torn…

so, the prospect of building a home from scratch is sending me into a tailspin: i’m talking full-on nose diving into the abyss…

of course i’ve thought about doing this since forever {the first house i ‘designed’ was at the tender age of fifteen: it had a circular, multi-storey library with a tree growing up from the middle of the room through a purpose-built glass ceiling at the top}…

but, nonetheless, i still find myself freefalling through all of the possibilities & searching desperately for some terra firma with which to break my fall: truth is, mostly i just find myself torn…

how, i ask you, can the same person who loves this…

this…

this…

this…

& this…

also love this…

this…

this…

this…

& this?

& that’s just the living space!

when the scope of your taste is so diverse, how & where do you begin to eke out a common thread in order to make a cohesive whole {assuming, that is, that there is a common thread to be found}?

no doubt you’ve seen a lot of these images on my blog before & no doubt you’ll see them again as i try to break them down & strip them back to understand exactly which of the elements therein are the ones repeatedly drawing me in…

this won’t be an overnight process…

but, fortunately for me, working out the minutia of the interior decoration is such a long way off i needn’t lose sleep over any of that just yet…

what i do need to explore, with some urgency, is how we want to live & what we want the space to ‘feel’ like in order to determine what the bones of it must be: afterall, the use of light, space & the sense of flow are fundamental issues to get right from the very get-go…

& then there’s the question of suitability: i’m not one for convention so my house is never going to be the standard two up, two down, but am i simply trying to shoehorn the wrong house into the space available?

once i settle on a design i actually like will it fit with the plot, the neighbourhood or even my budget?

even scarier still is the fact that, when it comes to building a home from the ground up, i don’t even know what i don’t know!

can i let you in on a secret though? i’m loving every minute of the ride…

images via: global atelierabigail ahern, vosges paris, abigail ahernshannon fricke, anna burleslivingetc, seventeen doors, vogueguy creations

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11 thoughts on “torn…

  1. Soooooo exciting Susan. I can just imagine you right now …. Like a kid in a lolly shop. So many possibilities!! One thing’s for sure…..it is going to be pretty amazing. Am so happy for you xxx

  2. To be honest they all look the same style to me! Maybe a white living room and a dark boudoir bedroom a la Abigail?

    So exciting but I totally understand the feeling of not knowing where to start. Looking forward to seeing it all unfold x

  3. there’s definitely some commonality in the decor (industrial pieces & natural elements), but architecturally speaking there’s a few different looks which unfortunately i don’t think will gel… i just have to work out which i love the most!

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