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."

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
7 months ago

beautiful! i thinks it's amazing when babickas garden instead of spying :) believe i saw something similar near my old house in homeland

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Laiptinių puošimo grupė Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

A cat always makes a decor so much nicer!

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#3

Laiptinių puošimo grupė Report

Judy Dunlevy
Community Member
7 months ago

Don't trip

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#4

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averageperson
Community Member
7 months ago

Is that a mural or is it really there?

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#5

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
7 months 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
7 months ago

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

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#7

Sandra Kasperūnaitė Report

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
7 months ago

this looks familiar, Pilaite?

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#8

Mantas Zakas Report

Cori
Community Member
7 months ago

Why the earmuffs though?

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#9

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

The cat is my favourite part of the decor.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months 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!

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Darija Zakarauskaite‎ Report

Fran Stateler
Community Member
7 months ago

Al it needs is a comfy chair.

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#12

Ieva Nakvišėlė‎ Report

Up All Night
Community Member
7 months ago

My fav, it's cute

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#13

Giedrius Poska‎ Report

averageperson
Community Member
7 months ago

This was what the walls of my nursery looked like.

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#14

Roberta Bičiūnaitė Report

Up All Night
Community Member
7 months ago

I assume it's even more fancy on the inside

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#15

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What's In Your Head?
Community Member
7 months ago

I like this one! :-)

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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

averageperson
Community Member
7 months ago

These black swans make the weirdest noises.

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#17

Liudvikas Rukšėnas‎ Report

averageperson
Community Member
7 months ago

VERY unexpected.

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#18

"Please look after my flower until February 7"

"Please look after my flower until February 7"

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Amy Grant
Community Member
7 months ago

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

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#19

Laiptinių puošimo grupė Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months 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
7 months 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

Fran Stateler
Community Member
7 months ago

Nice...another gallery.

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#22

Laiptinių puošimo grupė Report

Fran Stateler
Community Member
7 months ago

Now that spot needs a chair.

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#23

Liepa Gaidauskaitė Report

Cori
Community Member
7 months 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

Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

Knick-knacks are us.

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Gabrielė Dubrovnikaitė‎ Report

averageperson
Community Member
7 months ago

Is it just me, or does that chair look too small?

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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
7 months ago

Welcome to the jungle

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#27

Evelina Kosmonautika Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
7 months 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

Toea Muresan Iulia
Community Member
7 months ago

rustic... :)

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#29

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pandaes
BoredPanda Staff
7 months ago

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

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#30

Laiptinių puošimo grupė Report

Molly Block
Community Member
7 months ago

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

Ruby
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Molly, what appears as junk to you may be precious pieces salvaged over the years and lovingly arranged in a garden corner with pink flowers and a smiling, friendly gnome who proudly welcomes visitors. Tolerance, compassion, and empathy are always welcome qualities when visiting the charming gardens around the world. Many people with limited resources work very hard to make beautiful places where there was an empty corner for others to enjoy.

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Epic King
Community Member
7 months ago

It’s hoarding time

Hilary Mol
Community Member
6 months ago

This is more yard sale than decoration.

Toea Muresan Iulia
Community Member
7 months ago

so sad...

Lily Mae Kitty
Community Member
6 months ago

wtf

Dianna Siever
Community Member
7 months ago

One person collects the junk; the other tries to cover it up or make it look pretty.

Ed Martin
Community Member
6 months ago

Maybe they are having a yard sale!

Maureen Peters
Community Member
6 months ago

Buy one get three free!

Donna Leske
Community Member
6 months ago

Yard sale? Surely it can't last through one hard rain...

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
6 months ago

Yard Sale.

Anna McHugh
Community Member
6 months ago

Yikes.

Jane Dorothy Warner
Community Member
6 months ago

It's pretty, but it's more like a yard sale, though I would take it over emptiness.

Steve Onyx
Community Member
6 months ago

When the HOA fines you for keeping junk in the front yard, just add some flowers, and voilà!, it's art.

ispeak catanese
Community Member
7 months ago

Add 800 overgrown plants, a house engulfed in weeds and bushes and you've got Florida.

Fran Stateler
Community Member
7 months ago

If you have too much stuff don't throw it away. It's better than bare dirt.

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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.