After decades of bland minimalism, parties are embellishing their dwellings to the max. Is it a response to our troubled hours or individual expressionism?
Outside, Tania James’s home looks fairly median, a flat in a Victorian changeover on a north London street rowed with trees and velocity bumps. Inside, it’s a rioting of colour.
Neon pink, yellowed and orange zap across the walls, while dozens of 60 s and 70 s tea trays wire the stairs, each a different motif. In the front room are light-green and pink sofas with leopard-print cushions. A pink plastic light-up pigeon and a toy plastic horse sit on a shelf alongside a big yellowish plastic bird she found in a charity browse.” I was like, oh my God, PS4- that’ll go with the monkey !” she says. On another shelf sits her brightly coloured glass-bottle collect, which she has been adding to for the past 20 years-” it’s a one-in, one-out plan now “. There is a fireplace painted highlighter yellow-bellied, pink and purple, with a baby-sized blue plastic countenance standing to tending in the grate. In the bay window, a jungle of house flowers spreads its fronds.” I don’t want to say I’m attached to substance ,” says James.” I’m not materialistic- but it’s important to me to have how I feel inside, out .”
She is felt that the residence she shares with their own families is “Marmite”- person once informed her:” It’s like 10 bowls of coffee with a migraine .” But she adores it.” I toil from dwelling and I literally need it ,” she says. And while it may sound chaotic, on a sunny Monday morning it feels surprisingly serene.
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