When Future Us look back over this period, I think we'll remember a few things clearly: the surreal, Black Mirror-esque nature of the pandemic's sudden impact on our lives; the way it's opened up space for seismic shifts in behaviour and perspective; and home... so many, many days at home.
A while back, we asked our followers on Instagram if they'd like to take part in a new series exploring how our idea of "home" has changed during lockdown, and how we've all adapted our living spaces to meet new demands. It's been a while since we posted on here. As anyone who's ever begun a blog knows, in a perfect world you would post regular content. But, well, good intentions and all but we were perhaps a little optimistic. (Ironically, someone who could probably help with blog scheduling is today's interviewee...we'll be in touch, Denise!) So this post was submitted a while back but, as we ease out of lockdown, much of it still holds true.
It's a really tough time to be running a small business or trying to keep the momentum going on any creative project or ambition, and time and again it seems like it's a matter of trying to ingrain tiny positive habits into each day. Today's tour comes from Denise, one of our customers who lives and works in Abbeyhill, and there are some real gems in this interview for freelancers, those in the creative industry, and for those still working from home. We've had lots of messages lately from people who are moving to Edinburgh, and Denise's words about community are so spot on. Hope you enjoy her words and photos as much as we did. Over to you, Denise...
Can you tell us a little about yourself. Who are you and where do you live? Do you share your home with anyone else?
Hello, I’m Denise and I’m a brand & marketing consultant for small businesses. My husband and I live in the Abbeyhill/Easter Road area and when not working from home, I have a studio in the converted public toilets on London Road.
If we ever get more space, we’d definitely get pets (a cat and a dog) and more plants (!), but currently, we’re only looking after friends’ cats when they’re on holiday.
How would you sum up your home in five words?
Bright, cosy, quiet, safe and ours :)
On a perfect day, how would you like your home to feel?
For me, our home is my safe haven, a retreat from the hustle and bustle of work and the outside world – now more than ever. It’s my calm oasis where I can recharge and relax.
What does the idea of home mean to you?
For me, Scotland and Edinburgh are home. It’s the place where I can be me, where I feel “at home" and am surrounded by like-minded people. It felt like that from the very first moment I set foot in Edinburgh, that’s why I moved here from Germany over a decade ago.
How have you had to adapt corners of your home, or your whole home, during lockdown? Has anywhere or anything taken on a new significance?