Bunny Williams | An Affair With A House
Whether you like her aesthetic or not, legendary designer Bunny Williams epitomizes someone who is thoughtful and caring about her home. Her 2005 book An Affair With a House chronicles her thirty year renovation and subsequent upkeep of an 18th century Manor house in New England. I love her choice of the word 'affair.' She is indeed in a relationship with this home.
Bunny Williams' approach to Manor House, as she calls it, is slow, in contrast to so much of how we treat homes now. She writes at the beginning of the book,
"I'm not the type to do up a house and move on. I bought this with the thought that I could live here forever, and Manor House has grown along with me. I'll fix one thing one year, another the next. The design has evolved over a long period of time, which I think makes it even richer."
This mindset is basically the opposite of house-flipping. I think as a culture we'll come to realize soon that fast houses are like fast food - just not very good for you.