Home is where one starts from. As we grow older
The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated
Of dead and living. Not the intense moment
Isolated, with no before and after,
But a lifetime burning in every moment
And not the lifetime of one man only
But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
There is a time for the evening under starlight,
A time for the evening under lamplight
(The evening with the photograph album).
The importance of home, in both the literal and figurative sense, is hard to overstate. I love this excerpt from the poem by T.S. Eliot, the imagery is so clear and beautiful. It is funny to me as well that he mentions the photo album, well before social media and smart phones generated more documentation of our lives than anyone could have imagined! But the desire to have a home – to make something inviting, personal, meaningful out of the place where we dwell, is at the heart of what otherwise might seem like a frivolous endeavour. And it is that process of improving one’s home which is a part of improving one’s self, and the hope of making that process just a little bit easier is what drove me to create an online resource for people. Because it is so personal of an undertaking, a home renovation can cause an amount of stress that far exceeds its right to do so, whether it is the budget, the relationship with builders, the time spent in a chaotic existence, or all of the above! Starting with the budget, and the design process, we’ll start to provide a way to make sense of the chaos, and the focus on the home you are going to, not just coming from.