Anyone who's ever visited a post-soviet country would've probably noticed some dull and depressing Eastern Bloc apartment buildings. Designed solely for one purpose—to put a roof over the heads of as many residents as possible, as quickly as possible—these buildings are definitely not the greatest example of charming architecture. However, the people who lived behind the iron curtain learned to make the most of what they had, and that included decorating the yards and hallways of these hideous apartment blocks. However, creativity and taste don't always go hand in hand. While we would like to say take a look at these amazing, mesmerizing, wonderful gardens and hallways, all we can actually say is look at these... quirky gardens and hallways. Of course, this doesn't apply to all of them because there's some amazing ideas in this list as well. But mostly... well, we really don't want to get your hopes up. Scroll down below. Upvote. Comment. Roast us. You know, the usual.

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64-year-old Kristina Šeniauskienė has gone viral for her impressive garden in front of the apartment building where she lives. "I work for the compliments," the crafty woman told the local TV station. "Throughout my life, I have never received as many compliments as I do now," she added. Every day, she spends somewhere from 5 to 6 hours working on 60 different plants in the garden.

She started taking care of the garden 11 years ago. "When I'm working outside with the flowers, I don't feel any pain," she said. "But when I come back, lay down in my bed, my body starts to get sore. So I feel better here [outside]. Just like in childhood—I don't want to come back home in the evenings," she added, smiling. "Every year, she comes up with some new compositions," one neighbor told the TV news station. "We come here like it's some kind of museum."

Kristina Šeniauskienė Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

This is a beautiful and well tended urban garden. I would love to meander through it.

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Laiptinių puošimo grupė Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

A cat always makes a decor so much nicer!

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#3

Laiptinių puošimo grupė Report

Up All Night
Community Member
1 month ago

Hey, this is underrated. I like it.

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#4

Ema Matulionytė Report

Night Owl
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like two identical wallpapers side by side

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#5

Goda Stanionytė Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 month ago

they are waiting for a visit from the friendly cat lady

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Created on Christmas Eve back in 2018, the Facebook group Laiptinių puošimo grupė has over 3.5k members now. The group description says that it welcomes everyone who takes care of the decor of hallways and gardens in apartment buildings.

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Bernardas Maršalka Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

I like this painting. It is reminiscent of Georges Braque.

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#7

Sandra Kasperūnaitė Report

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

this looks familiar, Pilaite?

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#8

Mantas Zakas Report

averageperson
Community Member
1 month ago

Some ppl would say the bear is tacky. I think it's adorable.

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#9

Lauksvė Krušaitė‎ Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

The cat is my favourite part of the decor.

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Ieva Gvazdaitytė Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

A singular sunflower stands guard.

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The group Laiptinių puošimo grupė was founded by Giedre Viliulyte, who is still an admin, and her dad, Giedrius Viliulis (yes, they both have the same name and it's adorable!). When it was created, Giedre and her dad shared photos of beautifully decorated hallways among their neighbors. However, after Giedrius deleted his Facebook account, his daughter decided to attract more members to the group—and succeeded!

#11

Darija Zakarauskaite‎ Report

Brenda Boylan
Community Member
1 month ago

This looks like a church basement.

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#12

Ieva Nakvišėlė‎ Report

Fran Stateler
Community Member
1 month ago

Making the best of a dull situation.

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#13

Giedrius Poska‎ Report

averageperson
Community Member
1 month ago

This was what the walls of my nursery looked like.

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#14

Roberta Bičiūnaitė Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Did they use bedposts to decorate the door?

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#15

Elena Krukonytė Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 month ago

the swan looks tyred

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"I founded the group along with my dad, Giedrius, back in 2018 right before Christmas. We were inspired by the Christmas decorations in our 12-story apartment building," the group administrator, Giedre, told Bored Panda.

#16

Haidė Muzičiukaitė Report

Fran Stateler
Community Member
1 month ago

Tire swans must be a thing.

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#17

Liudvikas Rukšėnas‎ Report

averageperson
Community Member
1 month ago

VERY unexpected.

