An Interview With George Wendt

Thursday, December 6, 2012

What is your favorite room in your home? We live in our houses, spend most of our time "living in them" but do we enjoy and soak in the wonders of what makes our houses unique? Homes are not made by builders, contractors but rather the people who live in them. What I mean by this is that it is the homeowners that put their personal touches on these houses that make them our humble abodes.
Last week, I ran into a familiar face, George Wendt. Most of you might know him from his crowning role as Norm on the hit sitcom, Cheers. Now, most people who run into George ask him about his role on Cheers and everything that has to do with the sitcom. I on the other hand sat down with him and talked to him about his home. I wasn't sure what to expect as for the style of home he would reside in but I had a gut feeling it wasn't an ultra modern penthouse apartment. I classified him as more of a "homey" lived in style kind of guy and I was bang on with my prediction, although, he does indulge in the finer things in life that his fortune has allowed him to buy.
His home is a gorgeous farmhouse in Los Angeles. It has been said it was the original farmhouse and the land where all the surrounding houses are today were once fields where the owner of the farmhouse would plant his crop. The house was built in the 1920s and is filled with character and personality.
George has been calling this farmhouse his home for quite some time now. He lives there with his wife and three of his children. Although his children are older now, they still enjoy being a close-knit family.
One of his favorite places in his home is his courtyard. Now, I know what our northern readers are thinking, How can he enjoy a space that is only available to enjoy a few months in the year? Well, let's remember that he lives in L.A where the sun always shines.
With leading such a hectic life as an actor, George surprised me by saying he only spends 2 months of the year at home. The rest of his time is spent in New York and other theater driven metropolitan. When he is away from home, he stays in furnished apartments, which sure beats sleeping in hotel rooms 10 months of the year.
My conversation with George Wendt was such a delight! He was a genuinely nice man. He even offered some words of wisdom to young professionals who are starting out in the industry, "Always have fun, no matter what you are doing". In life and in any design project, there will be times when you have to make sacrifices and you will be challenged. In order to reach your goals when it gets tough, remember George's golden words: "Have fun!"
As you tackle your next design project, enjoy each stage of the design. Don't just look forward to the end result and dwell on the fact that it's not done as fast as you want it to be. In life, things take time. You have to be patient and keep your eye on the ball. Start slowly and be prepared for anything that comes your way. So the contractor is a little late on his deadline. Look past that and be grateful that you have a good contractor that is paying extra attention to making sure the job is done right. Sometimes it is all about perspective, the way you look at things.
Think of it this way, and when your design project comes to an end, you will have plenty of years to enjoy it!


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