They say an Englishman’s home is his castle, but our ideas about how to embellish our beloved abodes change in excess of the a long time.
An interiors journal a short while ago printed a listing of the worst layout trends — with Seventies waterbeds, avocado bathroom suites and furry bathroom seat handles among the naffest mod disadvantages. So, must these relics be expunged from British residences only because inside designers say so? SAMANTHA BRICK spoke to 5 women of all ages very pleased to be in bad taste . . .
Stuffed stag’s head in the hall
Marjorie Frew, 51, life in Chiswick, West London, with her husband and their daughter Olivia, 15. Marjorie performs for a storage business. She suggests:
I was disappointed to understand that taxidermy had built it on to the inside designers’ ‘most hated’ listing. We absolutely really like it, and have no intention of bowing to present day preferences.
We have a stag’s head in our front hall. My partner is Scottish and had normally hankered right after one particular. I fobbed him off for yrs, reminding him we are not proprietors of a Scottish estate.
But then, 9 years ago, we went to dwell in the U.S. for 3 several years. Just one afternoon, following a day out skiing in Vermont, he spotted an antiques shop that was comprehensive of stag heads.
Marjorie Frew, 51, lives in Chiswick, West London, with her partner and their daughter Olivia, 15
I located it unhappy and grisly at initially, but when the shop proprietor described they were animals that had been responsibly culled to maintain the local inhabitants, I could see the perception in that.
And they did glimpse majestic, spectacular and attractive. A actual throwback to a bygone age. All of a sudden, I started to see the charm, way too.
We paid $200 for a stag’s head, and christened him George. He is pale brown with a sweet white tuft below his chin. He has a few details on each and every antler, soulful eyes and a sweet smile.
When we moved back again to the United kingdom, he came with us — at great cost. He has a place of honour in our home in London.
We have a double-peak hallway, luckily, since he is pretty huge.
Fairly only, George is section of the family. Most folks who come to the dwelling like him. When we have events at Christmas, it tickles anyone that he is dressed up with a purple nose and Santa hat.
The occasion of the 12 months for George, even though, is Burns Night time, when he sports a set of fairy lights in his antlers.
You simply cannot walk past him with out smiling.
If inside designers glimpse down on a little something as harmless as George, then they will need to get a lifetime — and a stag’s head of their very own!
Fluffy loo seat go over (and mat)
Camilla Robertson, 35, will work in theatre advertising and marketing, is single and lives in Brighton. She claims: ‘My gran usually had a fluffy bathroom seat address with a matching mat when I was escalating up. Her set was bright inexperienced and contrasted completely with the beige lavatory suite. That’s why it just appeared normal to me to have a person, as well.
‘The types I at this time use have an Historical Greek theme, and the bathroom seat cover is cozy to sit on. It is much warmer and additional realistic than a plastic or picket deal with.
‘Like most females I like to pamper myself after I have experienced a bathtub. I generally sit on the loo seat when implementing moisturiser to my legs. As for the fluffy bathroom mat, I have lino flooring and my ft would be cold in the center of the night time if I didn’t have nearly anything there to warm my toes.
Camilla Robertson, 35, has a fluffy bathroom seat go over with a matching mat
‘For me the rest room is someplace to take it easy. I really do not like chilly, hard surfaces.
‘Admittedly they are not uncomplicated to discover on the Superior Street presently — I have to go looking for mine on line.
‘When good friends occur close to they generally remark. It’s not a thing you see in residences currently.
‘The regular snipe at them is about hygiene. But I’m a thoroughly clean and tidy lady who lives by yourself, and I wash them just about every two weeks, so I cannot see a challenge. If I lived in a house with tons of small boys, my preferences may well modify pretty promptly!
‘I suspect my fluffy loo set will have its moment all over again before long — everyone loves kitsch, and loo sets like mine surely tumble into that classification.’
Avocado bath suite
Vanessa Fairfax-Woods, 37, a senior trader for the food items and beverages sector, life in Shrewsbury. She states: ‘While avocados may be the trendiest food items, I respect the very same cannot be mentioned for my lavatory. This colour suite is usually the to start with issue housebuyers rip out when they move in. But I unashamedly enjoy mine.
‘As soon as I viewed my three-bedroom semi-detached household five several years in the past, and observed the lavatory, I understood I experienced to live right here. It’s an Artwork Deco first, with a massive bathtub and a servant bell upcoming to it — unfortunately that no extended performs.
Vanessa Fairfax-Woods, 37, enjoys her Art Deco initial style and design rest room
‘The walls are lined, flooring to ceiling, with avocado tiles and there is a matching sink.
‘I’m somebody who does not do showers — for me, a bathtub is the greatest form of leisure, and I invest a ton of time in my rest room. After a demanding working day, I like to jump straight into my avocado tub for 30 minutes. I’ll commonly gentle a scented candle and listen to a radio podcast, way too. I’m 5ft 6in and can extend out without needing to bend my knees!
‘Guests’ reaction is fairly ‘Marmite’ — they both enjoy it or loathe it. Men and women shouldn’t be worried to follow their intuition and instinct when it arrives to how they want to design their properties. What is hated nowadays will be loved all over again tomorrow.’
The household with 4 waterbeds
Retired businesswoman Caryl Tandy, 65, and spouse Julian have four children and live in Llanelli, Wales. Caryl claims: ‘I have 4 waterbeds at residence — a person for each bedroom. Really basically they give you the most effective night’s sleep of your everyday living.
‘Contrary to well-liked opinion, sleeping on one is not like getting on a boat — nor is it a cheesy Del Boy-model seduction software.
Retired businesswoman Caryl Tandy, 65, has a waterbed for each individual bed room in the home
‘Modern waterbeds, which expense about £1,500, can enable with arthritis and muscular complications, keep you heat in wintertime and awesome in summer season. I would also argue that they are very good for your marriage — they are break up into two individual drinking water compartments so you really don’t disturb just about every other when you go all around all through the night.
‘When we have company, the waterbed is often a speaking position. Some discover it hilarious, but following experiencing a brilliant night’s slumber, they are commonly converts.’
Chintz and floral wallpaper
Sally Grant, 63, a communications expert, is married to John, 77, a retired businessman. They reside in Warwickshire and have two grown-up young children. Sally suggests: ‘Apparently, the decor in my attractive household is aged-fashioned. My reaction is to be utterly unrepentant about my adore for floral upholstery and matching William Morris wallpaper.
‘Our house is all dazzling colors, and I adore it that way. You can never have adequate chintz. I really do not like my home furniture to fade into the track record, either. Our corridor has a piano, palms, a Victorian desk, a gilt mirror and oil paintings.
‘The wallpaper is pale yellow with a diamond sample in pink, terracotta and gold. Visitors made use of to ‘good-taste beige’ get a action again when they stroll in.
‘I like to imagine that my tastes are pre-Raphaelite, though some folks have said it feels like stepping into the Dwelling of Commons. 1 pal phone calls me ‘The Lady Flavor Forgot!’
‘Chintz will come back again into trend one working day — I’m just in advance of the curve!
Sally Grant, 63, reported that you ‘can in no way have ample chintz’ and does not like her furnishings to mix into the track record