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When we no longer see the flaws (or strengths) in our homes, we reach a state that the Swedes call “home blind.”

The old adage that chores pass unnoticed until they cease to be done neglects those segments of the home—certain surfaces or corners, perhaps even entire rooms—that remain untouched and untidied, shielded from scrutiny by some sort of force field or invisibility mirror.

Drawers, by their very nature, get full; things, as they tend to do, pile up. “Oh, it still works if you…”, one might say about a door handle that requires an elaborate, secret handshake to open. Or, “You get used to it” is muttered to excuse the rattle of an AC vent, as if it were a particularly interfering aunt about whom people say, “Take no notice—that’s just her way.”

  • Words:
    John Clifford Burns
  • Photography:
    Frederik Vercruysse
  • Prop Styling:
    Laura Praet

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  • Words:
    John Clifford Burns
  • Photography:
    Frederik Vercruysse
  • Prop Styling:
    Laura Praet
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