hearth & home

21/03/2009

On buying my first flat at the height of the housing market boom, i ensured an above the odds price was paid for the bricks and mortar and, an ‘at least the figure can only down from here’ percentage on my mortgage payments.
With this less than sparkling deal in place i felt i’d try and at least take control of making the place feel like home. Home previously had always been where the parents resided, however, having a mortgage (hitting maturity) i felt i should try and make this place home, and not just somewhere that feels like home.

Helpful touches to throw at your home:
1. The chair pictured is a mock, well used wing back Chesterfield. Bought from the flea/antique markets of the Brighton Lanes, along with a matching (well almost) 2 seater sofa with invitingly rich red leather, pinned with brass buttons, offering an understated grandeur. Glaring out from the corner of the sitting room under the stairs it gives myself, and other visiting mates, the opportunity to sit back, relax and survey what’s yours. At £200 for the both, IKEA is yet to find a place in my heart.

my chesterfield

my chesterfield.

2. Unpack all your books. Put them all around your house. Like paintings they tell people what you’re like and what you’re into. Think of it as a subtle facebook or twitter. There’s something about having little piles of novels/plays/poems on each step of your staircase that releases creativity into the air.
3. Perhaps most controversial of my pointers is, the proposition of taking the TV out the limelight. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing better than taking on an unwaveringly inert position of laziness on the couch, in your boxers, eating cheesy wotsits and taking in a good film. However, this i suggest should be confined to certain times and appropriate situations. As a guest in other peoples homes it’s a distraction to be presented with a TV, centre stage above the mantle piece. Perhaps it’s the overpowering draw to the screen, or my lack of integral will power, either way it doesn’t feel good in a home.
4. Lastly, purchase yourself a wholesomely round tea pot. I acquired mine as a birthday present. A really good birthday present as it’s something i wouldn’t go out and buy myself and, once you own won there’s no going back. Perhaps from Sunday afternoons spent with the grand parents (you must admire the unnaturally high tea consumption levels the older generation can achieve), tea drinking incites a nostalgic security only ever achieved by family and home.

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