This past Saturday was the annual West Vancouver Museum West Coast Modern Home Tour. I love this event. It’s hard not to go home and despise your own living conditions, but it makes for a great day and gives you a glimpse of what it must feel like to be surrounded by beauty on all sides in a home (both site and structure). I think I could handle it pretty well. I think I might just become a calmer, more peaceful mother and self. I might start baking, or pick up on a raw food diet. I imagine taking up yoga in my living room while my silent children run about in bare feet padding on concrete surfaces, dressed in white linen.
But seriously, for me the striking difference in these homes is less about how they are furnished (I do like my own home in that way), it’s more about how the architecture and its interaction with the surroundings make you feel while inside. Of course, the amazing views don’t hurt, but it’s also the layout and materials, attention to detail and subtle but palpable design decisions that have been made with the structure to maximize an overall feeling of harmony. I love the feeling you get when you’re inside some of these homes.