Comfort or Looks?

Comfort or Looks?

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Adrienne Breaux
May 13, 2011

Though it seemed like a lot of folks liked the aesthetics of yesterday's house tour from Austin, many balked at the idea of living in a home without central air/heat and with a few rat friends living in the walls.

Having always lived in old houses with drafts, bugs and a conspicuous absence of contemporary appliances (we're looking at you dishwasher), it's hard for us to remember what a continuously heated house feels like, or if it's something we'd be willing to trade charming aesthetics for. We've known plenty of folks, who after living years in personality-filled older homes, have opted for the simplicity and modern conveniences of newer homes (which can be quite lovely in their own right). In the same vein, we've had friends who choose furniture based on looks alone, comfort be darned, and still others who have super comfy pieces that could use a little aesthetic caring about.

So what is it for you? When it comes down to the line, do you choose comfort…or aesthetics? If two apartments were equally priced and located in the same neighborhood, would you choose the charming older home lacking a few creature comforts or would you go with a more neutral-looking interior with all the modern conveniences? Would you choose a gorgeous-looking modern chair that isn't exactly lounge-worthy, or an old, beat-up recliner that fits you just right? Obviously these are questions of extremes, whereas in life things have a few more shades of gray, but if you had to choose, would you go for comfort or looks?

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Images: Adrienne Breaux

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