After decades of bland minimalism, parties are decorating their homes to the max. Is it a have responded to our agitated epoches or individual expressionism?
Outside, Tania James’s home lookings somewhat average, a flat in a Victorian alteration on a north London street rowed with trees and quickened lumps. Inside, it’s a rioting of colour.
Neon pink, yellow and orange zap across the walls, while dozens of 60 s and 70 s tea trays string the stairs, each a different blueprint. In the living room are dark-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 yellow plastic bird she found in a benevolence store.” I was like, oh my God, PS4- that’ll go with the pigeon !” she says. On another shelf sits her brightly coloured glass-bottle collection, which she has been adding to for the past 20 times-” it’s a one-in, one-out policy now “. There is a fireplace painted highlighter yellow-bellied, pink and purple, with a baby-sized blue plastic bear standing to attention in the grate. In the bay window, a jungle of house 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 understands that the home she shares with her family is “Marmite”- person once told her:” It’s like 10 goblets of coffee with a migraine .” But she adores it.” I operate from home and I literally needed most ,” she says. And while it may sound chaotic, on a sunny Monday morning it feels astonishingly serene.
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