The Style Files No. 27let Chris's answers amuse you as much as his home will amaze you
This week we speak to Chris, who lives in Manchester with wife Michelle and 4 year old son. Having relocated from London, Chris splits his time between his Victorian house in the suburbs and Manchester Airbnb central apartment. It’s this little oasis of fun nestled in the heart of the vibrant and trendy district (that’s the Northern Quarter to you and me) that we’re showing off in this weeks house tour. We think you’ll agree that this Mancunian flat is filled with an eclectic, quirky charm that certainly nods to Chris’s background in fine art, film and advertising. So, step on in…
What’s the inspiration behind your home?
Oh gosh, what hasn’t inspired me! Nordic as well as Japanese style has always inspired me… especially the contradictions of the zen calm and the crazy pop exuberance in Japan. Occasionally an eclectic middle ground can be found between this calm and the bat-shit crazy.
What was the design process behind your home?
Trust your gut, no fear, and don’t hold back! It was kind of a ‘perfect storm’ with the apartment not being our primary home, which gave me the leeway creatively and time wise to have fun and not hold back. We also planned to Airbnb the apartment at times, so this also had an influence on the design approach. I turned the volume up and wanted to make something a little more fun and eclectic rather than go for the sober scandi style template. Much time was spent hoarding boards of influence and wish list items, and gradually the filter of time, budget, and aesthetics edited out the errors in waiting. I also measured every nook and cranny, ordering items I knew would work proportionally, as well as doing to scale sketches and Photoshop visualisations to make extra sure.
What’s your best advice for creating a home like yours?
Think of it this way; some styles / trends can be like readymade flower arrangements… your decision is kind of made for you, and there will be something more ordinary about it… ordered, nice, possibly too safe. Instead, metaphorically speaking, collect those flowers on long walks, forage in a meadow, go off track, and combine a personal eclectic story. Bring yourself into it and don’t just copy a style or setting as if painting by numbers, your project will just end up missing that bit of character.
“Don’t just copy a style or setting as if painting by numbers. Your project will just end up missing that bit of character”
How would you define your style?
‘Head banging while meditating’-ism. I love and need calm as much as I need to satisfy ‘the hoarder next door’ in me who wants to create endless crazy vitrines and narratives of junk. Detail is key – I love things that you pick up later on and may bring a smile to your face. To me, areas of calm are also always needed, as a home that doesn’t relax you is pretty pointless.
If you’re just as in love with Chris’ home as we are, why don’t you go and stay there? Airbnb link here.
In case you wondered who took the amazing snaps, all credit goes to Chris’s sister in law, Rebecca Lupton. See Rebecca’s website here.
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