The 'experience' of different spaces

I love my 1940’s weatherboard home. And I intend to live here for quite some time. Yet that doesn’t stop me lusting after other houses. Not because I’m jealous of what I don’t own, but because I would love to ‘experience’ living in a different type of space.

 My daughters bedroom. A low stud height makes it easy to connect the floor and ceiling and create a cosy feeling.

My daughters bedroom. A low stud height makes it easy to connect the floor and ceiling and create a cosy feeling.

Recently I visited a client in her 1920’s bungalow. I couldn’t stop gawking at the depth of her window sills, the styling opportunities were endless. Whole collections could be displayed and you would still have room to rest your elbows. They were the equivalent of a large built-in bookshelf, in every room. 

Her entranceway also had me swooning. A dedicated space, bigger than my bathroom, purely for welcoming guests and dealing with the comings and goings of the house. 

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 Does your home have a dedicated entranceway ? My front door opens directly into our house, with a view straight down a short hallway into the bathroom. Hence, our guests are usually welcomed on the front-door step!

Does your home have a dedicated entranceway ? My front door opens directly into our house, with a view straight down a short hallway into the bathroom. Hence, our guests are usually welcomed on the front-door step!

I have styled several homes recently that have  a conservatory of some kind. A space designed for connecting with the outside, while staying warm and dry. These days most conservatories have been converted into bedrooms. However, I like the idea of living in a house with a nature room. What would I do there... ? Read, contemplate.., play board games : )

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 Imagine the dinner parties you could have in this conservatory ?!

Imagine the dinner parties you could have in this conservatory ?!

In my home, the laundry is outside in the garage. My morning routine involves collecting the washing - from it’s  basket at the back door - and putting it in the laundry as we leave for the school run. As I walk back into the house I duck into the laundry and pick up a clean load on the way. How would a built-in laundry, behind doors in my kitchen, alter this washing ritual ? Just one example of how the layout of a home influences the routines and activities within it. 

 In this Victorian cottage, all four bedrooms open off a long hallway. There is only one journey you must take to travel towards the open-plan living at the back of the house. The benefit of this layout is the un-expected hallway meetings between house guests.

In this Victorian cottage, all four bedrooms open off a long hallway. There is only one journey you must take to travel towards the open-plan living at the back of the house. The benefit of this layout is the un-expected hallway meetings between house guests.

The architecture of a house also influences what goes into it. So, perhaps my desire to experience different spaces is due to my interest in a wide variety of aesthetics. 

While I have a lot of love for my character home - with it’s eclectic ever-changing collection of retro furniture - there are days when I'm curious if my style tendencies would be different thrust into a modern apartment with high ceilings and white walls.

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 What would it be like to live with a newly-renovated bathroom ? I imagine I would enjoy the clean lines and simplicity. Underfloor heating would be nice in winter. But would the walls remain blank for fear of making a hole in fresh paint work ?

What would it be like to live with a newly-renovated bathroom ? I imagine I would enjoy the clean lines and simplicity. Underfloor heating would be nice in winter. But would the walls remain blank for fear of making a hole in fresh paint work ?

The conundrum is that I would greatly like to 'experience' living in different types of spaces, but I have no plans of moving house. Possibly this will become the next sub-niche of Air BnB. Choosing holiday locations based solely of the interior of the accommodation. Just so you can experience uber-modern or quaint-country...or whatever is different to your every-day. A way to ‘try it on’ without committing to the associated life changes.

House-swap anyone...?!

 For a swoon-worthy interior you can actually visit and experience, check out Ahiyla by the Sea...>

For a swoon-worthy interior you can actually visit and experience, check out Ahiyla by the Sea...>

kate alexander