A Canadian couple has recreated the iconic cartoon kitchen from the The Simpsons in their own home, copying every aspect of the much-loved TV family’s own space, from the blue and yellow tiled floor to the corn-on-the-cob curtains.
Marcia Andreychuk and her boyfriend Joel Hamilton, who are both from Calgary, explained to CBC that, upon deciding to renovate their home, they couldn’t resist paying tribute to their favourite show. ‘My significant other and I wanted to do a retro-vation,’ Marcia explained.
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Simpson’s world: Marcia Andreychuk and Joel Hamilton have turned their kitchen into a look-a-like of the TV show The Simpson’s kitchen in Calgary, Alberta
The inspiration: The two have been slowly transforming the kitchen in their home into a replica of the one inhabited by Marge and Homer Simpson
Slow transformation: Renovations began on what has become a labor of love for the couple. They started at the beginning of the year and the room remains a work in progress
‘We wanted to keep the old, make it new — and one day we had this bizarre, bizarre idea. Why don’t we just take what we already have and turn it into The Simpsons’ kitchen?’
Fortunately for the couple, their kitchen was already a similar layout to Marge’s, so all they had to do was match the patterns and colors.
One of the major obstacles however – perhaps unsurprisingly – was that the distinctive corn-themed, curtains are not available in any home-furnishing store, so Marcia made those herself.
The couple then went out to purchase items like utensil holders and cooking tools to match the ones seen on the series. They’re now on the lookout for ‘retro-inspired’ avocado-green appliances.
And if the pair get sick of the design, they can easily switch things back to the way they were.
Tasteful: It’s not a renovation. It’s a retrovation,’ says Marcia. ‘I don’t like those gutted, new, modular, everybody-has-them kitchens. I like the colour. I love the style. It just delights us.’
Destructive: Homer causes mayhem in the Simpsons’ blue and yellow tiled kitchen
Corny: Marcia managed to find a perfect match for the corncob curtains above the kitchen sink and designed them herself
The appliances, cupboards, and counters are simply covered with contact paper and they added bright blue doorknobs to the cupboards.
However, the couple say they are such fans of the bright and bold space that they’re unlikely to switch the orange, purple, and and green color scheme for anything more pedestrian.
And it’s not just the kitchen that the couple love – they are equally obsessed with the show that inspired the entire project.
Joel claims to have watched every single episode of the show since it began in 1989, on more than one occasion.
‘Every winter I watch every single episode that’s been released,’ he said.
‘The Simpsons for me is actually a baby blanket. If I’m not feeling very well, if I’m depressed, if I have a bad day — I come home and pop The Simpsons on and I’m 10-years-old [again] and everything is alright.’
Like for like: So far the cupboards are a match along with the oversized, cartoonish cabinets and doorknobs
Missing parts: The couple are still hopeing that they’ll be able to afford avocado-colored appliances, which are expensive, and an orange slimline telephone
Before and after: Contact paper, which is similar to shelf liner, was used to provide the correct color for the kitchen countertops, cabinets, fridge and stove.
The quirky couple aren’t the first people to decorate their home in a Simpsons-esque style, in fact the practice has been going on for years.
A replica of the Springfield fictional house was built in Henderson, Nevada, to be raffled off as part of a promotion in the late 1990s.
Bizarrely, the winner chose to receive a cash prize of $75,000 instead, and the home was stripped of its Simpsons likeness and sold to someone else.
However, the four-bedroom, 2,200-square-foot house featured all the iconic details of Marge and Homer’s fictional home, from its yellow walls to its brightly-colored interiors.
Replica: A four-bedroom, 2,200-square-foot home built in Henderson, Nevada, featured all the iconic details of the Simpsons’ fictional home, from its yellow walls to its brightly-colored interiors
Mirror image: A building team pored over more than 100 episodes of the show to get every facet of the house right before unveiling it in August 1997, and raffling it off as a promotion
According to Curbed, a building team pored over more than 100 episodes of the show to get every facet of the house right before unveiling it in August 1997.
The house was built by Kaufman and Broad Home Construction – costing the company $120,000 and took 49 days of labor. It was then raffled off as part of a promotion by Fox and Pepsi.
A grey driveway leads up to the attached garage, and a concrete pathway winds from the driveway to the orange front door.
Even the shrubbery outside looks the same as it does in the cartoon version.
Colorful: In the blue and yellow tiled kitchen, pots and pans in primary colors line the blue counter, and baby Maggie’s high chair sits in a corner
Inconsistent: While the replica is as accurate as it can be, the architects were faced with the challenge of t’he constantly changing nature of the onscreen house’
A look inside reveals colorfully decorated rooms, including a living room with the fictional family’s iconic red couch featured in the opening credits of each episode.
A painting of a sailboat hangs on the wall at a slant, and the walls are painted a bold pink.
In the blue and yellow tiled kitchen, pots and pans in primary colors line the blue counter, and baby Maggie’s high chair sits in a corner.
Even the stairwell is an exact copy of the Simpsons’ home, fictionally located at 742 Evergreen Terrace.
While the home is as accurate as it can be, the architects were faced with the challenge of t’he constantly changing nature of the onscreen house,’ according to Through An Architect’s Eye.
New life: In 2001, it was sold to another owner with none of its original Simpsons likeness intact. In the show, Homer drives his pink vehicle up a grey driveway leading to the attached garage
Details: In the replica, bright red and blue steps lead up to the second floor, and portraits of the family members line the wall along the staircase
‘For instance, the bay window has changed shape through the years,’ it reads.
Still, the colorful decor and bold design could only belong to a house in a cartoon.
Bright red and blue steps lead up to the second floor, and portraits of the family members line the wall diagonally.
According to Curbed, the building team used 1,500 Simpsons-themed styling props to decorate the house, including Duff Beer cans and some of Maggie’s baby bottles.
Short-lived: Barbara Howard from Richmond, Kentucky, won the raffle. Instead of occupying the replica, however, she chose to accept a cash prize of $75,000 and the home was consequently stripped
Place to relax: A look inside reveals colorfully decorated rooms, including a living room with the fictional family’s iconic red couch and lopsided picture on the wall
Originally posted 2016-03-24 19:36:36.