Remember when you were in your teens and early twenties and you used to treat yourself to a new thing on payday. Or sometimes on a Friday to wear out on a Saturday night. Perhaps you still do it now. I do. Although there comes a point when you seem to stop buying things for you to wear and start being irresistably drawn to things that your house can wear instead. Emily Murray, of The Pink House, calls it cheating on fashion with furniture which is a great expression. Although that’s in your 30s. Come your forties the relationship may well be more with the furniture anyway. Now in my 50s (I think I have to say that now) I’m swinging back the other way and flirting with the idea of cheating on the furniture with the fashion. It all goes full circle in the end.
Anyway, that’s by way of a (long) introduction to a new series which will run once a month called Five Easy Pieces. Unfortunately as we all get paid different times of the month I can’t guarantee to run it on your payday but you can always hang onto this post until that day rolls round.
The idea is that there will be five things – loosely tied to one of the rooms in the house – kitchen, sitting room, bedroom bathroom and then perhaps home office or playroom, that cost under £100 that you might want to treat yourself to when your bank account has had that little monthly refresh.
I was going to make them under £50 but then the first thing I saw was £53 so that blew that. So you can either create list as the year goes by, or gather some ideas or perhaps just have a little splurge on something that is for the house (completely justifiable) but makes you happy (even more justifiable) because it makes that corner function better or look better or just because.
Because just because is what our parents said to us when we were small and it doesn’t seem to wash with our own 21st century children these days so let’s go back and keep it for ourselves. I bought that just because…..