our very ugly carpet
The August theme for SPC is pattern. And the first pattern I think of is not a pretty one. Indeed, I have often gone out of the way to exclude the carpet in our house from any pictures of domestic life. Really, I'd like to pretend that it's not there. In the eighteen or so years I have lived in this house, I have always disliked the carpet. Quite intensely at times. It was crappy when I moved in and it hasn't improved any. We have some big rugs, but there are always little pieces that are impossible to cover. Like this particularly grotty patch in the hallway near the kitchen. For effect, I am modelling my none too clean dressing gown and my ugg boots which, despite their scruffy appearance, have just been washed and fitted with new sheepskin liners.
The lino in front is also really old, but I actually don't hate it. In some moods, I'm really rather fond of it. Perhaps because it's cleanable? When I was pregnant with Grace, I spent the first week of my maternity leave with a friends steam cleaner. Systematically going through each room. Although I removed heaps of gunk, it never seemed to look any cleaner. Now we just vacuum every week and I try not to make it my visual focus. Besides, we're looking for our own place now. And when it's our house, I'll be able to rip up the carpet. Can't wait....
See other, prettier patterns here.