We don’t have much home decorations in our house. No expensive vases or sculptures, save for a few affordable knickknacks like an old wooden figure of a rice god I used to have in my old apartment when I was single, and also my small collection (if you can indeed call “three” a collection 😉 of fertility gods I brought back with me from Africa. We also have a man and woman figurine a close friend gave us when we got married and about four pinecones I’ve collected over time, each pine-cone has a memory attached to it. Apart from those mentioned what we have instead are books, shelves upon shelves of them – in the living room, landing upstairs, our bedroom, little T’s room and even our kitchen. Thank goodness for Ikea shelves, they are fab! But I’m sure most of you know that already.
We are seriously running out of shelves. That’s one of the main reason why we want to sell our house and move into another one, with an extra room. We need a study where we can just line the whole room with bookshelves and when we’ve filled it up, move to another bigger house. Yeah right, in my dreams.
You can say that books is the glue that binds our marriage (among others of course). We really are a boring couple. When we applied for a small mortgage last year (just when we thought that we managed to sell our house and then the sale fell through, but that’s another story, one I won’t bore you with), the mortgage office asked us about our expenses, how much we spend on stuff like going out, we said we hardly even ate out. When she asked us about what luxuries we indulged in. we were actually at a loss on what to say to her, but after doing some hair-scratching, we both answered, books! Books are our only luxury. She laughed and said that if only all of their customers were like us, you mean boring, I asked.
We’ve been known to spend more than £100 in Waterstones, though we of course, don’t often do that. But you see, there’s three of us. Books for my husband, myself and of course little T and when you hardly go out or eat out, you could say we deserve to treat ourselves right? We are happy that way, it’s all part of celebrating small joys.
What about you?
Do you have any decorations at home?
What kind of stuff do you like to surround yourself with?