How things have changed. It’s as if we live in another world. Now, seeing more than a few people walking towards you on the street has you mentally scrambling to work out a way to keep two metres distance. Empty or shuttered restaurants and shops are the norm and seeing tourists crowding the streets is a distant memory.
People’s house buying habits have also changed. The initial fear of a recession in the property market has faded as a record number of houses are being sold. Agents are busier than ever showing eager punters round as sellers enjoy the pick of the litter. And the stamp duty holiday has even more considering whether it’s time for a change. The biggest winner seems to be the house owner with a property to sell in the country or by the seaside. Over lockdown, I think we’ve all come to appreciate the importance of our home environment. When we’re stuck at home, the bigger our plot of land is, the more options we’re likely to have and, by extension, more opportunities to improve our quality of life. Extra legroom seems more vital than ever – and hopefully for us interior designers, people will want their that space to be beautiful as well as spacious!