12.21.2010

Jen's Favorite Interior

For "Favorite Interior Tuesday's" today we have Jen from Jen Selk! {A very unique and well thought out blog name - much like mine is, don't you think?}  Jen is a professional writer and editor working in Toronto.  She refers to her self as a hobby decorator, and she loves blogging about design, culture, and crafty projects.  Now, onto one of Jen's favorite interiors...
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When Staci asked me to find a residential interior for this series, I was excited. A guest post for a real designer! By me? Little ol' moi?

That excitement immediately turned to anxiety. There are so many spaces out there. So many beautiful, inspiring spaces. How would I choose just one?

The truth is, I don't think I can pick a real "favourite" interior. That said, the space I chose has remained at the back of my mind since I first saw it in the June 2007 issue of
Canadian House and Home. It's the London, UK home of Alistair Green and Lesley Hinder. The photos are by Kirsten Hinder. Most of them were scanned from the mag, for which I apologize. They're not perfect.

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Actually, imperfection fits, because I think that's what this home is all about. It's certainly why I love it. Green and Hinder are budget treasure hunters, just like I am. Their eclectic space is filled with a hodgepodge of secondhand, collected and rehabilitated finds. And as a result, it feels... real. 

From the carved wood bed from Rajasthan (which actually isn't my taste at all), to the Chinese wedding cabinet, topped with vintage soda fountain bottles from Notting Hill and a temple Budda that the couple picked up in Jaipur, India, everything about this home is personal. And I love authentic personality a lot more than I love perfect design.

After all, we all have detritus from our past lives. We have teddy bears from our toddler days, craft projects from our childhoods. I personally have an extensive collection of antique perfume bottles inherited from my grandmother. They're not exactly my style. If I came across them in a store today, I wouldn't buy them, but I have them now and they have sentimental value, so they've become part of my decor. Do they fit in perfectly? No. But they're imbued with heart, and seeing them makes me happy.

The Green/Hinder home is a bit shabby. The herringbone flooring is worn and the couple's style perhaps too eclectic, but I think it's beautiful. It's a real home, and in that way, it's something to aspire to.
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Beautifully written Jen - I kind of almost teared up at the end there!  And yes, I too love homes with personality, sentiment, and charm.  Thank you so much for participating today Jen, it was a delight to have you!  And be sure to visit Jen's blog Jen Selk for some great reading!
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6 comments:

  1. Love the 1st photo of the bed, My wife and i Have been looking for a bed room idea for a long time and Thats the kicker. Lovely post!!

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  2. Such a fun series. And yes, it was beautifully written.

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  3. What an interesting home! I love how there is a hodge podge of different styles!

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  4. That is a beautiful home; it's lived in and clearly loved and one that would make you feel right at home. I like Jen's comment about her inherited bottle of perfume and the value they bring to her home and it reminds me that great design is about how it makes us feel.

    Oh, and I LOVE those little blue bottles...

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  5. globally inspired -- so hard to pull together and make it work...

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  6. Great post, Jen. I love everything about this interior - the eclectic, worldly decor style is right up my alley :)

    *Tania @ Passport2Design.com

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Oodles of thanks for the comment!