A Brief Blog Profile: Remodelista
by Thomas Hynes
There's a prominently featured quotation on Remodelista. It reads: "Have nothing in your house you do not consider to be useful or beautiful." Suddenly, I'm thinking about all the crap in my apartment, some of which I've had since college. Doing a quick a mental inventory, I'm trying to gauge how much of my "stuff" fits into one of the two categories described in the quote above. And suddenly, I feel like shedding all the things that don't... But not the bowling pin clock. I find that to be both useful AND beautiful.
Still, it's a great way to approach home design, and more so, the way we interact with our living spaces. Truthfully, everything I've seen on Remodelista could be described as either beautiful or useful. Often, both. The site is run by a team of five editors. Each one has a page with '10 things to know' about them. Julie once rode a pretty awesome looking Peugot bike. Janet lives on a steep hill in San Francisco's Cole Valley. Sarah once chaperoned Timothy Leary around Tokyo for a week. Francessca has a really beautiful porch in Brooklyn Heights. Christine once worked for I.M. Pei. And they all have exquisite taste.
The site is a great resource for ideas, inspiration and other tales of DIY. There's even this gift guide for the bicyclist in your life. (This should be a hint to anyone shopping for me this season.) (Honestly, how cool is that wine bottle holder?) But to me, the most salient point on here is that quote mentioned above. Is it beautiful? Is it useful? And if not, why do you have it? Why do you live with it? So maybe, Remodelista doesn't technically have the answers for me. But they certainly are prompting me to ask the right questions.