What makes a house a home? I admit I’ve struggled to make my house really feel like mine (I say mine loosely as it’s rented so by ‘mine’ I mean feel as mine as possible!) on a tight budget. Because I really think it’s the little details that make it and it’s normally those little things that are neglected on a small budget in favour of more ‘essential’ items. I admit, lots of the things around our home are still things we inherited for free or bought because they were cheap (ie second hand furniture that isn’t our taste or Ikea stuff that ‘will do’). But it’s the trinkets, artwork, photos and personal bits that make my house feel like my home.
I definitely haven’t got my whole house to feel like home – it’s a work in progress – but I’m almost happy with the living room so I thought I’d focus on that for this blog post.
I love the fireplace area because I suppose it’s the statement wall. It’s what the sofa faces so it’s the wall we see most of the time. The main image is a print by Roy Lichtenstein. I got this from the Lichtenstein exhibition at the Tate last year and loved it – I couldn’t leave without bring home something with me. I love the style of his work and this seemed to match some of Rob’s tastes too. Above it you’ll see a pair of 3D glasses and a Hilly Valley town fair flag, both mementos from the recent Back to the Future Secret Cinema…
The prints sitting on the mantelpiece are yet to have frames to hold them but were birthday presents from Rob a year or so ago. I’d been talking about wanting to buy some B movie horror posters for the walls and these are great.
We’ve also got my favourite framed picture of us which was taken one night when we had a BBQ on Brighton beach with friends. That sits alongside some Day of the Dead Mexican-style candles and a Body Shop oil diffuser which you can smell from the moment you walk in the house.
This is a bit of an abstract photo but shows our differing tastes: I think the paper lampshade is quite kitsch and cutesy. It reminds me of having a white paper lampshade in my bedroom when I was younger but has a pretty floral twist – and I love the colours. The canvas print I bought from a local coffee shop (The Marwood) for Rob one Christmas or birthday. It’s by a street artist called Leeks.
The sofa – I have mixed feelings about. Rob loves it and would never get rid of it. I do think it’s comfortable to an extent (although you need to be quite tall or else it’s too long and your legs don’t properly touch the ground). It’s deteriorated since we bought it from an antique shop a few years back. It’s a 1960s Swedish sofa so probably has a great history. But it’s got a little worn and so we now have patched it up – which also means it needs a throw blanket which I hate as it means re-making it several times a day! But it certainly has character.
To the side of the sofa is one of my favourite pieces – a letterpress tray. I think it appeals to my love of things with little compartments.
I’ve also got a huge floor cushion for times when we have extra guests to seat. The cushion used to sit in my bedroom in halls at uni 11 years ago! The plant I’ve also had for the same length of time – it was a present from my friend Kieran when we all went away to uni. It was about a fifth of the size then. Keeping this plant alive is probably one of my proudest achievements. In the magazine rack I’ve got a collection of old magazines (this doesn’t include my collection of Glamour magazines which have their own shelf in a bookcase). This is quite strict of me, a few years back I threw away boxes and boxes of old magazines. I knew even then that I wanted to be a magazine writer so kept them for future reference.
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