House of Dreams

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Down a perfectly normal-looking street in East Dulwich you'll find a perfectly not-normal-looking abode known as the House of Dreams. Taking the concept of one man's trash being another man's treasure and running with it, artist Stephen Wright is in the process of covering every available surface of this home in his kitschy mosaics. Whether it's abandoned dolls or pen lids, everything here comes together in a magical hideaway that's only open to the public a few days a year. Email steveparis50@yahoo.co.uk for information on open dates and to book an appointment. 

 

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Venue name: House of Dreams
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Address: 45 Melbourne Grove
London
SE22 8RG
Transport: Rail: East Dulwich
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Totally lovely experience visiting this literal house of dreams!

We were welcomed in by the artists partner, told a little about the live-in-project and left to wander, its totally all consuming explosion of colour. An entire house bejewelled with discarded and beloved objects alike.

There’s a short film shown upstairs (in their living space, a little less hectic but beautiful and feels very lovely to be invited in) which gives a bit more background to some of the heartbreak that’s gone into the house and is well worth a watch.

On our visit the artist was out the back making more bits and pieces, there’s a small shop too.

Cannot recommend highly enough, a very sweet gem in South London’s crown! Book well in advance as its appointment only and they book up weeks or months ahead.

tastemaker

Stephen Wright's House of Dreams is a truly hidden gem - I have Time Out to thank for ever discovering it. 


Years and years of collecting, arranging, tweaking and decorating have gone into creating what is one of London's quirkiest and most beautiful art pieces that's only open during a few days throughout the year. I booked my place for April in February. That should give you an idea.


The house is not only art but is practically alive - it tells a story of a heartbreaking episode in Stephen's life, and the walls, the artifacts, the arrangements all speak. A short film introduces the story and then you're left to roam the rooms for as long as you like - including the garden, which is a small oasis of peace.


Every inch of the house is covered with quirky objects of the most random origins, from toys through gems, scupltures and drawings. I would allow at least an hour and a half, if not two, to linger.


Stephen himself is a kind and warm man, and is happy to talk to all visitors - you can barely resist giving him a hug before leaving. He will ask you to stay as long as you like - and I recommend doing so. A one of a kind, dreamy, sad and beautiful experience.