I think perfect homes are boring.
They lack soul, they lack personality, and they never give off the feeling that happy people live in them. When I set out to create my first home, I thought it had to be all perfect and perfectly color coordinated. Boy what a fool I was! I ended up with a living room with fabrics that we were all afraid to sit on. What use was that? A room that looked beautiful, but that we couldn’t use??
Having said that — a home that has been ignored, poorly designed, or not designed at all is worse. A great home in my mind has style to spare, shows who lives in it, and makes sure that every single room is user friendly for all family members and visitors.
The Pagoda headboard in my bedroom will withstand anything! It’s attached to the bed frame so it won’t bang against the wall when Luke and his friends are jumping on it. It’s upholstered in a chenille velvet,which is super easy to clean and will not wear easily.
The fabric and the design is sturdy enough to withstand…
…impromptu birthday picnics, karate fights, moonlighting as a trampoline and crazy stunts!
Do you have pets, running children or lots of visitors? High traffic areas?
Surely you don’t want a wool silk carpet.
In our living room there is constant traffic. Kids and pets and visitors are here daily. To protect the floor from being ruined by dog claws and cat scratches I have an extra large thick basket weave sisal that covers most of the floor.
Here is Lola ( Jenny my former assistants dog) happy to visit and roll on the carpet.
A wide black border keeps it elegant and not bland.
A white cowhide on top adds a bit of style.
Yes, surprisingly cowhides never get dirty, and are easy to wipe and clean with any kind of spill.
Anyone can visit, run or scratch here.
Tired of the cat scratching your pieces? Or worried when your guest is swinging that wine glass just a little too much? Quietly wishing they would have sat down in another chair. Waste of energy!
Instead of making a room off limit to guests and pets, add slip covers that are easy to pull off and clean. When your lifestyle changes, remove it and you’ll have a new chair!
Does your home have a dining room? Is it the most unused room in the entire house? Thought so. It’s hard to drag people from the kitchen table!
This is my brother’s home in Sweden below.
His unused dining room is now his formal office.
And for celebratory occasions, it easily becomes the perfect buffet or dining table.
EVERY ROOM SHOULD BE USED!
If your home is designed right, you will use every room, every day. No room should be off limits. Kids should be able to play on the floor, guest should be able to stay overnight last minute, pets should be able to share the space, yet your home should still feel cozy and chic.
Even in disarray your space should feel welcoming.
Because after all we live in our homes.
None of is live like the pictures in magazines.
That would be too boring.