So, Who Lives Here? February 07 2014, 0 Comments

A couple of years ago I was visiting a client with whom I had just recently started working. We were doing a bathroom remodel, specifically, but as we got to know each other, she wondered what I thought about her home. What wasn't working. I had to think about it. Coming to an answer required some thought; a home may not be to my personal taste, but that doesn't make anything wrong with it--not at all! But I needed my answer to be constructive, and something to build on.

"When I come here, I always think it's nicely decorated, but honestly--I don't know who lives here."

This is a woman with a rich, colorful cultural background, an active family life, a husband with an interesting career (and similarly interesting ancestry), a couple of grown, accomplished kids and a new grandchild. She has taste, and an eye, and is a warm, vibrant, interesting woman and yet, to go into her home, I had no sense of any of that.

We are working to fix that, and it's a really exciting project! But it has me thinking about home, and decoration, and how we can go about making our homes places that are expressive and alive with things that communicate who we are, not just what is in style, or the 'color of the year', or the latest chain store introduction.