Anyone At Home  is not a lifestyle blog. It does not sell a product or service or provide DIY tips.  It does not explain how things are made, or give advice on which trends are in/out this season. 


It is about people – and their homes.


For those of us who are lucky enough to have a home it is probably the most intense, meaningful and intimate space that we will ever create.  It is a relationship that continually shifts and changes through life.


 Design is a lived experience. It means different things to different people and it affects people in different ways.


This  site is not about the beautiful, the glossy, the glitzy, the new and the perfect.   These are real homes.   Each story highlights how people  create, interact with, and experience  ‘home’ in all its  many shapes and forms.


As an open resource, this site is for anyone who has an interest in how people live. It highlights issues associated with ageing, health, lifestyle choices, location and changes in personal circumstances. It shows the wider context of design: where and why it is important  – or not.


All the  interviews and photographs are mine  – unless otherwise indicated. I am happy for others to use the images and text for which I hold the copyright ©  as long as I am credited. If you have any queries please  contact me.


I hope these stories will be used to  inspire others, spark ideas, develop understanding, widen connections, dispel myths and fill existing gaps in our knowledge of home.


I would like to thank everyone who participated in this project, for  letting me into their lives and homes, so I could share this with you.


Nuala Rooney, PhD



                                                   People   ×     Society  ×     Ideas   ×    Design






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Nuala Rooney, PhD, FRSA, FHEA



Nuala Rooney is an independent design researcher and consultant based in Northern Ireland.


With over 25 years  teaching and research experience working within Higher Education in Hong Kong  and in the UK,  I have led, designed and delivered creative a wide range of design programmes  at undergraduate and postgrad level.


One of the first people to be awarded a  PhD  in Interior Design in UK, I am passionate about developing the discipline.  My thesis  “At Home With Density: Spatial Representation in Hong Kong Public Housing” (Napier University, 1998) positioned interiors research within the context of high density dwelling.  In my award winning short documentary, A Thousand Pieces of Gold I  investigated issues of home, housing  and density through the medium of  film.


I  have  written widely on the subject of interior/spatial design in both academic and popular journals and am the author of  At Home with Density,   published by Hong Kong University Press (2003).


My research is  concerned with people and their relationship with space.  I use storytelling  to draw out  the wider context of design thinking and to test more in-depth, more creative and more effective methods of communicating social/spatial innovation.


A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy ( FHEA) and  The Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a member of the Design Research Society.  I  worked closely  with Interior Educators (UK) and  presented  at  design  conferences in UK, South Korea and China.  As a member of the Executive Committee of Hong Kong Interior Design Association, I have been a judge at the prestigious Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards and also at the UA Undergraduate Awards.


As External Examiner, I have worked with leading Institutions in UK (BCU and Middlesex University)  New Zealand ( AIT) and Ireland (DIT, GCD). I have  been appointed to various Higher Education quality review panels. Currently, I  am External Examiner for the BA Hons Interior Design at Huddersfield University.


Anyone At Home  is a radical and new approach to design research.

It  helps  people to see, listen, and think more holistically about the questions, problems and solutions that affect  people in everyday life.  It enables new discussions and insights to emerge and ensures that design thinking is  fresh, innovative and real.

I am  keen to  work with and collaborate on projects with others.

With  wide-ranging skills and experience  in Higher Education,  social innovation, design and home/housing I use storytelling to explore and expose  design contexts.  My work develops commercial, cultural, academic and  creative outputs to create unique insights, rich data and visual impact.


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