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#18

"Please look after my flower until February 7"

"Please look after my flower until February 7"

Teodoras Lukošiūnas Report

Amy Grant
Community Member
1 month ago

this one is sad :((( It says "Please look after my flower till Feb 7". Neighbours clearly failed :(

Up All Night
Community Member
1 month ago

I heard poinsettias are infamously hard to keep alive.

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Susie
Community Member
1 month ago

To be fair, judging solely on the color of the soil, it looks as if it may have been overwatered rather than underwatered. So, it could be said that they actually cared *too* much.

Mark
Community Member
1 month ago

Poinsettias need a period of darkness to come back again, they are difficult to accommodate which is why people don't bother trying.

Jessica
Community Member
1 month ago

My poinsettia died and came back and it was not red or yellow like I bought it at Walmart. It came back green like a normal plant

Big Blue Cat
Community Member
1 month ago

That's because top part of the plant is kept in darkness to turn it red (or yellow etc.). Red parts are leaves, not petals. If you keep it on a windowsill, it'll eventually turn green.

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 month ago

the artwork is a before picture

Jennifer De Casterle
Community Member
1 month ago

The trick is to only water poinsettias when the soil is really dry.

Anna McHugh
Community Member
1 month ago

What awful neighbours! God, how could you fail with a poinsettia?

TrashPandaru
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh no!

Just another bot
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh dear. Looks like all the neighbours have been watering it

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
1 month ago

I would buy a similar one and repot it. Not to be deceptive but so at least they have a plant to come back to.

shemeowsalot
Community Member
1 month ago

:(

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
1 month ago

Ah, that's just sad.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

On January 8th I will be home and throw it away.

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#19

Laiptinių puošimo grupė Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Do you suppose all these tire swans are an homage to Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake'?

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#20

Aušra Lenkšaitė Report

Up All Night
Community Member
1 month ago

Upvoted for the floating puzzles, whatever they may be

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"While riding the elevator, it was fun to see all the different decorations on each floor. At first, we invited only close friends and neighbors to the group with whom we shared photos of the decor on our floor," Giedre explained.

#21

Laiptinių puošimo grupė Report

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
1 month ago

Bless their hearts, they are doing what they can.

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#22

Laiptinių puošimo grupė Report

suzanne werbiski
Community Member
1 month ago

Actually I really like this eclectic style! it all somehow works together and love the curtains

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#23

Liepa Gaidauskaitė Report

Cori
Community Member
1 month ago

No... no no no no no. That's going to show up in my nightmares tonight.

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#24

Giedrius Poska‎ Report

Pheebs
Community Member
1 month ago

I mean, who DOESN’T want a cannon in their yard.

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#25

Gabrielė Dubrovnikaitė‎ Report

Annie
Community Member
1 month ago

Sweet little area

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"This group would always lift my mood and I wanted to see more posts, especially since the trend of decorating hallways and gardens in front of apartment buildings is big everywhere in Lithuania," the group administrator told Bored Panda. "So, I started brainstorming ideas on how I could attract more Lithuanians to the group."

#26

Laiptinių puošimo grupė Report

Judy Dunlevy
Community Member
1 month ago

Welcome to the jungle

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#27

Evelina Kosmonautika Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 month ago

just like the Louvre, but in the hallway of a block of Soviet era flats

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#28

Laiptinių puošimo grupė Report

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
1 month ago

This is endearing and quaint.

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#29

Laiptinių puošimo grupė Report

pandaes
BoredPanda Staff
1 month ago

I'VE BEEN HERE! IT'S IN NAUJAMIESTIS! XD

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Laiptinių puošimo grupė Report

Molly Block
Community Member
1 month ago

OMG NO. This is just junk strewn about, and that carpet, ugh!

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Note: this post originally had 69 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

"I had been following a Lithuanian blogger named Mahila for a long time, and her sense of humor seemed similar to mine so I messaged her about my group and she shared the link to it on her page," Giedre said. "That's when the group really started to bloom! Members started flooding it with photos of their own hallways, little gardens, and squares from all around the country," she added.