I still remember my childhood days of using outhouses- all too clearly. Until this day, outhouses are still my least favorite room/ structure, and I will try to avoid at all costs. These “outdoor bathrooms” were never well designed nor tastefully decorated… 20 years + later, and these tiny outdoor rooms are still cold and uncomfortable, dark and scary, and definitely not very attractive. But why? I will never understand.
Growing up, I had many fears of using outhouses: fear of falling in, fear of being trapped inside, fear of someone/ something hiding down inside, fear of mid exposure -the structure falling apart while I’m inside, fear of death from holding my breath… Eventhough I survived unscathed, I still dislike.
This past weekend, at the BC Home and Garden Show, I saw heaven on earth. An “outhouse heaven” to be exact, and I was immediately mesmerized (see attached photos). I must have stood fixed in front of these beautiful outhouse displays for hours… I was genuinely captivated.
Yes, there is still hope.
The idea of painting doors with bold, bright, or contrasting colours never appealed to me, that is until I walked through the cities of India and encountered these (See Photos).
Amongst other things, India’s usage of unconventional choices of colours and brightness on doors caught my attention at first glance, and I immediately took out my camera. It’s a surprising design decision, but I fell in love with the idea instantly – as the doors create interesting focal points for the houses.
I think this eye-catching look could work well with lots of different style homes, and can be most interesting in both interior and exterior spaces. Doors are like faces, but of homes and of rooms. They give the houses a personality without being entered. And depending on the chosen colours and shades, houses can speak through their doors.
Get the look:
Photos like these can be framed into great art pieces.
Use it alone or as part of a large art collection.
I tend to gravitate towards a more simple, elegant, and minimal design when it comes to filling spaces.
Though the pieces need to be carefully thought out and particularly chosen for its contrast and colours.
Colours need to either compliment, reflect, or contrast each other in order to entice the eyes…
Remember to limit your colour(s) of choice to <3 per area or room- this will enable the eyes to transition more easily throughout your space.
Not many people enjoy or appreciate a busy decor – something one should be mindful of when decorating/ staging.
You can always find beauty in simplicity.
Get the look:
Clear glass vase– HomeSense
Berries and branches –Chintz and Company
Photo frame– Ikea
A home is one of the most important investment that a person make in their life. A home is your personal branding, it is the physical window into, or a representation of, who you are. When people enter the front door they are greeted with the essence of you (your individuality, your taste, your attitude, your hygiene, your success, all your likes and dislikes). Like it or not, these are some judgements that is formed the minute a person enters a home.
This is one of the reason why, most people take pride in their space. They want a relaxed, beautiful, and enjoyable space to “live out themselves”, and to entertain their guests. Because of this, many people invest priceless times to finding the right home in the right neighbourhood, and is willing to alter their budget to get into the right space. People also spend countless hours in search for the right paint colour, lighting, drapery, furniture and accessories to decorate their home… Because their home reflects them.
This is also one big reason why it is so hard for home owners to “depersonalize” their space when preparing their home for sale. It is an invasive process. People find it difficult to receive or accept negative feedbacks about their space, just like they would about their attire.
So, when preparing a home for sale, it is important to first, desensitize yourself from your home. This, will enable you to neutralize the depersonalize your personal style, and create a style that will attract the majority of potential buyers for your home. When in doubt, It is best to keep things neutral, clean and at a minimal… Unless, of course, your home and your personal style is already that of what most buyers desire.