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24 February 2011

My dream house

I did it again. I stared numbness for about 4 long minutes in front  of a furniture shop. Not that I was windowshopping. It just happened in front of a beautiful kitchen island that reflected who I am now and who I'm becoming. It was immaculte black, and no way I would  want a kitchen in that color, but I loved the style. And so I enjoyed the view and started to embrace the growing desire for a change in my house.

I think it happens every 3 or 4 years for me. Usually that's the lenght of Alfie's working projects. Every time Alfie gets promoted, like this month, and he advances in his career, it's time for us to think about relocations. This time he'll keep being based in Trieste and travel extensively to his sites, so we won't need to move. Time to think about buying a house, then. Oh yes. 

I've been living in rented apartments as a student and for most of my married life, with the exception of a brief period of time when we bought our own house in Abruzzo. But it was far too short (7 months between 2006 and 2007) to fully enjoy it and call it home. We had only just started to decorate it, that we had to move again here to Trieste and rent it out.

I've lived the frugal way eversince, adapting our furniture to the places we found, accepting some tiles or colors and trying not to punch lots of holes in the walls. I even gave up gardening because plants don't like changes. They someow survived the relocation from France to Italy but didn't make it hinterland. I'm too busy being a nomad and exploring new cultures at the moment rather than investing money and energies in permanent interiors.

This doesn't mean I stopped dreaming about the day when I'll be finally settled in my own permanent place. For the psychologist Carl Jung, building a house was a symbol of building a self. He spent more than 30 years building his castle-like structure, believing that the towers and annexes represented his psyche. He even wrote a book (Memories, Dreams, Reflections) in which he described the gradual evolution of his home on Lake Zurich.
Can we know more about who we are by looking at where we live? - Clare Cooper Marcus 
I'm not intentioned to go that autobiographical, I won't delve into the realm of psychology, but I believe in the relationships between dwellings and the people who occupy them. To me, home is a place of self-expression, nurturance and sociability. It mirrors self image and emotional well-being.

When I was a kid, I dreamed about a tree house, hidden in the leaves away from all the devils the world, where I could feel sheltered and safe. Simple days of my youth, influenced by the free-spirited Flo, the little girl of my favorite anime series, Flone of the Mysterious Island (based on the adventure novel The Swiss Family Robinson), who lived on a huge treehouse on a tropical island, where she had all sorts of adventures after a shipwreck.

As I aged, my dream house reshaped itself. I superseded the privacy of the detached tree with a more public space, attracted by Jennifer Beal's apartment in Flashdance, the ultimate urban living experience to me (all lofts in other Adrian Lyne's movies are cool, by the way, like the book-filled fantastic one where Diane Laane spends her cheating afternoons in Unfaithful or where psycho Glenn Close lives in Fatal Attraction). I had fantasies about loft livings, which reflected who I was becoming, a bold self that continually demanded more space to prove its individuality.

The vastness of the loft was perfect to mix patterns and experiments with new styles. Now that I have my defined decor ideas I know perfectly how and where these characteristics should represent my spiritual world and personality, therefore my ideal interior style is different. I love modern spaces with antique accents now. I think matching contemporary with more traditional pieces creates an authentic,  multi-layered and fascinating atmosphere. 

In its arrangement, then, bookcases, photos and plants dominate in my house. I want books to be everywhere and in all different dimensions and styles, even stack up  thes side of a staircase.

As a photomanic, frames in different shapes, styles and sizes will decorate both walls and furniture, so that they show the basic concept of my home: a living and vivid photobook.

And plants ... well, plants can act as sculptures, adding shape as well as liviness to an interior. I want my house full of them!

 via neathome

Awwww, enough about dreaming now. Le me talk to our current landlord and try to persuade him to sell us this aprtment we live in now instead. We could renovate it and make it prettier. And for the time being, that could be an oasis while waiting for our ideal house to be built. Right? :)

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