I’ve been thinking a lot these past few weeks about how living differently with covid-19 is becoming the new norm. People are talking about whether we will actually go back to working, living, communicating and interacting in the same way once this is all over.
I think essentially, we will, but with some tweaks. This experience has taught us that there may be other, new ways of doing things. From working and communicating more online with tools like Zoom, Facebook and WhatsApp to spending more time at home both through work and social life.
So what does this mean for our homes and in turn interior design? If you know me at all you know that I take wellness seriously when I design a space. I talk to creating comfort and joy in your home, and that feeling of being able to come home and let go of the day. This won’t change in anything that I work on. But I also think we will design our homes a little differently moving forward. I think we will want to carve out a space specifically for work. This used to be the trend but with the move to laptops and mobile we were needing a permanent desk less and less, I have a feeling I will be designing more dedicated home offices in my future projects. I also think homes will include a leisure area, this may be an outside or inside space with a small gym set up, bars, straps and weights all to hand for that quick morning workout before the day starts.
Personally, I’ve also noticed that I need to get out into green more and at the moment that’s my garden and space outside around my home. This could be a courtyard, roof top terrace or a balcony. We will value that connection to nature even more moving forward, so I think our landscape designers and urban green specialists are going to be busy over the coming years.
So why not get a head start now? I posted my iso project on Instagram in April, finally got my courtyard and wall garden finished and I’m so grateful for that gorgeous connection off of my bedroom but also the time we spent planting it and now enjoying it all. Think about some changes you can make through this year, whilst we have more time at home and some brain-space and energy to make it happen. And please feel free to reach out if you need help with any area of your home inside and out, if I can’t assist you I’m sure I will know someone who can.