After decades of bland minimalism, people are decorating their residences to the max. Is it a response to our disturbed times or individual expressionism?
Outside, Tania James’s home ogles moderately average, a flat in a Victorian changeover on a north London street rowed with trees and rush bulges. Inside, it’s a riot of colour.
Neon pink, yellowed and orange zap from all the regions of the walls, while dozens of 60 s and 70 s tea trays position the stairs, each a different structure. In the front room are dark-green and pink sofas with leopard-print cushions. A pink plastic light-up bird and a plaything plastic mare sit on a shelf alongside a big yellowed plastic chick she found in a donation shop.” I was like, oh my God, PS4- that’ll go with the pigeon !” she says. On another shelf sits her brightly coloured glass-bottle collecting, which she has been adding to for the past 20 times-” it’s a one-in, one-out programme now “. There is a fireplace covered highlighter yellowed, pink and purple, with a baby-sized off-color plastic bring standing to attention in the grate. In the bay window, a jungle of live bushes spreads its fronds.” I don’t want to say I’m is connected to stuff ,” says James.” I’m not materialistic- but it’s important to me to have how I feel inside, out .”
She understands that the home she shares with their own families is “Marmite”- person formerly informed her:” It’s like 10 bowls of coffee with a migraine .” But she cherishes it.” I operate from residence 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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