All this talk about being alone at home made me think about the amazing house tours we’ve featured of women who live on their own. Although no two are alike, the common thread is ten women who surround themselves with things that reflect their travels, interests, work, and world views. No surprise they have lots of tips and direction for creating a space that’s personal and all your own...
Here are ten favorites from the past year:
1. Sophia's Bookish Live/Work Apartment (also lead photo above):
Sophia's home opens up to you like the many books she restores; well read, cherished and full of stories to tell. Her apartment isn't bound by a particular style, but rather simply and carefully adorned by personal and meaningful items.
I’m attracted to old things, but I don’t want to live in an antique shop. I tend to buy (usually old) things I love and make them work together as best I can, adding in simple newer pieces to balance everything out.
Living in a smaller space frees me. I enjoy having the freedom to have more money, travel, entertain, and spend on my friends and family. It allows me to clean quickly and be more organized, plus I have a lot less clutter. It frees my mind to only have the important and beautiful things surrounding me.
I grew up with five siblings and shared a room for 18 years. A place that is all mine is something I consider a luxury, and it motivates me to make it a reflection of me, a place where I love to be and where others love to come.
Thinking about what her ideal flat looked like, Molly drew from her experience living in Italy and sought out an apartment that had architectural details she could fall in love with.
A coastal ethos of treasure-hunting is an undercurrent of Eunice’s homemaking, reinforcing her belief that consistently bringing together pieces she loves will create a cohesive environment she can continue to freshen and create anew as time goes on.
Years Lived In: 1
I have the good fortune of knowing a lot of creative people who either ooze style or create art. Seeing how they pair things together and trying to figure out their creative process always inspires me to experiment and apply the same inventiveness to my home projects.8. Alex's Tribute to Her Travels:
Years lived in: 1; owned
In designing her home Alex's goal wasn't to achieve a particular look, but rather to create a space filled with positive visual cues, things that remind her of the people and places she loves.
Years lived in: 6
Shell's space also has a strong connection between the indoors and outdoors, creating a delicate division that is very inviting. Her workstation is flooded with healthy sunlight that nurtures creativity and productivity.
Years lived in: 15 years; rented
Clarify what it is that you love and just bring home those things that really touch you. Never get a piece of furniture just to have it. You’ll choose the wrong thing.