Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Form or Function?

It's the age-old question: Form or Function? Much like heels vs. flats, boxers vs. briefs, at some point we select something based on the practicality of its use, or the way in which it fancies our eyes.
For me, current form v. function decisions usually revolve around something like small kitchen appliances: cool, retro-looks-great-on-your counter vs. a Clydesdale horse of kitchen gadgetry.
I can't even imagine the scope of thought we'd have to put into decisions that come with, say, a complete home overhaul.

For instance, Bedroom: Carpet or Hard Woods?
Lovely white bedroom: White paint + white furniture + hardwood floors, by Tom Scheerer
For looks, nothing beats beautiful wood floors, agreed?

Serene taupe bedroom: Ellen Kennon Full Spectrum Paints 'Mushroom'
But, I can't stand putting dusty feet into my bed. Two solutions, I suppose: slippers and large rugs.
All our homes have had hardwoods in the bedrooms, and I have to say, I think I'm ready for some soft stuff underfoot.

Office: Elegant Sawhorse vs. Chunky HideItAll desk
sawhorse in pink room
Which of us can't see our most productive and creative selves in this clutter-free and complexion-flattering blush office - complete with its sleek glass, sawhorse desk?

Here's our desk at Casa Giese - a very heavy rustic thing I had made years ago in Texas. It does a halfway decent job of hiding all our junk, but it somehow makes me feel bogged down.
In another life, we'll have his-n-hers offices. Actually, mine will be called my "inspiration room." ;)

Bath: To Clawfoot or not?

It's a simple decision, really. If you have the room and budget for a clawfoot with separate shower stall - high five it. If you must do the combo gig, then leave the classic tub to the pretty images. Have you ever tried to take a shower in a clawfoot? It's nearly impossible to do without a) Getting water everywhere and b) Feeling like the curtain is attacking you. Not to mention the high wax-it factor when you try to climb waaay up and over the tub to escape.
Gorgeous form, but certainly not the winner of the multitasking contest.

As this, and other urgent questions circle my brain. What say you?


Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I thought I leaned more toward form, but now that I see these examples, I think I'm more of a function girl-especially when it involves hiding clutter.

life, in small chunks said...

In a perfect world I'd like both - form AND function. But if I have to choose I'd go with function. That's a good question! karin

Jill GG (good life for less) said...

I am more of a form person... where my budget allows (form seems to be more $$$). I am willing to sacrifice difficulty for beauty!

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

TO have a sleek sawhorse desk you also have to have a sleek anal assistant to keep it tidy. Which I would love. But until the second happens, no can do on the first.

Lauren said...

love this!! i am so with you on these!!!

have to be honest that sometimes i put form over function... and then force myself to adjust haha

but i do love me some slippers and rugs layered over HW..

your desk looks great though!!!

ps- your babies are so cuuuuute!!

Kirsten said...

Ha, ha! Too funny. Sometimes, it would be nice if everything came with both factors in mind! But I agree there are days, when a big shaggy carpet is nice, until someone forgets to use the toilet (ie..toilet training kids). Then I say send in the hardwood!

Anna Liesemeyer said...

I am one of those function girls most of the time , but some luxuries in life form takes priority!!! Gorgeous rooms!

Blondie's Journal said...

I think because most of my life it has been function, I am now loving form! Maybe it's the other way around for others. We have a new claw foot tub that I have only taken a bath in twice, but it is heaven. I hear you on the climbing in and out though...dangerous!! ;-D


Rachael said...

Love that shower curtain!! So pretty!

Lauren said...

I am most definitely initially drawn to something by it's form and I tend to get really excited and fall in love with whatever it happens to be. Sometimes the realist in me comes out and I know that the item I just fell for is not very practical or my husband will chime in and make a good point about why it doesn't make much functional sense!

I think it all depends on the item in the end though. Sometimes I just need the form over the function!

my favorite and my best said...

i can certainly attest to the all around impossibleness of clawfoot showers. but they are deliteful to look at.
luckily i have a big ass stand up shower in another bathroom so i have the best of both worlds.

Jenn from Much to My Delight said...

Pardon that a RUFFLED shower curtain?! I have never seen anything like that and think it might be the cutest thing I've ever been introduced to. BTW: My Texas daddy would go absolutely bananas over your rustic desk. Super cool piece.