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Monday, March 15, 2010

Northbrook Eighties Damage

This was one of those big, beautiful North Shore homes that was lovingly decorated when it was built... and then allowed to stand, unchanged, as a testament to its time.

However, as the realtors like to say, it had good bones.

It's decor savings time. Please set your watches back to 1989.


Double wow.

That's a genuine pink and gray marble faux-finish on those walls. I'd like to say that the owners of this house were hoarding the eighties. Or were eighties hoarders. Because "hoarding" and "hoarders" have turned out to be very popular Google search terms and they bring in a fair amount of traffic week after week. But I won't.

The basement had everything you'd need to keep the kids at home and just saying no.

Who's up for a Jazzercise routine?

It was $1395 and, according to the sign, worked great.

The Donald would be so proud.

To find the master bedroom, just go up the stairs and back in time about twenty years.

There are a lot of things I'd change about this bedroom, but these nightstands are not one of them.

Neither are these built-ins.

Found in one of the built-ins' bottom drawers. This is one of those pictures that's worth a thousand words, many of them unprintable in this blog.

Another bedroom, with an artistic interpretation of the stock market during the "greed is good" decade on the walls.

I'd like to tell you this is wallpaper...

... but it's not. Someone went to quite a bit of trouble and expense to paint this on the walls.

This house is one of the many reasons I love Northbrook.

It can also buy updated decor. Just sayin'.


  1. I think Northbrook was the capital of the 80's.

  2. Interesting point. When you compare this with the other Northbrook sale, they do seem to have a lot in common.

    This bears further inquiry, I think.


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