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Published 24/04/2016 | 02:30

Penneys' 'Road to Morocco' collection includes wicker baskets.
Penneys' 'Road to Morocco' collection includes wicker baskets.
Morroccon Rug
Sling Back Chair from French Connection
Fur Sheepskin
Macrame plant hangers from Graham and Greene.
Dolomite mugs from Ross & Brown.
Urbana has a selection of curtains and linens.
Tinek home.

Because it’s all about 1970s interiors now... Ciara Elliott has some tips to bring the retro look home.

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Retro Revival

Does anything spell 1970s chic more than wicker? With everyone from Stevie Nicks to Brigitte Bardot photographed in a wicker chair at the height of their hedonistic heady days, it's no wonder the material is experiencing such a major retro revival.

Get the look:

● Items photographed are from the Penneys' 'Road to Morocco' collection and include wicker baskets from €9, hurricane lanterns, €9, decorative bottles of sand, €1.50, cushions from €4.50 and pretty tea light holders from €4.50, all Penneys

Sail Away with Me

The 1970s was an era when there was a move away from consumerism which meant design-wise there was an exciting blend of 1960s hippie crossover, beatnik and boho chic.

Get the look:


● Selection of curtain linens and cushions from €32-€62 at Urbanara, with wool & silk blanket, €112 and stoneware from €43, all For similar try

Get Tribal

After so many years of minimalism in interiors, colour and pattern is creeping back into our houses in a big way now, starting from the floor up. Those of you looking for an instant bohemian aesthetic will know all about the vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain rugs that everyone is coveting, and which you can find - at a price - on eBay and through antique dealers.

Get the look:


● This original 1970s Beni Ouarain rug is approx €5,000 from For similar try Marks & Spencer and H&M homewares online at

Shutter Island

The minimalist Scandi look gets a 1970s update with palm leaves, pineapples and rattan all weaving their way into the coolest interiors now.

Get the look:


● Glass jars from €46; Vase, €69; hurricane lantern, €70 and round bamboo table, €195 all

Back to Nature

Think earthy hues and simple and utilitarian forms, the 1970s saw a renewed interest in all crafts, in particular pottery.

Get the look:


● Dolomite mugs, €27 each, Leach Pottery at For similar see the work of modern Irish potters Adam Frew, and Arran Street East at

Folk Me

Original 1970s interiors were renowned for their love of the houseplant and we've all gone crazy again for suspending spider plants, yuccas and indoor succulents in our homes. These macrame hanging planters are particularly special. In fact, if you want to really get on board with the era of craft and The Good Life, you really should be making these yourself.

Get the look:


● Macrame plant hangers from €59, Graham and Green, and find similar at

Sleek and stylish

Colours such as oranges and earthy browns were big in the 1970s - think firey Le Creuset cookware and brown bathrooms and pine kitchens - as was mid-century furniture to which artsy homeowners added their new spin with butter-soft leather seats and slick wooden frames.

Get the look:


● This Sling Back Chair is €439 from French Connection Home. Accessorise with carpet runner, €94, blue floral rug, €94, nest of tables, €270 and pendant light, €100 - all French Connection Home, french

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