Entries Tagged as '1980s'

30-Year-Old Wet Bar

May 30th, 2011 · 11 Comments

This dark, dreary, dusty wet bar was probably created in the 1980s and untouched ever since.

old ugly dark dreary dusty outdated wet bar black paint Phoenix Arizona home house photo

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Over the Moon In Apache Junction, Arizona

April 16th, 2011 · 3 Comments

These Apache Junction, Arizona sellers are giving buyers the moon!  Or they are merely commenting on the state of real estate today; everyone got bent over.

lawn ornaments man woman bent bending over bloomers moon Apache Junction Arizona

Looks like a skunk too.  Are the sellers from Ohio?

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Celebrating the 80s

April 10th, 2010 · 7 Comments

Gotta love the pastel colors of the 80s.  And the Southwest/Taos adobe village artwork.  Brass & glass chandelier.  Classic 80s.

80s décor Southwest artwork pastel color dining chairs brass light Phoenix home house

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Retro 1980s Phoenix Home

June 5th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Late 1980s/early 1990s home décor complete with kokopelli placemats and geometric mirror design.  Gray/white/mauve/teal dining chairs.

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Floral pastel sofa & couch.  Pouf valance in sandstone red.  Typical painting of a Taos village purchased at Costco.

retro 1980s décor living room pouf valance pastel sofa couch Phoenix home house real estate

Native American pattern shower curtain.

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For a comprehensive look at furniture, home design, and home features in the Phoenix area from the 1950s to the 2000s, check out the index of 77 posts.

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Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1980s Home Décor - Part 2

January 13th, 2009 · 10 Comments

Design Through the Decades - part 75

Part 2 of 2: What was home décor and interior design like in Phoenix in the late 1980s?  The pastels and creamy colors took over, such as mauve, rose, salmon, peach, and seafoam green.  Brass accents appeared.  Flexstone texture was added to furniture and decorations.  Paint splash wallpaper and parquet flooring.  Because 1980s home décor is so distinctive, many homeowners today are remodeling their homes for a fresher look. Here’s a great web article titled “How To De-80s Your House.”

Let’s take a closer look at the late 1980s in Phoenix homes, starting with a 1987 Phoenix home.  Pinks and greens.  Berber carpet.  Pouf window valances.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades 

Hunter green was extremely popular in the 1980s as seen at this 1987 Phoenix home.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Mirrors with a geometric design, brass & glass table, and pillows with heavy fringe were very 1980s.  This is a 1986 Scottsdale, Arizona home.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Floral pattern couches and chairs were big in size and popularity in the late 1980s.  From a 1988 Phoenix home.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Floral wallpaper and parquet flooring.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Bright blues and turquoise combined with other bright colors made an impact in the late 1980s, especially as a Southwest motif.  This is a 1988 Glendale, Arizona home.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The Southwest theme was used in many Phoenix area homes in the 1980s.  The couches, lamps, paintings, drapes, rugs, & decorations were all connected.  This is a 1989 Peoria, Arizona home.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Dried flowers were all the rage in the late 1980s.  They work well with the Southwest décor, right?
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

This 1989 Tempe, Arizona home shows off the pale green drapes, the knobby wood dining set, and the wood laminate inlay table.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

One final photo of typical 1980s home décor and interior design in Phoenix homes.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

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Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1980s Home Décor - Part 1

January 12th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Design Through the Decades - part 74

Part 1 of 2:  What was home décor and interior design like in Phoenix in the 1980s?  It had a wide variety of colors, designs, patterns, and textures.  Framed Nagel drawings on the wall.  Red, white, & black colors used together.  Because 1980s home décor is so distinctive, many homeowners today are remodeling their homes for a fresher look.  Here’s a great web article titled “How To De-80s Your House.”

Let’s take a closer look at the early 1980s in Phoenix homes.  Geometric patterns, shapes, & angles in home design were, like, very 1980s, for sure.  Totally rad designs with olives, oranges, & yellows like this.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Aqua, aquamarine, teal, or any variation of blue-green were seen on and in many 1980s Phoenix homes.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Parquet wood flooring, wood tables, patterned sofas/couches, and gauzy or burlap-type drapes on dark wood dowels defined the 1980s.  Here is a 1981 Phoenix home.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Combining hunter green color with wood furniture was a common interior design motif in the 1980s as seen at this 1984 Glendale, Arizona home.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Darker pastel colors just as rose, mauve, and seafoam green were used in window treatments and furniture.  Again, dark wood furniture was common.  This is a 1984 Peoria, Arizona home.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Mirrors were big in the 1980s, especially with patterns.  Hanging macramé planters added some flair to this 1980s living room with plush Saxony carpeting.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

More mirrors!
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

There’s that teal/aquamarine/green-blue color again.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1980s dining room with glass chandelier, mirrors, and black furniture offset by pink drapes, vase, & rug.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Wallpaper with tiny flowers was totally in style in the 1980s.  This is a home outside of Arizona, but you get the idea.  Hollywood-style make-up lighting and blue-green towels.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

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Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1970s & 1980s Roofs

December 31st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Design Through the Decades - part 66

Roofing In Phoenix, Arizona

The 1970s - Roofs:

Most Phoenix homes in the 1970s had gable style roofs with white asphalt shingles.  The carport roof seen here makes this 1978 home have a cross gable design.
1970s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Flat foam roofs started to show up more frequently in the 1970s.  Here’s a 1971 Phoenix home.
1970s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Red tile officially made its debut in Phoenix homes in the 1970s, at least for decorative purposes.  The home here is still a flat roof with foam.
1970s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Wood shake roofs were not that common in Phoenix from the 1950s to the 1970s.  Here’s a 1970 Phoenix home with wood shake.
1970s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

