#2 – The first room I rented, K’s house, Walkley, Sheffield.
A friend of a friend, K, was buying her first house and wanted to rent a room. Luckily for me it was cheap and she seemed nice and knew mutual friends, so all seemed cool. The house was pretty much a shell and K let me decorate my room, and I sanded down and stained the floorboards. I soon discovered K wasn’t the cleanest, tidiest of people and my room was my little clean haven. The inside of the oven turned my stomach and was to be avoided and I would regularly find cat sick on the floor downstairs. K was into dance/techno and would go out with friends on a Saturday, and they would sometimes arrive home around 6am on Sunday mornings and carry on the party, playing more beats in the room below mine, when I was trying to sleep off a hangover. Despite that, I liked K and had a particularly fun random spontaneous night with her at a local pub just hanging out playing pool. I was a poor student living on (literally) about £15 a week (£8 Netto food shop, rest for beer/cheap cider, walked EVERYWHERE), so I had nothing to complain about really. A. rented the other room for a while, whose main thing was BDSM. He was a super nice guy and very open about it. It was the first gaff I’d lived in officially after my parents’ house, and had my 21st birthday there, and I still have a ring K bought me as a 21st gift, so I have fond memories, but due to the mess and clash of musical tastes it was kind of a relief to eventually move on.
#1 – The house I grew up in. Herries Road, Longley, Sheffield
We lived in Grenoside for the first year or two of my life but I don’t really have any clear memories of the space other than a large black wooden safety gate at the bottom of the stairs and a brownish curtain by the front door.
We moved to Herries Road when I was around 2 years old and I remember running around the empty house excitedly whilst my dad unrolled a living room carpet and discovering orange cupboard doors fastened with a latch in what seemed like a secret nook in the bathroom. My parents had an extension built on the back of the house and completely redid the drive and garden areas. These drawings reflect the house as best I remember it, I’m surprised I can’t more clearly recall the layout of my bedroom but it changed a lot over the years, from having a cabin bed (in which i remember trying to stay awake late enough to listen to John Peel on my panda radio) with desk and wardrobe underneath to having a regular bed. Decor morphed from Alice in Wonderland wallpaper, pink heart curtains and duvet (not really ‘me’), to bright red walls with the MOST 80s grey pinstriped carpet and red and black stripe curtains (the first time I was allowed to choose my own decor), to more ‘grown up’ grey walls with navy blue trim and Native American Indian patterned fabrics. I also eventually had a TV, video with remote on a wire, HiFi stereo when I was a teenager but these moved around my room too. I lived here until I was about 19, and moved into my first rented room during my second year of university.