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. And it is not about housing, architecture or government policy.
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 different life circumstances.
Most of us live in spaces that were designed by others. But 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
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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