Then I had an idea. Surely there must be wrapping paper with a funkis-like design. I even found some great stuff on amazon, but you could only buy it as a bonus if you made other purchases, and at the moment I have no urgent needs that amazon can satisfy. I checked Staples, and I checked ebay. Then I gave up and went to a hobby shop. A real-life one. A dangerous place where I tend to spend too much money on items I may possibly need sometimes for something. But I was good and only bought a pad of wonderful craft paper (wrapping paper was no good) and some small stuff.
So I finally started redecorating the rooms. I now had three sheets each of sixteen different patterns, and guess how long it took me to decide? I put the sheets into the rooms only to state that it didn't work, that the pattern was too large or too shiny or wrong nuance to match the furniture. Actually, I didn't have any furniture except some loose pieces, and I wasn't even sure which room would be which. So I moved the sheets around and got more and more frustrated. By itself, each pattern was gorgeous. Inside the rooms, I wasn't sure.
I have this bad habit of browsing ebay for job lots, and I bought one recently without any particular project in mind, just because it was good value for money (most of it is actually Louis Marx from the '60s).
And suddenly I saw that this mint green set would fit perfectly in my non-existent kitchen. And it decided the choice of wallpaper. Just to give you an idea of the condition of the room prior to renovation:
It is a deep and narrow room, not easy to wallpaper. Fortunately, the three sheets were just enough. Here is the result:
I need to explain the window. This house only has windows on the front so I decided to add a fake window to create a sense of space. I took the same shape and size as the front windows, printed out an image of a funkis house and made a frame from two layers of white card:
I made a narrow window sill, just to add depth.
The next day I made a lamp out of an empty tape roll.
I am very pleased with this room. I would never ever want to live in it, but that's not the point. It has bright period-correct colours, and I have managed to put it some details that make this room unique. I could even use the old iron cooker that I bought some years ago at Portobello Road in London.
I will add some shelves and utensils, but this ebay bargain really made it work.