Arizona Woman Spends $50,000 Turning Fixer Upper into ’50s Time Capsule

by Anna Dunn

One Arizona Woman spent 50,000 dollars to turn a fixer-upper into a 50’s time capsule full of antiques.

The woman, Rochelle Anvik, posted about the home on her Instagram page. Here’s an example of one of the rooms, which was the last they fixed up in the house.

“This was the last room we completed in the house because I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with it. And then something sparked in me and my idol Walt Disney came to mind. I created this room as if Disneyland is behind that door and Walt comes into this room to think of new ideas on how to keep Disneyland imaginative for the rest of time to come,” she wrote.

Another room in the house even has a 50’s TV.

50s Time Capsule Home: Rochelle Anvik, From Phoenix Arizona, Loves Antiques

Anvik, a former ballet dance, bought the home with her husband in 2018. The home is just as vintage as everything inside it. The 1957 build suburban home was a big fixer-upper, but she poured a ton of love into the project.

While most would want to modernize their home, Rochelle and her husband Matt instead stripped the home of a lot of its modern elements in the re-model. The two had already collected antiques for years and filled the home with a ton of authentic pieces.

“A lot of the items are really rare. I have a sit-in sauna in my living room and Elvis is the only person who had the exact same one. It’s definitely a conversational piece. People are always asking what it is, some people think it came off a rollercoaster,” Anvik told The Daily Mail.

They also didn’t stop at the interior. They also made the exterior of the home look retro and coupled it with their baby blue 1955 Dodge Royal Lancer car. Rochelle has actually made a business of the home as well, renting it out for TV and film productions.

The Arizona woman is most inspired by space race related visuals and the bright colors of the era.

“It’s really cool seeing what they thought the future would look like, compared to what we now think the future will look like. It’s very different,” she explained. “Everything in the 1950s was so colorful. I love 1950s fashion too. The cut of women’s dresses was so classy and elegant. In that era, you always dressed up and I love that.”

While Anvik is sticking to the 50s theme of her own home, she’s looking to buy more properties and outfit them for different eras like the 60s and 70s. Hopefully, she’ll be able to live out that artistic dream.