DESIGNING A FUNCTIONAL HOME
Until I stepped out into the world of stepping into other peoples homes and lives, I underestimated how unique families are. This realisation led me to learn that it’s the deep understanding of my clients, their families and their way of life that enables us to create a functional home that enhances their way of life.
Then one day, someone asked me “but isn’t every home a functional home?” Well, that depends on the emphasis you place on function - there’s a distinct difference from it ‘functioning’ meaning it has a front door, a kitchen, bathroom and however many bedrooms you need, versus a functional home which simplifies your everyday routines.
Let me explain.
My everyday is two young children, it’s school bags and sports bags, its a husband who’s a builder and the numerous other tradies that work with us and frequent our home/office. It’s muddy work boots, its football bags full of football boots (what a unique smell that one is!).
Yet my everyday is not cluttered nor chaotic.
Our storage systems seem intuitive, I don’t look at school bags dumped lovingly at the front door, they’re hidden away in drawers with the most beautiful handles underneath a coat nook at my front door. There’s easy access to the side of the house and an entry into the laundry/mud room which means no dirty footprints through the house, and football boots contained to their drying cupboard (I’m contemplating inventing a deoderising/sterilisation unit for said cupboard - I think it would be a bestseller!!)
My everyday is functional and my routines are simplified thanks to the careful curation of choices throughout the interior design of my space.
But everyone’s ‘everyday’ is different.
Yours might be about storage for school bags, or it might be being able to walk from the garage into your house whilst carrying armfuls of groceries without having to get drowned in the rain. It might be about creating a separate living space for growing teenagers, or being able to comfortably seat 12 friends at your dining table whilst cooking for them in the kitchen and still being part of the conversation.
The list is truly endless. It’s about understanding your everyday.
Understanding your everyday is step 1 in our 12 step process to interior design - click here to learn more about step one or any of the other steps?