Saturday, 8 March 2014

Inspiring Women In Their Homes

Maxine Peake – Actress and Campaigner
(2012 TeamRock)

This collection of images has been compiled to celebrate International Women's Day. These women have and continue to inspire me.

Andrea Dunbar – Playwrite
(Don McPhee)

Katherine Beefheart – Artist
(Olivia Howitt)

Shelagh Delaney – Screenwriter
(Via The Independent)

Tracey Emin – Artist
(By the artist: Sometimes I Feel Beautiful – 2000, C-type print)

Patti Smith – Singer-songwriter, Poet and Visual Artist
(Annie Leibovitz)

Delia Derbyshire – Musician and Composer

Debbie Harry – Singer-songwriter of Blondie
(James Hamilton)

Marilyn Monroe – Actress and Model

Mary Quant – Fashion Designer

Friday, 28 February 2014

Luke – East London

Finding the rhythm of a new place is no mean feat, especially if that new place is in a city where the rapid pace of life is more than you’re not use to and the cost of living feels to high. But, there is always a silver lining and if you look further than your nose, you can make something out of nothing. Other people’s junk can be your treasure and it doesn’t take much to make a blank room, a sanctuary. After getting a job with Warp's distribution, Bleep, Luke moved to London six months ago from Stockport in the north of England, and made a home for himself in Dalston, East London. It was a bright (almost Spring) day when I visited Luke – we drank coffee and he played dub on his old stereo that he picked up whilst volunteering at Oxfam. His room felt like it has lots of little stories to tell – all of his things feel like they are meant to be there, rather than purchased to achieve a look – they are part of him, stuff people have given him, stuff he has found, stuff from the pound shop – comfort on a budget. In a big city where most things move too fast to compute, comfort is key.

Luke J Murray


East London, 'Central' Dalston, as it's otherwise known

Day job:
Record buyer for

Dream job:
I am not sure what my dream job would be, ever since I have been in my various roles of employment over the years more than anything I have always strived for a job where I could listen to tunes all day, my pops always says the most important advice he can give me is that I will spend my life working so I should always make sure I do something that makes me happy, as I will have to get up everyday and do it regardless so I may as well do something I enjoy, and now I am hugely fortunate and lucky to say that I am doing that now.

How long have you lived here?
I moved in around mid/late July 2013, summer was starting, the grass was green, the beer warm and the area was trendy. 

Who do you live with? 
Three people, a couple who I rent my room from and another chap who rents the room next to mine.

What does your bedroom mean to you?
It's somewhere to play my records, kip, read books, look out the window at the massive trees opposite and somewhere to stumble back to at the end of everyday and night.

What is your favourite colour?
Purple, and a maybe a bit of orange.

What would you save if your bedroom were on fire?
Probably some of my dub LP's as they were a present with a wealth of history behind them, and maybe some of my plants, maybe the rug also as it is apparently highly flammable, but that would just be to try and stop the fire getting worse, actually fuck it I'd leave the rug, its really bloody small and its demise would force me to buy a decent sized rug.

What makes you sad? 
The knowledge that one day I will die and I won't be able to listen to music anymore*

*(This is a completely honest answer, it may make me sound like an idiot but it's honestly something I sometimes think and it makes me think fuck, but then you know what, fuck it)

What makes you happy?
Music! Records and books. Coffee, alternative comedy, my friends – all the usual stuff.

Music is a big part of your life, but what song do you always find yourself returning to?
My favourite record of all time is Another Green World by Brian Eno, (I am in fact listening to it while I write this) and bands like Joy Division, Felt, The Fall and groups/producers like Basic Channel, Prince Far I, Joe Gibbs, 4Hero all the classic stuff, outside of work I would say my main listening habits revolve around listening to lots of dub, post punk, techno and jungle.

Vinyl or download?
Vinyl with a download code!

Tell me a joke?
Two crabs walk into a bar, the barman says 'you can't drink in here!' they reply 'why not?' and the barman goes 'because your mate was in here earlier giving it all that!!'*

*(It's a visual joke, while saying the punch line "giving it all that" you snap your fingers and thumb like a crabs claw, haha, it's a classic!!)

What do you wear in bed? 
Tracksuit bottoms, baggy t-shirt and a hoodie, with the hood up.

You've kindly created a bedroom mix for WIYB, what was your inspiration? 

I just wanted to get across a range of the records I listen to in my bedroom of an evening/morning – tunes that make me happy and they are all records currently on rotation in my bedroom.

Track listing:
Eno – Another Green World
Mika Vainio – Ensimmäinen Valo
The Detroit Esculator Co. – Sil Lum Tao
Jane Weaver – Intiaani Kesä Part 1
Robbie Basho – Blue Crystal Fire
Felix K – Flower Of Destruction #3
John Maus – Hey Moon
Tropic Of Cancer – Court Of Devotion
Cut Hands – Belladonna Theme
Luboš Fišer – Message From Marek
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – We Know Who U R

Follow Luke on Twitter: @lukejmurray

Monday, 23 December 2013

Ellie – Buckinghamshire

Like mother like sister, yesterday I featured Ellie's mum's bedroom and back in 2011, I featured her sister's, Jerry, all of whom have a brave interior style. Ellie's bedroom is a feast for the eyes – she's not scared of colour and it seems has a bit of an obsession for skulls and Gremlins.

Full name: Ellie May O'Sullivan.

Born: Aylesbury.

Lives: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. 

What do you do?
I'm a student studying for my GCSEs.

What would your dream job be?
I really have no idea, which is quite worrying really . 

How long have you lived here?
I have lived here for 14 years. 

Who do you live with and tell me a bit about them?
I live with my Dad, Danny who's a mortgage broker, my mum, Julie who's a taxidermist and my shi tzu Pixie. My brother and sister also used to live here but now have moved to live and work in London.

