 MamaCas // Nov 22, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I love this room!! Especially that wallpaper!

  • 16 Carpeted Pits & Platforms « Supergraphic Strategies // Jan 4, 2011 at 12:41 am

    […] In order of appearance, the images in the first section under “Carpet Pits & Platforms” are from: Living for Today (1972), The House Book (1974), unknown, unknown, Ugly House Photos (1974), and The Bed and Bath Book (1978). The images in “Carpet & Cushion Couches” are from: The Bed and Bath Book (1978), Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book (1975), Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book (1975), The Bed and Bath Book (1978), and The Bed and Bath Book (1978). The images in “Modifications” are from: Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book (1975), The Bed and Bath Book (1978), Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book (1975), Bloomingdale’s Book of Home Decorating (1973), unknown, and Sunset Children’s Rooms &Play Yards (1980). The first image and the text blocks in “Construction” are from The House Book (1974) and the remaining images are from this website (2005)- look at the link under “Riser Construction.” Additionally check out a post on pits and platforms by Ouno Design. […]

  • 17 moon // Jan 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Far out! In 74, that would have been my dream basement to hang out with my girlfriends and burn strawberry incense! 🙂 That room is “bad”!

  • 18 Lachlan // Aug 12, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Haha well I dunno about incense but I’d probably be burning something else… A green, leafy plant comes to mind…

  • 19 Hollywood1919 // Oct 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    It’s so ugly, it’s cool… lol.
    Thank-you for sharing all of the retro decor you find in houses, they have inspired me to build Sims 3 houses from the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s…. they all look so deliciously ugly! 😀

  • 20 pspfreak1000 // Dec 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    i think that arrow is kinda cool! not my choice of colors, but i think that is neet!!!

  • 21 mid century modern lover // Jan 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    why is this on Ugly House Photos?! Thats my dream basement all it needs is new carpet and a coat of paint on the fireplace. great photos Todd Lappin!!

  • 22 Greeney // Jul 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I agree with those who stated the 70s were the worst in design. I find everything from the 70s creeps me out. Around here, that was also the decade that gave us aluminum wiring, the worst fire hazard in home building.

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