Home Design: What Is Your Story?

In my home, we are completely enjoying the new season of Parenthood on NBC. Watching all the interactions of parents, grandparents, siblings, and cousins reminds us of their own family and all of the joy and angst that households bring.

However I have to admit, once again, that among those aspects of the series I truly enjoy is the set design. It is the way every home tells us who these individuals are. There’s Zeek’s and Camille’s hippie-chic style; Adam’s and Kristina’s upgraded traditionalism; Julia’s and Joel’s jettisoning of the past for the brand new, and Crosby’s bachelorhood.

The designers have done a remarkable job portraying the cast — without even viewing actors in these settings we know a whole lot about the characters they will portray.

So how can we get our houses to tell our story? How can people learn about us even with met us? Let us have a look.

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Bosworth Hoedemaker

Zeek and Camille’s house isn’t quite as “high style” as it will have the identical feeling of a life well lived with its assortment of meaningful objects.

Tomar Lampert Associates

Nor is Zeek’s and Camille’s house as pastoral as this (although it does seem that it might have been in an earlier time). In fact, we get the feeling that Zeek and Camille weren’t any strangers to Haight Ashbury.

Felhandler/ Steeneken Architects

Zeek and Camille would be comfortable in this kitchen. Cheerful, colorful, bright and eclectic, this kitchen doesn’t take itself overly seriously.

Vintage Renewal

Zeek’s and Camille’s oldest daughter, Sarah, has moved back in with her parents after a stormy marriage. Evidence that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Sarah is certainly comfortable in the comfortable surroundings of her childhood home.

Dorothy Howard AIA, Architect

Adam’s and Kristina’s upgraded Craftsman house tells us that this is a few as grounded from the past as they are forward-looking. A thick, solid wood entrance door with substantial hardware tells us these people want things which are grounded, while the prosperity of wide and handsome white trimming tells us they’re certainly living in the 21st century.

Goforth Gill Architects

Though Adam’s and Kristina’s home is older. It certainly has the upgraded kitchen with the major island that’s now the middle of family life. In this house the past and future blend together such as the stainless steel mixes together using all the traditionally styled wood cabinetry.

WA Design Architects

As befits their relationship (Julia is your earner, and Joel the stay-at-home parent), Julia’s and Joel’s house is all about being fresh and in the cutting edge. No traditional arrangement for those two, there’s nothing holding them to the past, and their eyes are firmly looking forward.

WA Design Architects

It doesn’t mean Julia and Joel are cool and aloof just because everything in their own home is fresh, shiny and contemporary. Such as the generous amount of wood here, both of these are, at their core, warm and intriguing people.

DM Designs

Cosby the bachelor is that one kid who never seems to develop. He lives on a houseboat if we meet with him.

Celia James

The antithesis of the older brother Adam, Crosby is a dreamer content, for the most part, to gaze at the stars.

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Bud Dietrich, AIA

Consider the front of your home, the face which you see from the street. If that warm and inviting appearance you desire isn’t there, you can change the roof pitch, swap the aluminum for plaster and then put in a new canopy over the door.

Richard Manion Architecture Inc..

Perhaps you wish to convey a more formal and elegant persona, as the white color, symmetry and Chinese Chippendale does here.

Christopher Templeton

Utilize a color palette which identifies and celebrates each portion of your house to convey your love of detail and craft.

Bosworth Hoedemaker

Collections also help convey who we are. Consider displaying a set of classic maps of places we’ve traveled to.

James Cleary Architecture

Perhaps it’s an assortment of artifacts, such as pottery. All the better if they are things you’ve made.

So ask yourself regarding your precious stuff. Where do you keep it? How could you display it? What does it convey about you?

Bud Dietrich, AIA

Even things in your toilet can tell your story. Where’s your engraving from? Was the plant stand an inheritance or flea market find? Is the clock in your bathroom an effort to overcome chronic tardiness?

Envision living

You can tell your story using photography. I can be large and in a position of prominence and of a cherished family member or two. The visitor has to ask, “Who are these people, and what is your relationship to them?”


A wall size replica of a favourite photograph that tells us a bit of the story of you and your family.

Thrifty Decor Chick

Smaller framed photos reminds us of the people who have dwelt here.

Look around your home. Whose pictures are on display? How could you display them to convey something about yourself and your loved ones?

Ward-Young Architecture & Planning – Truckee, CA

You can personalize a room using a bright, daring and favorite color. Remember an all-beige world wouldn’t be compelling.

Do you have a room painted your favourite color? Do not be concerned about resale. A paint color can always be changed. So do what you would like.

Canyon Design Build

Do not hesitate to use bright, bold colors and appliance fashions that convey your fun side.

Jill Seidner Interior Design

Give a wall which now is a shopping list and tomorrow a few scribbles. Do not hesitate to just throw things up there to express who you are and what’s on your mind.

Momoko Morton

A chalkboard, bright colors and personalized objects infuse a room with the story of the people who inhabit it.

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