Starting with a shockingly obvious statement, I like nice things. I love things that are well made, beautiful, unusual, classic, bespoke and all those things. I'm just not all that bothered about having them for myself, it's enough just to know they exist and people get enjoyment from them.
I'm a Basic Bish, no debate about that.
There have been a couple of things recently that have just been too expensive and I'm just not prepared to spend/waste my money on them. My new bathroom started me down this road. When we had the bathroom refitted in our old house we spent a lot of money on it and I did like it, and I don't regret it but now I am in the camp of form following function. This time round we've gone plain, it's so plain, I very much doubt it could be less exciting and that's what I like about it.
A couple of years ago we watched an old film of the architect who designed our house, he was most upset looking at an estate he designed where people had painted the garage doors a different colour. His point was that there was no reason to draw attention to the garage door, it's hardly a feature of the house. It made me laugh out loud, which as I was in a library didn't go down well. but he's right, do I really want to use my garage door as a way to make a statement about who I am? I'm applying that spirit to the house, what do I want to draw attention to and where does it just not matter.
We've ordered a new front door. We fancied a composite door, a bit fancy and gorgeous, but you know what I don't want it that much to spend more than we paid for the new garage and porch roof. So we're going for the less exciting but just as functional UPVC, exciting it is not, but it will keep unwanted visitors and the weather outside.
This weekend I went to buy tea. I know prices are going up in general (is anyone keeping a Brexit cupboard?) it had gone up £1 in about 6 week. A whole pound. I bought it this time but said to Dan I have to draw the line when I can get something for half the price that's almost as nice. Most things have a tipping point don't they. I'm Basic but content with my niche.
I'm getting used to saying I can't afford it, it doesn't mean I don't have the money, it just means value is as important to me as anything else.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone