After decades of bland minimalism, people are embellishing their residences to the max. Is it a response to our agitated occasions 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 accelerate lumps. Inside, it’s a rioting of colour.
Neon pink, gold and orange zap across the walls, while dozens of 60 s and 70 s tea trays strand the stairs, each a different pattern. In the front room are green and pink sofas with leopard-print cushions. A pink plastic light-up monkey and a toy plastic pony sit on a shelf alongside a big yellowish plastic chick she found in a donation browse.” I was like, oh my God, PS4- that’ll go with the monkey !” she says. On another shelf sits her brightly emblazoned glass-bottle collect, which she has been adding to for the past 20 years-” it’s a one-in, one-out plan now “. There is a fireplace covered highlighter yellow-bellied, pink and purple, with a baby-sized off-color plastic make standing to notice in the grate. In the bay window, a jungle of live flowers 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 dwelling she shares with her family is “Marmite”- person once told her:” It’s like 10 goblets of coffee with a migraine .” But she enjoys it.” I labour from dwelling and I literally need it ,” she says. And while it may sound tumultuous, on a sunny Monday morning it feels surprisingly serene.
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