After decades of bland minimalism, parties are decorating their homes to the max. Is it a response to our troubled days or individual expressionism?
Outside, Tania James’s home examines fairly median, a flat in a Victorian changeover on a north London street strung with trees and quicken bumps. Inside, it’s a riot of colour.
Neon pink, yellow and orange zap across the walls, while dozens of 60 s and 70 s tea trays front the stairs, each a different pattern. 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-bellied plastic fowl she found in a charity shop.” I was like, oh my God, PS4- that’ll go with the monkey !” she says. On another shelf sits her brightly emblazoned glass-bottle accumulation, which she has been adding to for the past 20 years-” it’s a one-in, one-out policy now “. There is a fireplace covered highlighter yellowed, pink and violet, with a baby-sized blue-blooded plastic stand standing to scrutiny in the grate. In the bay window, a jungle of live weeds spreads its fronds.” I don’t want to say I’m attached to trash ,” says James.” I’m not materialistic- but it’s important to me to have how I feel inside, out .”
She understands that the residence she shares with their own families is “Marmite”- person formerly informed her:” It’s like 10 goblets of coffee with a migraine .” But she cherishes it.” I drive from dwelling and I literally need it ,” she says. And while it may sound chaotic, on a sunny Monday morning it feels astonishingly serene.
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