So I shared in the previous post that my love of porches was inspired by childhood memories spent on my grandmother and great-grandmother’s porches. And I was curious to know how others may have been inspired by their family heritage when it comes to home design. So I decided to do something different with this post and allow Aerin Lauder, the granddaughter of beauty industry icon Estee Lauder, to share in her own words how her childhood influences from her grandmother inspired her home design aesthetic. The information she shares will provide insight on how her past, influenced her current collection.
In the last post during the course of my search for vintage home furnishings and accessories I came across a photo of a vintage glider that brought back memories of time spent on my grandmother’s front porch. Both my grandmother (paternal) and great-grandmother (maternal) lived on the same street where the homes had large covered front porches. My great-grandmother had a swing on hers. As a child I often spent my summers running up and down the street depending on whether I wanted to swing or glide. I’ve come to realize this is probably why I have such a thing for porches. A side porch has been on my wish list for quite sometime given that I have a French door to nowhere.
With a name like Robin I guess I was predestined to be a lover of nature and nesting in a small home surrounded by bits and pieces gathered from here and there. Long before the sustainable design movement I was raised in a home where reusing and repurposing was the norm. I hated it at the time but my mother loved the hunt and it seemed like we were always in search of vintage pieces that she could bring home and work her magic on. I was blessed without realizing it because even to this day if I could afford a home of all things new I would not want to live in the land of mass production (what Robin builds a nest with brand new twigs?) : )
If you’re fortunate enough to have hardwood floors you have the perfect frame for an area rug that can instantly add color, texture and drama to your home’s décor. A rug can provide the focal point or overall inspiration for the room. You can go for a high impact graphic design to enliven all white walls or you can choose something more subtle to introduce just the right amount of interest to an otherwise monochromatic space. The options are endless depending on what type of effect you are trying to achieve.
As mentioned in the previous post a good quality sofa is one of the foundational elements of a well designed home that contributes to your home’s initial impression and is well worth the investment. The next element that makes the biggest impact in elevating the overall look of a room is without a question the window treatments. The most luxurious look involves layering windows or doors with a combination of hard treatments, such as wood blinds, woven wood shades or shutters and soft textiles such as draperies, sheers and valences. Window treatments can easily bring texture and color into what might otherwise be a plain or ordinary room.