‘I live like it’s the 90s – home is a time warp and I use cassette tapes and Nokia phone’

Jack Walters, 23, lives in a 90s time capsule as an ode to his favourite decade – and he doesn’t mind if people think his way of life is weird

Jack Walters lives in a 90s time capsule

A lad who is so obsessed with the 90s that he’s transformed his home into a time warp says people think he’s “mad” for not living in present-day.

Jack Walters, 23, hunts around charity shops for bargains that fit in with his 90s style – donning high waisted Levi jeans and and Sweater Shop jumpers.

Overall, Jack reckons he’s spent £5,000 decking out his house with old Ikea furniture, VHS players, and telephone alarm clocks.

Jack’s love of the 90s comes from his aim of recreating the “cosiness” of his mum and dad’s house from when he was a kid.

For entertainment, Jack favours 90s classic TV like Absolutely Fabulous, Men Behaving Badly and The Vicar of Dibley.








Jack is nostalgic about his favourite decade
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Jack has a bulky old TV and plenty of 90s decor
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If he fancies sticking on some tunes, he’ll play Now That’s What I Call music albums from the decade – on cassette tapes, of course.

As part of his collection, Jack keeps old Ikea catalogues from 1997 and a stash of old Nokia phones, as well as a buly old laptop which uses Windows ’95.

The illustrator, from Bakewell in Derbyshire, said: “I never really enjoyed modern decorating with all the greys. It didn’t have the homey quality, and I wanted to replicate that.

“When we moved into this current house two years ago, it was super bland and white. Not much had changed in the house since 1995 except it’d had a lot of white paint and a laminate floor put in.”





That’s when he started snooping on eBay for 90s-style furniture and accessories. As he’s built up his collection, Jack says friends and family also give him gifts of things from the era that will fit in his themed home.

“The most expensive item I’ve probably brought is my 1980s television in my living room. That was £155. Not that expensive really, but for an old TV, people think I’m mad. A friend told me I probably could have gotten one from the tip,” he said.

Jack admits he has to have a few modern appliances in the house, which he shares with his mum and dad, and partner Matthew, 28.

“[Mum] has a modern television. We also have a modern dishwasher and washing machine, but I’d say that’s about it.”








He uses old phones, which he says have a better signal than his mobile
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He loves his old fashioned home, which brings him comfort
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Thinking others might like to see his nostalgic home and feeling bored during lockdown, Jack shared the interior on his TikTok.

He said: “I had a lot of people saying they remembered a lot of the items in my house, and that they feel the same way about the 90s.

“There was a nice feel to it too, knowing that I’m not a weird person and other people enjoy this stuff too.

“Because I grew up in a small town and I was the quiet gay kid, I always felt a bit like an outsider.”








He lives with his partner Matthew as well as his mm and dad
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Jack’s bulky old laptop runs on Windows ’95
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He added: “In the 1990s, we had enough technology to keep us entertained, but not enough to feel like an overload. Now we have so many different media outlets that it can get a little overwhelming. It’s nice to have an escape from that.

“At a push, I’d say my favourite item is probably my radio-alarm clock-telephone. It’s very mundane, but I always feel a bit glam taking calls from my bedroom.

“I do love my bedroom though, as once you shut the door, you could be anywhere between the years 1990 and 2000.”

Of course, Jack loves iconic 90s girl band the Spice Girls – Geri Halliwell being his favourite member.








He collects old Ikea catalogues
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He’s bought old 90s TVs, which he says are cheaper
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While he loves reminiscing over music and TV from decades past, his partner Matthew loves dated video games.

“He has all the original Nintendo consoles. We overlap in our interests there, so that’s nice,” he said.

Although he loves his retro decor, Jack admits it divides opinion among visitors.

“I usually get one of three reactions from people when they come around and see my house,” he said.

“There’ll be some people who get nostalgic and remember things from my house from living through the 1990s.

“Then you get people like my niece. She’s only young so it’s all new to her and she didn’t believe that my phone or telephone worked. I had to explain to her what a VHS was.








Jack says his house divides opinion among visitors
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“And I get some people who walk in and don’t get it at all. They think I’m mad, and they’ll ask why I’m not enjoying what we have now.”

Jack argues the way he lives is much cheaper and everything in his house “has a story.”

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Whereas he has received funny looks in the past for donning 90s outfits, as old fashion styles have come back around people have become more accepting.

“Nowadays, being different is embraced and celebrated a lot more. I don’t feel like an outsider so much anymore.




“There’s definitely a lot of people online who share my interests. I even met a mate online who has a house that is completely 70s,” he said.

As much as he loves the 90s, Jack acknowledges it would have been tough for him to be a young gay man in the decade.

“Gay men weren’t portrayed in the media at all,” he said, describing himself as someone with “vintage interests, but modern values.”


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