Beauty and Style in the Home

Beauty and Style in the Home

20th Anniversary Issue   Everyone lives somewhere, and within the span of an incarnation may have any number of different living spaces, owned or not. The following excerpt, from my new book “Beauty Wanted,” offers a comprehensive take on this topic through the lens of personal experience. That said, the overall theme of this book is the special relationship Beauty has with Italy and Italians.  BEAUTY AND STYLE IN THE HOME  I believe that one of the tasks we come to accomplish in life is to identify the decade, era, or century that most calls out to our personal aesthetics and sense of style, of which, I propose, there is overriding one as well as subsets that could be quite varied. A case in point is the Pflug family home in Gary, Indiana during the 1950’s and 60’s. When I was young we were neighbors and for a period of time I was also a friend, affording me the opportunity to experience their aesthetics and expressions of beauty up close and personal. All the homes on our street were built circa 1949 with the same floor plan though different details. The first floor consisted of a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and one bath. There was also another bedroom as well as storage space on the second floor. Architecturally the style was vaguely Cape Cod and substantial in the sense the exteriors were brick. At a time that was quite conventional by most standards and go-along to get-along seemed paramount, the Pflugs were unique in how they used the square footage of their house. Interior changes included removing part...
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