Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to meet a new neighbor and her husband. As it turns out, our homes were built by the same builder and share, essentially, identical blueprints (of course the homes are over 20 years old and have had renovations over time). Our new neighbors asked to tour our home. Thankfully it was acceptably clean for this impromptu showing. Afterwards, this older Southern Belle described my home as contemporary. The most astonishing thing is that a southerner made 5 syllables sound like a 4-letter word…
DAMNIT! Clearly she has taste, class and style… Not one ounce of contemporary in this house…
Our foyers are identical and in mine there stands a department store mannequin I bought for $50 when a retail store went out of business. I always dress her in seasonal attire and fortunately, my clothes fit her easily.
In the other foyer there stood a 200 year old music stand. It was hand carved out of mahogany complete with candle holders so the gospel choir could read the music in the church long before it had electricity. Also, the sheet music displayed was an opera actually sung on stage by a Great Aunt. (Encore!)
In my family room we have a big screen TV complete with a Wii gaming system and an IPod docking station.
Their family room has a fully stocked wet bar and temperature controlled wine fridge. And lovingly displayed in all its glory, a complete collection of Baccarat crystal stemware. (Shaken, not stirred please.)
A final stop on the tour was the master bathroom. Mine is a promo spot for wrinkle creams and hair products lining the countertops and there is always at least one wet towel artfully draped over the shower door.
Their master bath had a jetted-garden tub surrounded by lush, tropical plants and garden cherubs adorably balancing on their heads, fresh fluffy towels carefully rolled and tied with satin ribbons. (Straight out of a magazine layout!)
It’s actually pretty fascinating to essentially walk through your own home as it would be envisioned by someone else. There is inevitably some element you never even considered; a color palette, a style choice, furniture placement, art installation, etc…
I never considered my style as contemporary, but as compared to the neighbors, it’s fairly accurate and since I am comfortable (and not afraid to touch anything, sit on anything or break anything), contemporary is not such a bad word after all.