The House Transformed

The Wall Street Journal's
Own Magazine
June 2010

Forget the preconceived plans. Combining rooms, eschewing unnecessary amenities and making space for holiday sleepovers -- today’s designers are building and renovating homes based on the lives of the people who inhabit them.

By Stephanie Cavanaugh

Fat was once a sign of prosperity, butterfat being entirely too rich for the poor.  And then the Duchess of Windsor proclaimed that we could never be too rich or too thin.

Being pale was also most fashionable, and then Coco Chanel flashed a body bronzed on the Cote d’Azur and...well, we should all have bought stock in Coppertone. 

Just such a revolution is beginning to happen with home design, spurred by a wobbly economy but goosed by factors as diverse as the aging of the baby boomers, environmental sensitivities and the blossoming of the digital age.

As our lives are changing, so are the ways we use our homes.