Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Shell

I'm told San Francisco requires home owners to preserve the Victorian exteriors of their property. Prosperous buyers are gutting the places and finishing them minimally with lots of stainless steel.
What makes sense for one property might not make sense for another. It depends on the condition of the original design. Over the last ten years I have found that debriding dormant inventory works miracles of efficiency in this interior that was built in 1890.

Recently an acquaintance confirmed my all too recent perception that my place is eighteenth rather than nineteenth century in design. She recalled visiting a house owned by an aunt who lived in Boston across the street from the monument to the Battle of Bunker Hill. Karen said my rooms resemble the ones she enjoyed as a child.

Interestingly, over the decades I've been arranging furniture in this place, I have consistently found that eighteenth-century design and minimal, or more aptly essential, furnishing are the most joyful to use and manage. A room containing only necessities that are light enough to move here and there to take advantage of natural illumination and changing use is in actuality many rooms in one. Dedicate space on each floor of the house to store the small amenities that clog activity if left lying around -30-

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