What does your bedroom mean to you?
My bedroom is an area that is completely my own, so it's a place where I can relax, listen to music, draw and express myself.

What inspires your home style?
I can't really pick out a single thing that inspires me, but my mum and sister have always collected things and I guess I have followed the family trend really – I just like to surround myself with colour and lots of things to make my room my own.

You have a lot of interesting things in your bedroom; tell me about your favourite object?  
There are so many things I love in my room and it's so hard to have a favourite, but definitely one favourite is my small vintage Steiff penguin, Peggy, who's a bit tatty round the edges but is really cute and fuzzy.

Where is your favourite place to pick up interesting things for your home?
I seem to acquire lots of my things from presents and  when I go out and about with my family to Brighton and London.  

Favourite colour?

What makes you sad?  
When elderly people are alone, stress, illness (I have a cold at the moment).

What makes you happy?  
All the usual things, friends, family, food and furry animals.

What is your earliest Christmas memory?  
Sadly my earliest Christmas memory was when was about 4 and I was so ill that i didn't even want to open my presents.

Mince pies or Turkey?
Turkey all the way.

Tell me your favourite thing about Christmas?
I like spending time with my family and I like all the decorations and lights. Then there's the obvious of getting presents, but I also like picking things for other people too.

Santa or Rudolf?  
Santa?... Rudolf? Both?

What Christmas song will you be definitely be playing this year?
As always Fairytale of New York by The Pogues.

Christmas film of choice?
I'm slightly obsessed with Christmas films at the moment, watching nearly every one that's come on the TV, so I'm not picky, but my favourite has to be either the Muppet's Christmas Carol or the Grinch. 

If your bedroom were on fire, what would you save?
That's way too hard to decide on one thing, I would probably be burnt to a crisp trying to decide what to save if there actually was a fire.

What do you wear in bed?
Pyjamas and hopefully I'll get some nice fleecy Christmas pyjamas this year.

Find Ellie on Instagram @elliemay105

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Julie – Buckinghamshire

All roads lead to Jerry? Who? Jerry. She featured on What’s in your bedroom… in 2011, after we had a chance meet in a basement club on Kingsland Road in Dalston – she is the the PR and Marketing for Lazy Oaf. Earlier this year she led me to Gemma Shiel’s bedroom – the creative force behind Lazy Oaf. And six months on, I’m stood in the kitchen of Jerry’s family home, drinking tea, obsessing over the family dog, whilst chatting with her sister, Ellie and their Mum and Dad, Julie and Dan. As my eyes flickered from one colourful object to the other, it struck me that, Jerry was meant to be involved with a brand such as Lazy Oaf – all of their homes, including Jerry’s, are kindred in style. 

Full name: Julie Johnson

Born: South London

Live: Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire

Job: Taxidermist

Dream job: I love making and creating things so to be able to earn a living this way is my ideal job.

How long have you lived here? 14 years.

Who do you live with and tell me a bit about them?
I live with my partner Danny; we met on Christmas eve 1979. He's a mortgage broker and works mainly from his home office so we spend a lot of time together. Then there's Ellie our 14-year-old daughter. She hasn't caused any problems so is a delight to live with, lastly, Pixie, our sweet little Shitzhu. We have two older children, Lewis who is 30 and Jerry 27. They used to live in the house too but both moved to London several years ago.

What does your bedroom mean to you? 
I like my bedroom, as it's the place where I sleep. I also do all my reading in bed, quite a lot of thinking and crosswords. I like doing crosswords in bed but don't know why as I am rubbish at them. Danny on the other hand is much better and finishes them off.  

What inspires your home style? 
I have always liked old toys and have amassed quite a large collection of them over the years. I suppose some of my stuff is a little kitsch. I also like a bit of colour and particularly the colours of Mexican plastic household goods.

You have a lot of interesting things in your bedroom, tell me about the rabbits and the mice?
The rabbits and mice are anthropomorphic taxidermy pieces that I have made. I make one off pieces complete with little handmade outfits. I do not kill any animals for the purpose of taxidermy.

Where is your favourite place to pick up interesting things for your home?  
On my travels-anywhere really and of course ebay has made it so much easier to source vintage items. I have made a lot of things in my home too.

Favourite colour?
I only seem to wear two colours black and red and perhaps a bit of white so maybe they are my favourite colours.

What makes you sad?
The normal things illness, death, injustice

What makes you happy?
Family, friends, holidays, good food, dogs...

What is your earliest Christmas memory?
Telling my mum on Christmas morning that I had seen Father Christmas's boots in the night. I was 4 at the time.

Mince pies or Turkey?

Tell me your favourite thing about Christmas?
Getting the tree, decorating the house, the smell of mulled wine and getting together with family and friends.

Santa or Rudolf?
Santa but not sure why

What Christmas song will you be definitely be playing this year?
Well I have a Christmas compilation cd in my car and usually start playing that the first week in December. I put it on and couldn't bear it-I think I have grown tired of all the Christmas songs. But we will probably do a bit of karaoke over Christmas and it will no doubt include the old Slade and John Lennon favourites.

Christmas film of choice?
Not a film but a couple of years ago there was a great tv adaptation of Oliver Twist starring Timothy Spall as Fagan. "Hello Nolly" I don't usually like watching things more than once but could gladly sit through the whole series of that again. My daughters always watch Muppet's Christmas Carol.

If your bedroom were on fire, what would you save?
Danny, as he is quite a heavy sleeper and wouldn't see or hear it.

What do you wear in bed?
A superb array of very unattractive items.

See some of Julie's wonderful taxidermy creations on her website
Follow her on twitter @JulieTaxidermy and Instagram @juliejohnsontaxidermy