|Re: Decor for the Common house||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 11:46:42 -0500|
Good question, and one we will be dealing with very soon. Our programming was that the feel should be "home-like" but our homes are wildly different: a Danish modern geodesic dome with paintbox colors, a chrome industrial, traditional with antiques, etc etc. Plus "home like" needs to contend with stucco walls, metal doors, panic hardware, handicap grab bars and other such un-cozy starters. Preliminary thoughts-- I'd consider three categories: Permanent: stuff that comes from the basic construction: exterior detailing, doors and windows, porches, building materials; ceiling heights and styles, lighting, fireplace or heat stove, if any. This might create a style like Ski Lodge, or Adobe, or Church Parish Hall, or ?? The tricky business of making a large place which is low-maintenance and functional, and yet doesn't seem cold and institutional. Long term: Interior finish like paneling, wall colors, flooring, rugs, curtains or blinds, purchased furniture, which could be changed some day, but probably won't be for a long time. Change-able: Bulletin boards, plants, low-budget or donated furniture, hangings, pictures, display cases. One approach to this would be to have some specifically rotating display areas ( I always dreamed of glass display cases in a foyer, but that is unlikely) that people could sign up to "do" for a certain period. Whatever it was, if some didn't care for it, it wouldn't be a big deal, because it would change. I am a fan of the high-mounted moulding strips called "picture rail". With hardware store S-shaped things you can hang pictures and such from the rail and make no holes in the wall, and easily move things. A special niche in a wall could be a place for a flower arrangement, or sculpture, or such, like the Japanese entry spot. Again, maybe there could be a sign-up for turns. I saw photos of one common house where there was another sort of moulding, a "plate rail" , or narrow high shelf, where art objects were placed. As I think of it, there seem to be a great many things to keep track of once a common house is built, beyond the obvious cooking and cleaning and maintenance. Keeping track of and gate-keeping donated items,. Kid stuff. Periodicals and-or library type items. Bulletin boards. Landscape. Lost and found. Supplies. I wonder if it will be wonderful enough to inspire people to add that energy-output to their already-busy lives?
Decor for the Common house Sharon Villines, July 6 1999
- Re: Decor for the Common house Lynn Nadeau, July 7 1999
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