There has long been plenty of talk around small living and its economical and sustainable benefits. Very often I think we belive we need more space than we actually do. Craving space is of course a normal thing as we naturally seek privacy and distance from both objects and people in a space. But before you decide to upscale to that bigger house. Take a look at your own smaller home and see if you have used it to its full potential.
I would start off by taking a look at the amount of natural light that comes in to the space. Small spaces benefits from natural light as well as a more open floor plans as this creates the illusion of more room. Would it be possible to bring more light in by perhaps knocking down a wall or insert an internal glass window instead?
Regarding colours, textures and furniture think ‘less is more’. Use a simple colour palette and to create interest go for different textures that supports your concept. If you choose lighter and more fragile textures you will keep that light and airy feel. Also important is to look at the size of your furniture. Bulky and heavy forms will decrease the feeling of space so try to steer away from these. Like the designers do use transparent and translucent materials where possible as they are reflective hence meaning more light.This does not mean that your home have to be full of mirrors or look anything like a disco ball. But it could be good to keep these materials in mind. Another vital trick is to use furniture which does not touch the floor as much; for example sideboards which you attach to the wall instead of placing directly on the floor. Again this emphasizes a feel of openness.
Credit: Dwell / Photo - Dean Kaufman
Small living does not suit everyone, but I strongly believe that if you just take a look at the space again and use the right materials and methods you will be able to get a bigger space than you might have imagined from start. Just think of the money you can save by living smaller! So what do you say, is small living something you are in favour of?
In some way or other everyone could benefit from having a creative home. Creativity often stands for originality, imagination and is often also resulted in productivity. No matter if you are considered a creative person or not, it makes sense to aim for this feeling in your own home.
But how do we go about finding this creativity? I would say start by looking at your hobbies. Your hobbies are something you are passionate about. If highlighted through the design they will most likely encourage both creativity and productivity within yourself and the home. Also look into key words for how you want to live your life; the type of lifestyle you crave or have. Write this down and bring this forward to your designer, or if you are decorating your own home keep the paper and place it in your decorating folder.
Now to the fun bit, start thinking about how you can reinforce the words you wrote down into the design of your space. For example in this home the couple are both working as graphic designers. They have incorporated their love for graphic elements in the space as shown in the wall decoration.They also encouraged extra researching and reading by placing books around the apartment. Being a career driven couple they went for an open-work space incorporated into the dining/living area. All of which inspires their creativity within what their heart is set to do.
Credit: Dwell Photo by Dean Kaufman
Finding your creativity and incorporating it into your sweet home should be a fun process. Enjoy it and let me know how it went.
I have been asked a few times why I keep this Sweet Home column here on the blog. To give an answer to that, it is my way to brainstorm and research the emotions and functions which is required for designing a home. What makes it so interesting is that every home and person have different needs and desires.
Even though everyone are different, there are clear common emotions and functions related to a home. The space has to be functional no matter what the needs are. Comfort, serenity, balance, joy, satisfaction, inspiration are often words in association with building a home.
Credit: Dwell Photos by Andrew Meredith
A home is an ‘apartment with a soul’. In order to build the soul the designer needs to understand the home’s value. This way the client will feel satisfaction and keep on nurturing the soul.
As my journey continues with ‘Sweet Home’, I will keep on jotting down thoughts I come across; update some new posts and hopefully also discuss this topic with you.
I recently posted the home of architect Daniel Heckscher and singer Jessica Folcker. Now their house is on the market and can be yours for 8 900 000 kr.
Isn’t it ‘interesting’ how we are seeing more homes first getting published in interior magazines and then later being up for sale? Perhaps a new business venture?
All you need to do is decorate your home so it looks like eye candy, then push for it to be published on blogs which hopefully results in some coverage in an interior magazine. Before the hype dives, put it out on the market and you will instantly get more coverage. Bloggers will notice you and re-post, resulting in more exposure for your home. Then await a good return which probably is higher then if you hadn’t ‘marketed’ it so well.
Credit: Hemnet-Skandiamäklarna via Husligheter
I admit it’s probably not so easy as I make it sound here. But perhaps worth a go? How do you look at this publish-then sell trend?
Sweet home it surely is. This is the home of Interior architect, Daniel Heckscher and singer Jessica Folcker.
What strikes me most about this home is the balance between creating a relaxed feel that at the same time influence energy and creativity. If I was to visit this space I would take of my shoes and comfortably stroll around feeling welcomed; every corner I turn.
Credit: Residence Magazine