It was William Morris - the grandfather of interior design - who said that you should have nothing in your house that isn’t either beautiful or useful. Things have moved on since old Bill’s day, and a simpler logic is now trending: you just shouldn’t have anything in your house that isn’t #beautiful - end of.
Modern manufacturing means that even the most dully practical parts of our homes can now be made stylish and attractive. From toilet seats to kitchen taps, there is no excuse not to make your home a shrine to good design.
Mail order Magic
That devotion to style is also made easier by the way suppliers are trying to make the most of our attention to every last detail. Who would have thought, for instance that it is as easy to buy a new set of doors online as it is a new pair of shoes? All you need is the right size and a sense of style and someone like todd-doors.co.uk will ship them out to you before you can so much as click your heels together. In truth there is a wealth of suppliers to choose from: www.leaderdoors.co.uk, www.1doors.co.uk, doorsworld.co.uk, the list is extensive and the options quite incredible. It just goes to show, there is absolutely no excuse not to have the perfect fittings throughout your home.
Doors are a great example of this sort of mail order availability. Anyone who’s had a new kitchen or bathroom fitted will recognize the front end of the process - which is the fun part. Happily fitting a door or two is considerably easier than wrestling with the plumbing and all the decorating niggles that go with a more major makeover.
The other peculiarly modern twist in this tale is just how disposable all of these fixtures and fittings are becoming. Once upon a time you’d have had a table and chairs and a set of curtains and that would be it for a lifetime. No wonder everyone in those old pictures looks so miserable!
Making happy homes
These days we’re fortunate enough to live in a time of plenty. It means styles go in and out of fashion quicker than they did in your Granny’s day and that makes for a never ending churn of all things domestic. Whether or not you think that’s a good thing, fashion guru Karl Lagerfeld had it nailed when he said, “Fashion is neither moral nor immoral, but it is for rebuilding the morale”.
Lagerfeld may have been talking about clothes, but that’s also what a beautiful home should do. In fact, since we change our homes around far less often than we change our clothes his words assume an added weight.
If your home looks great it will be a source of continual delight to you and your family. If nothing else that should ensure that sometime in the future when your grandchildren come to look over the family photographs they aren’t struck by how unhappy everyone looks!