House-Home: Home, not House01 February 2021
Chapter Two: Make your home functional.
Heart of Individuality: Our Houses
As COVID-19 wrecked a havoc across the globe and quarantining became the new normal, the focus on community living demonstrated a drastic shift and the idea of individuality has surged in popularity. The shift from communal spaces to individual/private ones, affected our daily lives. We had more time to focus on ourselves as individuals, despite the pressing reality of intense city life we all came to love and embrace.
Although we didn’t abandon our the social aspects of our being entirely, we started to realize that we didn’t depend on each other; that we didn’t have to spend our free time in crowded places to “have a good time”; and that there were interesting things to discover when we opened up and spent time by ourselves.
Independence and self-sufficiency has become the individual’s manifestation in the city and our houses become the headquarters to the movement.
Pandemic, House, Office: Home-Office
The concept of “Home-Office” has found its way into our lives with the coming of digital age. This “year of the pandemic” year has shifted the discussion as the concept is more open to new discipline, experience, and commentary.
Along with the COVID-19 pandemic, this concept has gained a power to shape our daily lives. We began to be able to manage things from home, create without having to be in a real office space. This concept triggered the change our “houses” has gone through. And this trigger led to an awareness in how we perceived our living spaces… Walls, floors, curtains, furniture, the view… Each and every detail gained more visibility, and we often found ourselves embarked on a new quest to alter it all.
Home, not House
Thanks to the new-normal, the quarantine, we are used to communicating from afar. Our houses became the “communication centers”. By the time the process of quarantining reached its peak, we were able to fit all our social lives in screens. Our houses became the only spaces we were able to move freely, and we tried our best to fit all our universe in them. They were homes now, not houses. We spent no time getting busy with redesigning and redecorating them to make the atmosphere cozier. We tried to make them more functional. We tried to express ourselves through design and decoration. Some of us made it work, some of us failed. Creating more comfortable, elegant, and functional living spaces is not hard at all. Just make sure to remember some tips and tricks to make it all work.
Suggestions for Creating Functional Living Spaces;
- You can use foldable furniture for home-office purposes, so that when you clock out, you can put away your “office”. This will help you create a distinction between your home-space and office-space.
- Place your desk in front of a window, so that you won’t be facing an empty wall, but a view. This will help you increase motivation and enjoy more daylight.
- If you can’t reposition your desk, you can flex some muscles and paint some walls. Whether single colors or geometrical patterns, the walls can use some new decoration. Plus, you’ll get some new background for your Zoom meetings.
- Other empty walls can also use some new decoration. A new wall-to-wall wooden shelving system will have some room for your books or your tableware. When all the extras are put away, your living spaces will become more atmospheric and spacious. All the more room for you!
- Make sure to get rid of objects that doesn’t serve any purpose. Try to be more practical in your selection.
- You can increase the number of storage spaces. Kitchen supplies, textiles, kitchen utensils an all use organizer cupboards.
- Large spaces can be separated using separators. This will help you get more function-based spaces. For example, dining area can be separated from the living room with a large bookshelf.
- Don’t forget: The main function of your house is to provide you a safe haven. It’ll help you feel comfortable to see the coziness of wood on your floors and furniture. Invite the future in, make room for wooden-based furniture in your home.