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Remains of the Day
How great it would be if all your ideas came to you right when you needed them? But if they did, would they still be great tomorrow? Although I have a general idea of what the interior of my house will look like, I know that as things progress, and as I progress, it will change. A building needs a foundation, but do chairs? What was Frank Lloyd Wright thinking when he bolted the dining room chairs to the floor? A great interior designer, an architect doth not make.
One of the strongest tenets of my design philosophy (there aren’t many), is that an interior should be forgiving of change, whether it’s due to something as subtle as a mood swing or as dramatic as a natural disaster. Granted I wouldn’t want the furniture placement of my living room to be decided by an earthquake, but if it works…
The only designer I know of who manipulates architecture as easily as she does a sectional sofa is Laura Bohn. She, along with her general contractor husband Richard Fiore, can alter a structure as if arranging furniture. They have purchased a new home in Bucks County and are in the process of remodeling. “Richard, let’s move this window over a few feet to accommodate the curtain rod. And while you’re at it, there might be too much curtain puddle on the floor, so raise the ceiling. I’ll go make lunch and we’ll eat when you’re done.” Warning: you don’t want to be a house guest till they’ve completed renovation, unless, of course, you consider a hard hat and tool belt appropriate country attire.
Now back to my house. I am including some photos of the work in progress by Lynn Davis, photographer and cousin. If you are familiar with her work (icebergs and monuments), you can see her distinctive style in the images. The house appears frozen in time, in a state of either construction or ruin; it’s hard to tell which. I know because construction costs so much more, and just try getting a loan to build ruins.