Ilse Crawford | Leave Room For Change
Ilse Crawford advises homeowners to let their lifestyle shape their home, rather than chasing after a certain aesthetic, which she deems "instantly old-fashioned." She believes homes should be a 'frame for life,' (also the title of another book by Crawford.) It should express your past, present, and future self. It is the story of your life. For instance, if you are someone who is always buying books, it is important to design or procure a bookshelf with room to grow. She explains, "There's only one rule: leave space for change, a place for passing passions, for something else to come along. If things are too defined, there is no possibility for life."
I'm not entirely sure what it means to design for one's future self. Maybe it's just a matter of creating a space with flexibility in order to anticipate growth. It's interesting that the design of all children's rooms takes the future self into consideration. We need to remember, however, that growth doesn't come to a halt when we aren't getting any taller and our shoe size is fixed.