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You would of had to have been under a rock not to have seen or heard about the Marie Kondo Netflix show thats sweeping the nation. I was going to write a blog about it. Then I decided I wouldn’t because others had said what I thought. But then I had one of those moments. This one was outside an opp shop with a teary volunteer. At breaking point I couldn’t ignore her or the mountain of mess she had to sort threw. I thought about bacon and eggs and sang about bacon and eggs and it all came flooding out. So what has the “Marie Kondo effect” got to do with “bacon and eggs”. Well you’re just going to have to read the blog. It’s tenuous I give you that. But it made me smile, when what I really felt like doing was, joining my opp shop volunteer, and cry.
Home is where the heart is. But when it comes to buying our homes, other organs play a role too. The gut and the head. In recent years it’s become increasingly common for a house to be purchased and leveled within several months, with out giving it a budding chance to prove itself worthy of being a new home. Begs the questions why buy it if theres so much wrong with it? In this blog, the second of a series about selling and buying houses, I explore what is it that makes a person want to buy a house and how many imperfections can there be before the deal is off? But in today’s age of rampant DIY, the deal isn’t often “off”. When in fact, in terms of sustainability, it should be.
First of two, this blog looks at what happens when you need to sell and move out of your nest. Seeing a local cafe being renovatd for the umpteenth time made me question the house selling cycle and the escalating preparations we subject our homes to. With pressure to showcase your home like a display home, everything needs to be clean, fixed, neutralised and styled. Granted. But increasingly, some go further, installing new fixtures and fittings and even creating new spaces. As the new owners are likely to want to make your home their home, it begs the question how far you should go when preparing your house for sale and recognising when enough is enough.
We had a light bulb moment in our home this week and its changed how I feel about my parenting guilt as an environmentalist. Your home, and how you run your life within it, plays a big role in passing on knowledge, skills, and equipping your kids for their life. But you need to be consistent, so taking these beliefs into the outside world is a must if you want to really make a difference in practicing and normalising behaviour. Especially when it comes to sustainable choices. This often involves saying no. And as I’ve learnt, that’s OK. If kids are a mirror, then you need to be the best reflection you can be.
When it comes to tiles and dating, it really is a major issue for many. And it should be. Choosing tiles creates all sorts of reactions. The expectation of what a tile should deliver in terms of design durability set against the desire for something new and exciting, can mean we want the best of both worlds. This blog discusses, although this might not be totally achievable, you can certainly choose tiles with legs built for a marathon rather than a 100 metre dash.
When it comes to interiors, size really is everything. It's also the biggest issue I find my clients struggle with. Taking the digits and visualising the object in the space is hard for many. But when you break it down and understand the issues at play, it makes the confusion slip away. This is becoming increasingly important as internet shopping is becoming the norm, even for the major purchases. Help is at hand...
Over the last few years, my tourist experiences has made me question how buying souvenirs can create an unique home when there is so many mass produced, poor quality souvenirs around? How can you bring treasures back into your home that are of a good quality, are meaningful, thoughtful and ethical. In this blog I share a few experiences, but more importantly offer you some alternative options, away from the tourist traps.
When a friend recently commented that "Nobody pops in anymore!" I remembered my bus station style of a family home. Then in my recent TV binge session watching Offspring, I saw it. All the time. All the characters popping in. But with this pre-arranged approach to mingling and interacting with friends and family being so prevalent in real life, it raised one big question: Are we too orchestrated to offspring? And if so, is it possible for us to revert back to popping in? It's a great time to give it a go.
Arh. The smell of Christmas is all around. Pine and plastic christmas trees and tinsel. Such a great smell. But what happens when there is a bad smell in your home? Nasty odours might not be actually bad for you, but they're hard to live with. So how do you get rid of them? This blog firstly provides a few natural solutions but then goes to the next level and introduces scent architecture.
What does your house smell like? Does it have a smell? Is it a good one? Often the forgotten sense when designing, smell is the sense that is most strongly linked to our memory, our mood and emotions. It therefore has the strongest connection with, and contributes to, home appeal. This blog is the first in a two part series on our often forgotten fifth sense. Here we discuss how some good smells aren't necessarily so.