After decades of bland minimalism, people are decorating their residences to the max. Is it a response to our perturbed meters or individual expressionism?
Outside, Tania James’s home appears somewhat median, a flat in a Victorian transition on a north London street strung with trees and speed lumps. Inside, it’s a rampage of colour.
Neon pink, gold and orange zap across the walls, while dozens of 60 s and 70 s tea trays thread the stairs, each a different structure. In the front room are green and pink sofas with leopard-print cushions. A pink plastic light-up bird and a doll plastic horse sit on a shelf alongside a big yellow plastic chick she found in a benevolence browse.” I was like, oh my God, PS4- that’ll go with the pigeon !” she says. On another shelf sits her brightly emblazoned glass-bottle collection, which she has been adding to for the past 20 years-” it’s a one-in, one-out programme now “. There is a fireplace coated highlighter yellow, pink and violet, with a baby-sized off-color plastic tolerate standing to courtesy in the grate. In the bay window, a jungle of mansion floras spreads its fronds.” I don’t want to say I’m attached to stuff ,” 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 her family is “Marmite”- person once told her:” It’s like 10 goblets of coffee with a migraine .” But she cherishes it.” I act from home 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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