After decades of bland minimalism, people are embellishing their dwellings to the max. Is it a have responded to our perturbed eras or individual expressionism?
Outside, Tania James’s home looks somewhat median, a flat in a Victorian alteration on a north London street strung with trees and rapidity humps. Inside, it’s a rampage of colour.
Neon pink, amber and orange zap in the different regions of the walls, while dozens of 60 s and 70 s tea trays position the stairs, each a different decoration. In the living room are light-green and pink sofas with leopard-print cushions. A pink plastic light-up monkey and a plaything plastic pony sit on a shelf alongside a big yellow plastic bird she found in a benevolence patronize.” I was like, oh my God, PS4- that’ll go with the bird !” she says. On another shelf sits her brightly emblazoned glass-bottle collect, which she has been adding to for the past 20 times-” it’s a one-in, one-out policy now “. There is a fireplace coated highlighter yellowed, pink and violet, with a baby-sized blue plastic produce standing to scrutiny 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 understands that the dwelling she shares with her family is “Marmite”- someone formerly informed her:” It’s like 10 beakers of coffee with a migraine .” But she adoration it.” I act from home and I literally need it ,” she says. And while it may sound tumultuous, on a sunny Monday morning it feels astonishingly serene.
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