Revisit retro

PA Photo/Katya da Grunwald/Ryland Peters & Small
PA Photo/Katya da Grunwald/Ryland Peters & Small

Shagpile, geometric patterns, abstract flower prints and lashings of orange can only mean one thing - the Seventies.

It may fill you with nostalgia for bell-bottoms, Walkmans and - that ultimate dippy-hippy accessory - hanging dream catchers, not to mention the music.

If you bopped to the likes of Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive and The Village People’s YMCA, or enjoyed Abigail’s Party-style evenings, you may simply cringe with embarrassment at your dated decor and antics.

If so, avert your eyes, because this is the decade style never forgot, and it’s having another moment in the sun. Luckily, it’s all slicked up and ready to groove again, with some suitably contemporary twists.

While this reincarnation gives a nod to Seventies chic, there’s a fresh, much more edgy approach to what’s being dubbed ‘Bohemian Modern’.

“This is for people who are creative, unconventional and shun the status quo in interiors, and want to do so with flair and success,” enthuses Emily Henson, the unofficial high priestess of the theme and who’s written a guide to creating the look in her new book, Bohemian Modern.

“Of course, you can indulge in the cliches of the era, macrame wall hangings and plant holders, houseplants en masse, and vibrantly coloured kilim rugs, but there’s also plenty of ways to be innovative and contrast those elements with polished concrete work surfaces, sleek modern art and focusing on design which makes this so, so current for today.”

Maybe you’d like some vintage furniture in your home; think a ceiling hung swing chair or a glitzy drinks trolley, but don’t want things to feel too retro. In which case, quirky touches may be all that’s needed to hint at Boho. For instance, suspend a glitter ball from the ceiling, or paint a piece of furniture in a bold, earthy, glossy hue and you’ve given a hint to the past in a thoroughly modern way.

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Taylor Wimpey have confirmed directly with local Councillor Nathan Wilson that the organisation retains its commitment to building a park and ride at Shieldmuir Train Station. In response to recent enquiries made by Councillor Wilson, Taylor Wimpey have advised that engagement is taking place with Network Rail over the latter’s approval procedures and that once this process is complete, work will be able to begin on site. The developer has informed the Motherwell Councillor that during the period of investigation undertaken since the commencement of building work was delayed in January 2018, an unrecorded service chamber has been discovered on site. The project cannot move forward until further clarification is provided on the nature of the service chamber and Taylor Wimpey are in the process of commissioning a contractor to assess the situation. The developer’s initial judgement is that this is likely a redundant service. A senior representative of the organisation has also informed Councillor Wilson that a member of the Taylor Wimpey production team will be sent out to inspect the vacant land following a request he made at the beginning of 2019 for maintenance work to be carried out on site should construction of the park and ride remain some time away. Councillor Nathan Wilson said: “Taylor Wimpey have communicated to me directly that the park and ride facility is a project that the organisation remains committed to delivering. “However, it goes without saying that the lengthy delay is still very disappointing and frustrating. “An unrecorded service chamber has been identified on site and progress is unable to be made until this has been investigated. “Taylor Wimpey have relayed to me that an on-site inspection of the vacant land will take place and I hold to the view that maintenance work should be carried out in the short term to improve it’s current condition. “I will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders and re-inforce to them the importance of the park and ride project locally. Motherwell and Wishaw CAB takes home 40 per cent of the prizes