A few days ago, I said that I have a new project, reinventing the world with the introverts in the majority. To kick that off, I thought it would be fun to design a home for introverts. Granted, all of us have our favorite home decor types, so the details will differ, but can we pretend what the perfect home would be for you? This is just a fun daydreaming kind of exercise, so don’t get too intense over it. (Who am I kidding???? I’m talking with people who live in their heads. Intense is a given!)
First thing in a perfect Introvert world would be peaceful seclusion. This might be a little bit of overkill, but you get the idea:
I don’t think I’d ever find the front door on this one, but it sure is interesting:
This is my fantasy house. It’s actually north of where I live, somewhere in Portland, Oregon, USA. The Wilkerson Residence is gorgeous. No, I haven’t seen it in person, just on television, but I could certainly enjoy living there. The link takes you to the architect’s site and more pictures of the house, if you want to see what it’s like living in the trees.
But for those of us who don’t own an island on a lake, or can drop a house down in the middle of a verdant maze, or build a huge tree house, what else can we mere mortals do?
Maybe a cozy house in a small town? In a quiet neighborhood? If you prefer big cities, I’d bet you would still try to find an apartment in a quiet building, perhaps with a balcony where you can sit quietly and watch the world go by. We introverts are great observers, after all.
We’d need a private space where we can retreat. Maybe a meditation room, or a special nook where we can curl up with a good book. Or a huge, stately library like in Downtown Abbey where you treat yourself to the feel and smell of fine books? it would have a little writing desk where you could record your thoughts.
I’d like a meditation room with filtered sunlight, preferably filtered by green trees right outside my window. I’d want access to a sheltered outdoor zen garden for when the weather is nice. My indoor space would have a gently murmuring waterfall and some fire element, too. I like the new gel fireplaces you can put indoors without having to vent them. Just something small to put on a table top. Staring into a flame is mesmerizing and relaxing.
I love to walk and think at the same time, so I would love an outdoor labyrinth to walk. Mine would have a nice bench in the center so that I could sit and reflect before winding my way back out again.
What would be in your fantasy home?
How would you structure it to keep the world at bay so that you can get the peace and quiet you need to recharge? A wonderful spa tub? Steam room? Gourmet kitchen (with or without a personal cook)?
How would you design your personal space if money and relationships didn’t get in the way?
Or have you already done that? Share with us!
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. Look for my ongoing series debunking the introvert myths (Sunday) and introvert cartoons (Wednesday), plus anything else interesting that I find in the meantime. Come and share with like-minded introverts. I also contribute to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.