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By Helen Le Caplain


A woman obsessed with the 1950s who splashed out £20,000 transforming her home into a mid-century mecca has put the house on the market for £415,000.

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Emma Edwards, who works under the alter ego Miss Bamboo, painstakingly recreated an authentic vintage-looking 1950s Tiki-inspired home with her partner Nigel Preston, 59, in Greater Manchester over the last five years.

But the pair are now leaving their Polynesian paradise, described as ‘like stepping into a Gene Kelly film’ by estate agent Purple Bricks, as they are looking to upsize.

The stunning semi-detached house in Chorlton, Greater Manchester, boasts three bedrooms, an open living room/dining room, kitchen diner and a sun room.

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The extended property is full of character and charm including original 1930s stained glass encapsulated in the double glazing and original picture rails.

Emma, 48, said: “I love the flamboyance of the era and the way it’s both glamorous but with kitsch and quirky touches.”

She designed the interior sourcing authentic tropical printed barkcloth from Hawaii for the upholstery and hunting down original fittings such as the 1950s fibreglass wall lights.

One special feature is the pink bathtub remolded from the original tub with a matching cream and pink vanity sink.

Emma said: “It was an incredible transformation from a complete wreck to a mid-century tropical delight – we couldn’t have been more thrilled with the results.”

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Emma has forked out £400 on vintage Hawaiian tropical deadstock wallpaper, spent between £100 and £200 on each of the five bamboo bars they own and over the years has spent £20,000 on different items and shipping from America.

Emma revealed that although her partner’s tastes were more modern she convinced him to let her decorate some of the living space and introduce some tropical influences when she moved in five years ago.

She said: “I moved in but never felt 100% happy – surroundings are really important to me.

“My bamboo cocktail bar was in the conservatory and it was a bit cold out there and wanted to move it into the lounge.

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“Nigel doesn’t have a natural eye for style in the same way I do, he was worried about how it would turn out.

“I decided to do a little Tiki cocktail corner and he absolutely loved it. After that he was like ‘let’s go for it’!”

From these baby bamboo steps Emma threw herself into transforming the house into a home that Elvis himself would have been proud of.

She said: “Sometimes I see amazing lamps and have to remind myself I already have so many!

“I’m addicted to buying sets of glassware and knickknacks to decorate the bar area.

“We use them a lot and are really into the whole 50s Tiki cocktail scene and love entertaining with friends.”

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Purplebricks Local Property Expert in Manchester, Gareth Yates, said: “Stepping into this property is like pressing play on a Gene Kelly film and stepping back in time to the 50s.

“It has an amazing blend of style and functionality, with an eye for detail, and the kitchen really is a show stopper.

“It would be rude not to mention the two lovely homeowners who have clearly put their heart and soul into this American dream home.”