September in our house always equates to the start of school and birthdays month (no one cares about the London Design Festival apart from me) and by this time of year I’m really yearning for a holiday. Whilst home exchange schemes are nothing new, there has been somewhat of a gap when it comes to finding a home and family you can swap with who share your creative background and a passion for design. Until now, anyway.
Behomm (that’s “be home”) was launched in 2013 by Augst Juste and Eva Calduch based in Barcelona. Both graphic designers, they felt there was something missing from their holiday experience, and so they created a new platform which hosts over 1,900 members and 59 countries to choose from. It’s the home exchange community only for creatives and design lovers and boasts the most achingly stylish portfolio from across the globe. Members include architects, designers, stylists, photographers and artists, each with a very unique take on what home means to them. It’s a holiday in itself just taking the time to explore a stranger’s home with similar passions to your own, stepping into their shoes for a short while, don’t you think? I love that you can gain a sense of that family’s personality and enjoy their way of life whilst they experience yours. Behomm takes it one step further from just free accommodation, moving to create new connections between families elsewhere in the world.
I could spend all day imagining wonderful holidays in any one of these incredible homes, couldn’t you? Who knows, maybe one day when we’ve got the new place up to scratch, we could join too…
Behomm is a by invitation only membership but they are offering a free membership trial for a limited amount of time.
*With thanks to Behomm for permission to use to images from their community’s homes.