Monday, 11 October 2010

My lounge room

Yesterday I inserted this photo of my lounge room in an attempt to portray me resting in a time of restlessness, the Sunday Sentence theme. Then I realised how funny it must look to those with a savvy sense of style in interior decor.

For those who don't know, I live a very bohemian existence. We reside in what were once offices above a factory. My brother lived here several years ago and converted it into a living space. After he vacated, it was used to store all my grandparents belongings when they were relocated to an aged care facility.

Because Patrick and I are transient, we've never taken our abode too seriously. There are many tongue-in-cheek touches to amuse ourselves and bemuse our guests. The space is now a combination of old, new and completely bizarre. It is extremely kitsch, makes me giggle and I love it.

Since all my grandparent's have now passed, I feel comforted by being surrounded by their stuff. Just like smells take you back to your childhood, so too does an old photo or piece of fabric. Our place is by no means minimalist and chic, but it has soul - and a fabulous sense of humour.

Until tomorrow, never be too chic and loose your soul.

Grace xx

PS. The photo hanging top left is of my family's hometown in Italy. It was taken around forty years ago by Giuseppe Bonfito, my father's godfather, and is framed in a masterpiece lovingly crafted by my late Nonno. The painting top right is called 'Traffic Jam' by Australian Artist Samantha Lord. We purchased it the night after we returned from travelling 355 days around the world.

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  1. MtbSkillsCoachPat18 October 2010 at 17:43

    Roger that, good pick up
    Bottom left - Rocket lamp used for flying to the local Indian take away, occasionally used for adding a splash of light to the lounge room interior too ;-)

  2. MtbSkillsCoachPat18 October 2010 at 17:44

    Middle left - Porcelain French poodle complete with lifelike white fluff and gammy back left leg [super glued on] in Oval picture frame

  3. Said porcelain poodle was a gift from super soprano Steffi Smitts, who gave it to me when I visited her in Germany three years ago.

  4. Yep, it was our 'engagement photo' that we had all our wedding guests sign on our 'special day'

  5. Notice the special shoes I bought in Germany? Lush!


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