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6 Homes That Stick to a Theme

By Chiquit Torrente, Houzz

Maybe you're tired of the popular industrial-style and Scandinavian-inspired interiors. Perhaps a new theme is in order. Would you go as far as to commit your interior to being an ode to a period style, to a commercial space or to a pop culture icon, as these residents have?

Design 4 Space Pte Ltd, original photo on Houzz

Design 4 Space Pte Ltd, original photo on Houzz.


1. Hello Kitty in the house. A Hello Kitty pop-up cafe in Irvine, California, opened in July and will be there for a year. There are Hello Kitty wines, cosmetics and many other products.

So it's no surprise that there are homes dedicated to the Sanrio cat, such as this one by Design 4 Space.

From the kitchen to the bedroom and the bathroom, Hello Kitty makes an appearance in this home via small appliances, bed linens, wall decals and more.

Fifth Avenue Interior, original photo on Houzz

Fifth Avenue Interior, original photo on Houzz.


2. Stepping back in time. This flat by Fifth Avenue Interior is decidedly more traditional in its Victorian style. The colors are richer and more somber, and the furniture is ornate.

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Houzz TV, original photo on Houzz

Houzz TV, original photo on Houzz.


3. Tile-conscious. California artists Cheri Pann and Gonzalo Duran first experimented with mosaic tile by adding it to their bathroom while making other repairs. They became so fascinated with mosaic that they've spent more than two decades covering almost every square inch of their home with it - inside and out.

4. Cafe-inspired. This home by Ideal Design Interior showcases a cafe look.

Ideal Design Interior Pte Ltd, original photo on Houzz

Ideal Design Interior Pte Ltd, original photo on Houzz.


In the living and dining area, it's as busy and eclectic as a real cafe might be.

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Kayla Pearson, original photo on Houzz

Kayla Pearson, original photo on Houzz.


5. Mamie Eisenhower meets Mad Men. Soon after John Smagner inherited a collection of midcentury furniture from his grandmother, he began binge-watching the television series Mad Men. He transformed his Chicago row house to reflect the period when his furniture was new.

Rikki Snyder, original photo on Houzz

Rikki Snyder, original photo on Houzz.


6. Candy colors. Jeanie Engelbach describes her house as "Pee-wee Herman opened a pop culture museum in Candy Land." She has amassed an impressive collection of sentimental treasures - lunch boxes, Pez dispensers, bobbleheads - in her one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood.

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"My personal design influence is based on my 9-year-old self: candy, cartoons and late-'70s pop culture," Engelbach says. "I love bright colors and anything that sparkles and shines."

 

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