After decades of bland minimalism, parties are embellishing their residences to the max. Is it an answer to our troubled seasons or individual expressionism?
Outside, Tania James’s home gazes somewhat median, a flat in a Victorian alteration on a north London street rowed with trees and speed 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 string the stairs, each a different pattern. In the living room are green and pink sofas with leopard-print cushions. A pink plastic light-up pigeon and a plaything plastic horse sit on a shelf alongside a big yellow-bellied plastic bird 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 coloured glass-bottle collect, which she has been adding to for the past 20 times-” it’s a one-in, one-out programme now “. There is a fireplace coated highlighter yellowish, pink and purple, with a baby-sized blue-blooded plastic suffer standing to courtesy in the grate. In the bay window, a jungle of mansion weeds spreads its fronds.” I don’t want to say I’m is connected 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 home she shares with her family is “Marmite”- person formerly told her:” It’s like 10 bowls of coffee with a migraine .” But she affection it.” I work from dwelling 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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