A Lived In Home is to be used, to be enjoyed, to be appreciated,
to be charming, and to be welcoming.
When talking about interiors one question always comes up time and time again, what is your style? What interior style do you have or plan to practice in the future? This is a somewhat complicated question for me as I 1) have a love for many styles and 2) truly have a hard time describing my preferred style with commonly used words like traditional or modern.
I think a home is and should be so much more than just a style. Of course a style and vision for a home is of upmost importance to create a well designed space, functionally and aesthetically, however I think a finished home goes so much deeper than this. A home that is well designed to me isn’t as much about a style but about the feeling it gives, the feeling you get when you’re experiencing every aspect of it.
That is why I always say that I strive to create lived in homes. These are homes or spaces that encompass the following:
- Are functionally useable, not just beautiful to look at
- Have layers of interest to them – this can be through actual textural layers (woods, upholstery, etc) or layers of interest in the small details (built-ins, trim/moulding)
- Give a sense of comfort and coziness – now this doesn’t mean a lived in home can’t be bright and airy, however to me there is just an automatic sense of comfort and coziness that comes with a lived in space
- Old and new – combining both vintage/antique pieces with newer items is a must to add depth
- Doesn’t necessarily have to a high financial cost to complete
These might seem obvious or what most designers strive to create in their clients homes, but I thought laying the groundwork for what Walker & Co hopes to accomplish would be of value. And hopefully over time, through my own work and the work of other very inspiring designers I can begin to show you what a lived in home looks like.