My Home: David Shrigley, artist

Like many emerging artists, David Shrigley used to live in a modest flat. Now a success, his house is so big he barely uses some rooms
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The artist David Shrigley, 37, whose clients include Blur and Franz Ferdinand, graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1988. Last year he sold his two-bedroom flat and bought a four-storey townhouse overlooking the Botanic Gardens. He lives there with his girlfriend Kim.

I've spent £25,000 on this place already but you could never tell. We moved here about a year ago and it still looks disturbingly like the day we first arrived.

The best thing about it so far is the windows, they're huge and stare out at the famed Botanic Gardens of Glasgow. They were incredibly expensive to restore, but make such a difference to every room. They are almost like walls, they're so big. On the other side of the sitting room there is a floor to ceiling mirror which was here from before, and it reflects the trees and lights spectacularly.

We looked at loads of places before we found this one, but it's the only one in the street that has retained the original features, and hadn't been converted. It is beautiful as we have our own front door and everything intact from the 1840s.

I think it is very hard to have your own "interiors style". For many years you live in rented accommodation and there is no point doing anything up if you don't own it. I think the fact that I have painted all the walls white here indicates that I'm still not really sure what to do with it.

I think the worst look is the most current look that has just gone by, like fashion: something from 1995 would look really bad; mocha-coloured walls and cream furniture and veneered hard-wood floors.

My house is spread over four levels, we have a spiral staircase leading to the top which has a great skylight and all the traditional Glasgow cornicing. I never really know what people mean by bedrooms, but I suppose if you count it out we have four bedrooms, a dining room, billiards room, kitchen and two bathrooms.

Both my girlfriend and I live and work here, which is pretty handy. Though she is desperate to move from her current space by the laundry room, as she believes the washing room is taking away her soul, so I think she will probably move it to the dining room.

It's wonderful having all this space, but the crazy thing is, we haven't actually realised any of it yet. I only use the billiards room in the summer as it's too cold in winter. And there are two other spare rooms that we just haven't used at all, all of which indicates that we have more space than we really need.

The people before us had decorated it quite sympathetically. We still have the black roll-top bath in the bathroom upstairs and there are beautiful panels at the entrance that they discovered hidden beneath wallpaper a few years ago, and then with the help of Historic Scotland had them revitalised. I like the fact that it is really private here and the neighbours are nice, which is a big thing when you live in a city.

Even though we live by the busy Great Western Road, it is quiet, the noise is more like the gentle waves of the sea. You only notice it when it stops.

I have a pretty large plasma television screen, it is all ready for High Definition, but I am not paying for that. I prefer just to watch DVDs, The Big Lebowski and Dead Man with Johnny Depp are a couple of my favourites.

On the mantelpiece I have two silver pencils, which are a design award I got from making a video for Blur. I had no idea that they were such a big deal, until an animator friend visited recently who couldn't believe that I had received these things.

I also have a set of poodle coasters, which my former assistant Andy Knowles gave to me. He is now a member of Franz Ferdinand but we still see a lot of each other.

The dining table and chairs came from a Salvation Army shop, and cost around £30. One day we might re-upholster the chairs. I have a set of sock puppets made by the Canadian artist Seth Scriver that sit on another chair next to the dining table.

I bought them from a hotel I was staying at in Toronto a couple of years ago. I also have a little sock-raisin man that somebody sent me as a bit of fan mail. I used to receive hundreds of odd things in the post, but now I am very selective about giving my address out.

I have a lot of magazines, and the complete collection of Frieze, the arts magazine, in the downstairs loo. I also like a lot of Japanese ones.

I used to write a column for Japanese Esquire but then I stopped as I just couldn't be bothered anymore and it was really just for something to say. Now I say that I used to write a column for them.

I have a lot of books; everything from Bukowski, Donna Tartt, Shakespeare and Zadie Smith to Kafka. An artist friend recently made me a set of bespoke shelves which are in my studio on the top floor.

They also house my CD collection in special drawers and my records. I like a lot of avant-garde music, improv jazz, The Fall and The Velvet Underground. I'm currently working on a spoken-word record project.

Too much of our furniture is from Ikea, which I hate. It is so badly made, so much of it is chipboard. Apparently, one in three people have an Ikea bed. We are one of those three. Although we do have a very expensive mattress from Tempura, which cost thousands.

David Shrigley Recent Prints at Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery, in association with Galleri Nicolai Wallner until 16 September, www.davidshrigley.com

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