The British obsession with owning property (a house, and a *family* home) is well known but there are some really innovative discussions out there right now about what home might look like.
How_I_rent is an account started by @grillodesigns (author of a book of the same name), who rents herself to show how even rented accommodation can be made personal and individual. Peelable wallpaper, tips for no-nails gallery walls, plants, throws: it’s so refreshing and it’s actively addressing the stigma around renting.
If this had been set up a few years ago it would have been glossy influencers talking about their starter flat before buying properly; in a few years this might be a trend exploited by companies to get millennials “used to” the idea that they’ll never own in the way their parents did. But as it is, it’s joyful, authentic and full of gorgeous places.
Equally fun is this great series called “Single Women and their Spaces”, a somewhat misleading title in that it covers single or divorced mothers as well as single and happy about it women and travellers, but it’s also nice to see interviews with women about something other than how they chose paint colours for the childrens’ rooms and who cooks most in the kitchen. Here are a couple of taster articles from Tennessee or Lisbon.
Photos of Charlotte Jacklin, Heartzeena and Emma Jane Palin’s flats (two of EJP’s bathroom – proof that paint can make a huge difference.)