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 about 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 other people live. It highlights issues associated with ageing, health, lifestyle, 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 by me  – 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.

     People   ×     Society  ×     Ideas   ×    Design


Design, Nuala Rooney,

Nuala Rooney, PhD, FRSA, FHEA

Nuala Rooney is an independent design research and innovation 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 a wide range of design programmes up to PhD level.

I am one of the very first people to be awarded a  PhD  in Interior Design in UK  and 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 further explored  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 I 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   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  have 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 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 Higher Education quality review panels as internal and external member. 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 builds rich data on spatial experience.

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

Please contact me on: Email: