29 April, 2016
I was part of a slightly contentious online discussion (which is how I sometimes spend my evenings!) about the work involved in living in our homes. Beds that need to be made. Silver that needs to be polished. And chandeliers that need dusting (this was in fact the point of contention!) periodically.
Does the 'work of house' ever affect your design choices?
I love the advances in textiles and finishes over the last several years. Indoor/outdoor fabrics that were once clearly, and aggressively, abrasive can now be used for a couture gown without batting at eye. Many case good finishes are almost bullet proof. As part of my High Point Market adventures (much more about that in a later post), I saw a demonstration from Crypton that was amazing. But, even with all of these advances, will our homes ever be 'house work' free.
I actually relish an afternoon of "deep cleaning." I should also admit that we have a service that cleans our house regularly - so in some ways "deep cleaning" is all we ever have to deal with. But personally, there's something SO gratifying about a completely empty clothes hamper. Or the gleam of freshly polished silver flatware. I don't know that I've ever dismissed a design detail in my home because of a worry about upkeep. I'd rather have the bother - but ALSO have the glorious design element. Give me the beautiful chandelier that needs maintenance. Give me the unlacquered brass hardware that will age in spite of each polish.
How does design and maintenance intersect in your home?