on how other people live {& being a better designer}…

a nomadic abode

 

nothing gives me greater pleasure than having a good ol’ nose around someone else’s home: an itch that was duly scratched repeatedly on our recent trip back home…

in four short weeks i toured no less than 18 homes…

some of these houses were long-established family homes, others recent acquisitions &/or first home buys & there was even a new build or two thrown in for good measure…

& i feel i can say with some sureity that the households i visited represented a fairly broad cross-section of society: uni students, retirees, young families, established families, ready-to-fly-the-nesters, artists, professional couples, divorcees, singletons: you name it, we visited!

& their homes were just as varied: wooden queenslanders packed to the rafters with memorabilia, pared-back homestead-style houses on large leafy blocks, inner-city cottages, high-set weatherboards complete with veggie patch nestling amongst the gums, church conversions, art deco abodes & townhouses alike…

but as different as these homes {& their inhabitants} were, they shared one commonality: each & every one of them represented real homes of real people filled with the things that bring them real joy…

without exception, the paraphanaelia of life {ie, all those things the magazines generally try to hide away in cupboards} was there in full view with a delightful absence of over-staging…

there was evidence of kids, pets, hobbies & interests wherever the eye landed & it left me feeling really rather humbled…

you see, the prospect of building our own home & evaluating how we {my partner & i} live & what is dear to us has yielded a really rather fabulous by-product: it has opened my eyes to trying to be more respectful of what is, in turn, dear to others…

& that is, i hope, in turn making me a better designer…

i’m trying to look beyond my own aesthetic & be more mindful of appreciating other people’s tastes, passions & yearnings & taking delight in someone else’s story & how it is regaled throughout their home…

i’m willing myself to quell those inner voices that tell me to dole out ‘helpful’ suggestions without first being asked {mmmh, failed a few times, but i’m trying}

& i’m really, truly working on resisting the urge to mentally {if not physically} rearrange the furniture & furnishings in each & every home i enter {ok… so, i’m definitely still working on that last bit & if i have done this to you recently, i duly apologise}

afterall, when somebody invites you into their home, they are inviting you to explore a little piece of them, to share in their pride & revel in their accomplishments…

& while it’s all well & good as a designer to possess a covetable style that others may want to emulate, being able to help people successfully interpret & bring to life their own unique vision is a covetable attribute all in itself…

 

{to everyone back home who shared their home with us, wined & dined us or simply took time out of their busy schedules to catch up with us, we thank you!}

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2 thoughts on “on how other people live {& being a better designer}…

  1. Hi Susan, Welcome back. Lovely, thought-provoking post. Several points chimed with me and it is good to be reminded that we should celebrate how each of us lives rather than mentally or physically trying to “tidy it up” in one way or another. Triciax

    • thanks so much tricia! it’s something i’m genuinely going to have to work on, but i think the rewards i’ll reap will be worth it!

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