Skip to main content

Day 49: Grand Designs

Do you like a coloured front door? Bright and contrasting with the rest of the property. Glossy enamel, hard and shiny. It seems to me quintessentially English. Ten Downing Street. I believe I was born to be stylistically British. Oh, except like the stylishly stylistic British, not the ones you see on either Snog, Marry, Avoid, or, Embarrassing Bodies. I envisage a meeting between punk and stone Cornwallian cottage. It seems, when you see them, that lots of amazing British homes have this honest opulence about them. As if, unlike more minimalistic design, they display their hearts. B—— read an opinion which stated that much of the interior design we see around is aimed at re-sale—people decorate and live clutterless lives on the premise that they may, at any given moment, have to show their property for sale. We aim for the banality of magazine covers, Pinterest pins or hotel rooms. We manufacture a distance and a non-attachment to 'stuff'. Don't get me wrong. I am not advocating that other television milestone, Hoarders, but bring back a bit of personality I say. Although, it is probably like everything else aesthetic in this modern era: we think ours is the only place filled with memories and pieces and can't-do-withouts. But we harshly judge ourselves in comparison to an imagined 'other' that is filtered through what we see in media. We imagine other people's homes as Vogue spreads, but they more than likely look as chaotic as ours. If that was the case though, why would people get a little (or bigger than little) shock when they come into our lovingly ecclectic home? Personally I find our interior charming, even if a little bit of a dust-nightmare!

Irene               List_Addict

My non-coloured and non-shiny, even non-enamelled, front door is open tonight in the deluded hope of a breeze. On the air is the smell of smoke, and if I were to look north-west I would possibly see the glow of the fires that came so close today. My thoughts for those helping and struggling with those. In another example of establishing distance, the word 'bush' in bush fire always seems to make them feel more removed. It is a rude reminder of reality to have the latest fires jumping through what is essentially suburbia and not that mythical other-place, the 'bush'. Hopefully the change of wind does good in the next few hours rather than bad. Value everthing that you have that is immaterial. It is your only guarantee.

The Outfit
Top: Op-shopped
Singlet: Traget
Denim Shorts: Target
Shoes: Irregular Choice 'Whoopi' (The thongs/flip-flops are there to prove that I don't saunter out to shoots far from home in my ridiculous heels even though I should be practising despite possible permanent leg damage)

Photographer de Jour: B——

Who wore it better? Getting linky today with:
Thrifters Anonymous

Join us! Click the Spotlight



  1. Yes, I adore a bright, enameled front door - it offers so much promise. Also admiring your lovely knit top for a warm day, and those killer shoes! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday : >

  2. Love those shoes!!! that top is super sexy! Thanks for sharing and linkin up to Thrifters Anonymous!!!


  3. Wow - I love those sandals and the top is super cute!

  4. Oh, great shoes and crochet top. And great legs!
    Hope the fires died down and/or passed by, it sounds terrifying.
    I love a painted front door - ours is a dark turquoise-y shade called, bizarrely, Californication... I thought it was a misprint on the paint chart but no, that's the name. It caused much hilarity at the paint shop.
    Ooh, I wonder if I am stylistically as well as nationally British?! xxx

    1. What a great paint colour name! I would love that job, wouldn't you?

  5. You wore it better! Irene just doesn't seem to have any attitude. Debbie

    1. You own a thrift store? That must be both heaven and incredibly difficult to not keep everything!! Thanks for visiting.

  6. Another Ace Photo effort. Yes indeed love & awareness is all we can take with us when we shed our Mortal Coil not Money or Possessions.


Post a Comment

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love your feedback and comments. I read them all lovingly and try to respond to as many as I can. At the very least I go over and see where you have come from. Love it!

Popular posts from this blog

Day 279: Entertainment and Wishes

I have brain-freeze from a three hours/three hours/ten hours-during-the-day sleeping pattern over the last three days twenty-four hour periods (that ole chestnut, again) and so even though it is not Sunday, I am getting in early and loosening the clenched up brain cells by cheating on topic ideas with Sunday Social. Their link actually goes up tommorrow so be sure to check back and see what everyone else had to say when Sunday eventually does roll around.

Q: What is currently on your wish list?

A: I need nothing. Nothing. So let's talk about want. I want to be able to find some amazing thrifted pieces on my upcoming (eight sleeps) trip to the States. Luck and fate will have a lot to do with it, but I would be very happy to find some, or all, of the following as well: a chambray shirt, a real bomber jacket (just got one that I had different ideas about when I bought it from SheInside—it's really just a fleece jacket), belts, a vintage leather jacket, more tutus, sumptuous f…

Wear 1: Dropped My Shopping.

Day One of three hundred and sixty-five pictures of Irene (left) and I (right) on the internet. We're using it as a way to develop or realise a fashion style, and as a friendly competition as to who wore it better? Like every journey or quest, this year's project will teach me a little, make me think a bit and lend me some laughs and enjoyment. I hope also to slowly make sure everything in my clothes closet and my shoe closet is utilised: even perhaps the bags and boxes of outrageous, or not, op-shopped (thrifted) items secreted in cupboards and under beds. Other hopes: fewer words (believe it or not), more pictures and time to catch up on unfinished blogs from the last three years!

I had my outfit planned, but as I dressed this morning for work, I, well, chickened out. I lost the cape and replaced it with a black cardigan. I thought my work colleagues would think I looked strange and slightly overdressed. Lesson One: I am not brave in person (posting a silly picture on the in…

Day 348: My Favourite Colour

Who: Melanie at Bag and Beret

What: The Travelling Yellow Skirt Freak Show

When: A while ago (have I told you trying to buy a house keeps getting in my way!)

Where: At, around and in the vicinity of ACCA

Why: Do you even have to ask?

Who Else: B—— for the photos, Melbourne Bike Share for the props (although I did pay for that, and we spent so long riding around getting moving pictures that they charged me again so I am not really sure why I am telling you about them: this isn't a plug, except that they are quite cool!)

What the ?: Sunshine incarnate in the form of a yellow skirt travels the world searching for women, bold and beautiful, who make it their own for a day, or a week and share their own take on its joyous light with everyone out there who thinks that being an exceptional individual with the daring and bravado to walk your own way, strut your own stuff and be your own you is a good thing! That's my take on it, but you can read the full story on the link to the skir…