Domesticity

Last week I posted the question, “what is a home?”. In exploring this topic I’ve recently picked up a book from my shelves: “Home: A Short History of an Idea” by Witold Rybczynski. Here he describes how the concept of “comfort” and domesticity was not invented until the 18th century and makes an interesting connection between the emergence of an idea and language: “The first use of the word ‘comfort’ to signify a level of domestic amenity is not documented until the eighteenth century. People began to use the word in a different way because they needed a special word to…

Creating Personal Utopias

What is a “home”?  Is it different for each person, each culture, or are there consistent notions of what people define as “home”?  Since most of my work has been and is with residential design I can’t help but come across this conundrum every time I begin a new project, meet a new client, visit a new job site. When talking to clients I soon realize that the answer is not one dimensional. There are specific individual notions of what a “home” is based on personal experience and meaning, group notions and also collective notions. The layering of these for…

Nordic Style

I think residential design should be personal. Some residential interior design tends to be more about establishing status than revealing character. Formulaic interiors unfortunately seem to be the norm. Personally, I’m very tired of their superficial beauty. I’ve been following blogger Mia Linnman of Solid Frog for the past few months now. Based in Jönköping, Sweden, Mia’s posts have a purist and restrained aesthetic that I truly love. These historical shells adourned with vintage finds and an abundance of white feel like the real deal. The spaces are crisp and modern yet so romantic and believable as if they host the…

The Outdoor Room

Ahhh… can’t you just feel the breeze? This is what I want to do to my outdoor space. Sure, I may be lacking the background scenery but a girl can improvise! I love modern design but I need some rustic and ethnic touches to keep things interesting. A unique daybed like the one above is the perfect statement piece for an outdoor space. Stack numerous layers of pillows to make it a comfy lounging area. Depending on the style of your home, you  can use vintage European daybeds (I once found this beautiful distressed green French vintage one – see my Pinterest…

BRINGING HOME: The Greek Terrace

 One of the many places I have yet to visit is Greece. I have always been attracted to those images of the white stucco walls with the blue wooden doors mimicking the Mediterranean. There’s something of the exotic though fresh and crisp about them. Though you may not have the sweeping views of the Sea from your apartment, you can still bring some of this charm to your outdoor space by incorporating some of these key elements: 1. Paint walls and concrete flooring white. * The best paint for exterior concrete floors are high gloss, polyurethane based paint (ValSpar makes…