Winston Smith lives in a dilapidated, old apartment building known as Victory Mansions. Victory Mansions is a dingy, disgusting building in need of major renovations. At the beginning of the novel, Orwell describes Winston's apartment complex and flat. Throughout the halls of Victory Mansions, there is an overpowering smell of boiled cabbage and old rag mats. Winston is also forced to walk past giant posters of Big Brother hanging from the walls on the way to his seventh-floor apartment. Inside Winston's tiny apartment, there is a telescreen hanging on the right side of the wall. Unlike the setup of most apartments, the telescreen is not located at the end of the wall, where it has command of the entire room. There is also a shallow alcove next to the telescreen, where Winston writes in his diary without being seen. Later on in the novel, Winston begins to rent a small room above Mr. Charrington's antique shop. There is a bed, stove, and an antique chair in the room, as well as a hidden telescreen disguised as an old painting.