There was a time when white rocks were placed on top of a white foam roof.  The thought was that the rocks pulled the heat away from the roof.  The white foam reflected the hot summer sun.  Here’s a home from 1971.
1970s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

 

The 1980s - Roofs:

The 1980s in Phoenix became the decade of the red tile roof.  It may not account for over half of Phoenix homes or even 25%, but it left a lasting impression on roof design.  Here’s a modified roof with flat & gable styles with red tile at a 1984 Phoenix home.
1980s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Pink tile was also used toward the end of the 1980s.  The pink or red clay tile was arched.  This created air space between the tile and the underlayment felt paper.  Clay tile roofs are supposed to last a lifetime, which they may, but the intense Arizona sun can make the underlayment brittle over time, requiring a re-roofing.  Roofers have to carefully remove all of the tile, store it for re-use, replace the underlayment, and re-lay the clay tile.
1980s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Flat foam roofs were still popular in the 1980s in Phoenix.  Foam roofs require more preventative maintenance than shingled or tiled roofs.
1980s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Whereas gable style roofs were common from the 1950s to the 1970s, reverse gable style roofs were used in the 1980s.  This is a 1986 Phoenix home with asphalt shingles.  Note that you cannot see the roof when viewing from the front.
1980s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

This is a 1980s Phoenix home with a double cross gable roof design with shingles.
1980s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Vaulted ceilings were very trendy in 1980s Phoenix homes.  The roof pitch was much more pronounced in these homes.
1980s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

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Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1970s & 1980s Parking

December 23rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

Design Through the Decades - part 63

The 1970s - Parking:

By the 1970s, covered parking for two vehicles was standard in Phoenix.  Two-car carports could still be found in some 1970s homes.
1970s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Sometimes there was storage space above the carport as seen at this 1971 Phoenix home.
1970s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The carport sometimes extended out from the main house.
1970s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Two-car garages were the most popular choice for covered parking in 1970s homes.  This is a 1971 Phoenix home.
1970s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

An enclosed garage protected cars from theft and from the sun.  Garages also allowed for secured storage, which was important since 99.9% of Phoenix homes do not have basements.
1970s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

 

The 1980s - Parking:

By the 1980s, two-car garages were standard in Phoenix homes.  Carports only showed up at townhouses.  Most 1980s homes were designed with garages dominating the architecture.
1980s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Bedrooms were often found above garages in the 1980s.
1980s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Some Phoenix homes did not have living space above the garage.  The garage had a flat roof instead as seen at this 1987 home.
1980s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Typical 1980s Phoenix home with two-car garage.
1980s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

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Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1980s Landscaping

December 18th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Design Through the Decades - part 59

Landscaping of Phoenix homes in the 1980s shifted to new types of trees and plants.  The mulberry trees, olive trees, carob trees, and cedar trees from the 1950s to the 1970s went away.  Variety was the name of the game in 1980s landscaping.

Let’s look at some of the new trees & plants of the 1980s, starting with the quintessential 1980s Mexican fan palm.
1980s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Queen palms debuted in the 1980s and grew in popularity into the 1990s.  This is a Phoenix home from 1986.
1980s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Eucalyptus trees were very popular in the 1980s as seen at this 1986 home.  They grow very tall with branches that break off in strong winds.
1980s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

African sumac trees emerged in the 1980s.
1980s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Jacaranda trees were well liked for their purple flowers.
1980s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Bougainvillea bushes defined the 1980s (and the 1990s).
1980s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Mexican Bird of Paradise (aka The Pride of Barbados) bushes offered a splash of orange and red and were very popular in the 1980s.
1980s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Texas sage bushes were used often in 1980s landscaping, with pink-purple flowers in the background at this 1989 back yard.
1980s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Other new trees and bushes in the 1980s were Brazilian pepper tree, pink oleander bush, natal plum bush, cassia bush, myoporum ground cover, hibiscus bush, and pygmy date palm.

A few plants carried over from earlier decades:  citrus, pine, bottle tree, canary palm, and Mediterranean fan palm.  Citrus trees of course are a symbol of Arizona living.
1980s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Aleppo and Eldarica pine trees would not go away in the early 1980s.
1980s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Australian bottle trees hung around in the 1980s too.
1980s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Canary Island date palms (aka pineapple palm) were still used in 1980s landscaping.  Pink gravel was a very popular choice in the 1980s.
1980s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Cacti and saguaros were found in many 1980s Phoenix yards.
1980s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

A trendy design element of 1980s Phoenix back yards was the wood gazebo.
1980s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

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Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1980s Pools

December 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Design Through the Decades - Part 53

The breakthrough design in swimming pools in the 1980s in Phoenix was integrating pools and spas.  It meant stand-alone above-ground spas were no longer needed.
1980s swimming pools Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Circle shaped spas were popular as seen at this 1988 Phoenix home.
1980s swimming pools Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Here’s a pool and spa combo from 1989.
1980s swimming pools Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

For those who already had a pool, an above-ground spa with an enclosed gazebo was very trendy in the 1980s.
1980s swimming pools Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Most swimming pools of the 1980s were of a simple design.  Diving pools were still allowed back then.
1980s swimming pools Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

White plaster walls were standard.
1980s swimming pools Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

One raised side with steps was used in many 1980s pools in Phoenix.  Here’s one from 1983.
1980s swimming pools Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Multiple steps along the pool were used in sloping yards as seen at this 1987 Phoenix home.
1980s swimming pools Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

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