Inside eccentric ‘House of Dreams’ full with ‘things to hug’ and people’s teeth

An artist has transformed his home into a treasure trove of dolls and figurines filling every inch of space.

In what he proudly calls the 'House of Dreams', Stephen Wright has created something many would instead call a nightmare.

He explained to MyLondon that in designing the colourful and unique interior, he "made things to hug" during a time of grief.

Tucked away in a little corner of East Dulwich, South East London Stephen's quirky terraced house boldly instantly stands out from its neighbours.

Feeling inspired after watching an art documentary with Jarvis Cocker, Stephen set to work on the house when he was struck by tragedy.

Within the space of just 18 months he lost his partner and both parents.

It was after this, said Stephen, that work on his House of Dreams became not just a passion, but "a type of art therapy".

"I had to deal with trauma and I was my own therapist," said the artist, who poured his feelings into his work; even making clothes for his sculptures using the clothes of the family he had lost.

He added: "I had no-one, I was here on my own, so I needed things to hug.

"I made things to hug."

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Stephen also began writing his thoughts on boards, which he called memory boards, and he said the house slowly began turning into "a sort of story of my life".

Seeing someone's life laid bare so visibly attracts a whole host of fascinated visitors, he said, from people who "want to do something extraordinary and it's almost like they are seeking permission", to others who are "just curious."

He added: "Then I have people who have been through their own trauma and want to bring things here from loved ones they have lost, like hair and teeth, and little love letters.

"Sometimes they will come back here and touch them and smell them."

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Stephen said he thinks everyone who visits "is on their own journey and they need to be fed with something".

All of the items in the house have been carefully collected by Stephen, a process he calls 'hunting'.

"When I go out I go hunting for the house of dreams," he said.

"It's a continual thing, I never stop.

"Everything is here because it speaks to me – it's here for a reason."

Although it will eventually be left to the National Trust, Stephen currently lives in the House of Dreams with his partner Michael Vaughan, and visitors can book to look round it.

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