I think as a designer, no matter if I'm thinking about interiors, architecture, fashion or hairstyles. I realize that I benefit from appreciating all design.
It doesn't mean that I have to like all design. As an interior designer I know immediately if I would choose to live with or work with a particular style. That being said, I can look at it all -- whether it is stark modern or fussy Victorian -- and at least appreciate it for what it represents.
For me there will always be only one true style that I will always love -- classic New England Americana. Worn cedar shingles in tones of salty grey, bright white trim around all the windows and doors, front yards full of hydrangea, and most likely, worn American flags hanging somewhere off the house, this is the design that I love the most.
For the last few years, I've spent a portion of my summers in Provincetown, a two-hour escape from my busy life in Boston, where I experience an incredible array of Americana-styled capes and colonials that are lined up from the East End to West End. This is where I can get my design fix.
For me, this style signifies that feeling of 'home,' my imagination takes over and I can see the nights laughing with friends in the kitchen, or lazy Sunday afternoons watering the flowers and sipping ice tea on the patio. What is so great down here is the array of homes that you'll find. There are some homes that have been designed to the hilt with custom-made furniture, expensive lighting and very extensive kitchens. Then there are those homes that just are -- hand-me-down wicker sofas covered in an array of found pillows, kitchens so bare that they are almost too hip and worn rugs that are covered in a thin layer of sand from the last ten summers.
Whichever way you like your Americana, there is one thing we can all agree on, but in these days of uncertainty it's nice to know that there is a home out there that can give you a sense of security and a sense of style!
Images are the author's own