What do you do when life presents you with a time machine? You jump into it, of course! Especially if that time machine is only four doors down the street. Dear readers, hitch up your bell bottoms, because you are about to enter the 1970s!
I know, right? It’s totally rad! And where is this magical portal to hippie land? It is the basement of Jeff’s grandparents’ home.
If you thought that was cool, check out the pool table and the sweet band setup!
Jeff’s grandpa, Bruce, played a key role in designing their home. This basement really has it all! Everyone loves taking a whack at the drum set.
I mean, it just doesn’t stop! Everywhere you look, there is more vintage awesomeness.
Of course, I am partial to this view.
So, a 1970s photo shoot had to happen, down here. I’ve been scheming about it for years. Thanks to Jeff’s Aunt Lynne (photographer) and the combined vintage collections of my mother-in-law Karen, and my own, we finally pulled it off! Jeff’s grandparents also deserve a huge “Thank you!” for letting us invade their home. We took our first photo upstairs. As usual, Oliver and Annika were not in the mood for pictures. However, I told myself that it was okay if we looked a little unpolished. It just adds to the air of authenticity…Right? Speaking of authenticity, I also edited these photos to give them a vintage look.
Basement time! These shots look spontaneous, but we were doing whatever it took just to keep all the little people in the frame!
This is definitely when I began to sweat through my polyester…
“Okay, you guys. You can play pool, but please don’t hit anyone in the head with the cue sticks!”
Oh, you know. Just hangin’ out at the piano and havin’ some good, ol’ fashioned family fun.
Oh my goodness, it might look easy, but it is so hard to do this with little kids! I love how these photos turned out, though.
Chillin’ by the fireplace.
Oliver was totally done at this point. (Check out that pout lip!)
What self-respecting ’70s entertainment center would be complete without a wet bar?
The giant, wood-paneled television deserved a feature. So did my hunky, ’70s husband. (Yes, that is a wig and a false mustache.)
We couldn’t leave the 1970s portal without a little more music…
We closed our photo session with these sweet sisters. I just love all the prairie-inspired details in the clothes from this decade!
Well, that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed your time travel with us! I loved experiencing the past, with our kids, in a beloved family setting. In upcoming posts, I will show you how I put all of these outfits together, including my first foray into wig styling. There will also be behind-the-scene looks at how we got ready. It takes a village to pull this off. Thank you, Karen and Lynne!