Final month on Wit & Delight, our theme was about attending to know your personal style. I selected February’s theme as a pure subsequent step, because it’s a subject that’s a lot simpler to discover when you’re actually clear on how you define your personal style.
This February, our theme is about focusing solely on what you’re keen on, in life and significantly because it pertains to design.
I discover myself returning to this concept loads nowadays—inserting the vast majority of my deal with issues I like. This method components into how I spend my days, who I spend my time with, the issues I select to convey into my dwelling, and a lot extra.
What we love is a giant expression of who we’re as individuals. Determining the latter is a lifelong endeavor, however the former is a little bit simpler to find out.
In the case of design, what you’re keen on isn’t solely about aesthetics—it’s additionally about operate. It’s about components like weight, texture, and scale. It’s about how a fabric wears over time—whether or not it’s straightforward to maintain completely clear or whether or not it reveals its age. What you’re keen on is a mirrored image of your preferences past your favorite color or sample. That’s why I believe that is an important filter to contemplate when figuring out what you convey into your private home. And it’s price noting that there’s a value to not working on this manner—a whole lot of extraneous baggage that weighs you down and doesn’t fulfill you.
It’s, in fact, not potential for each single factor in our houses to gentle our hearts up with pleasure. There will probably be objects which can be solely for performance and items that signify a compromise with the opposite individuals in our dwelling. That’s okay. This concept is just about instilling a special mindset—a contemporary lens by means of which we decide any design selections we make sooner or later.
In the case of design, what you’re keen on isn’t solely about aesthetics—it’s additionally about operate. . . . That’s why I believe that is an important filter to contemplate when figuring out what you convey into your private home.
This then begs the query: How do you know whenever you actually love one thing? It could appear to be an apparent reply, however it may be arduous to find out—and the sense of understanding presents in a different way for various individuals. It’s a solution I’ll dive into extra all through the month of February. For me, if I actually love one thing—whether or not it’s a chunk of décor, a cloth, or a set of glassware—it’s not sufficient to easily admire it. I discover myself instinctively transferring towards it, wanting to the touch it and see it up shut. That bodily draw goes far past a fleeting sense of curiosity.
Within the realm of design, understanding what you’re keen on—and appearing on that understanding in your decisions—can be about longevity. When you’ll be able to study to belief and embrace the method of the hunt, somewhat than decide up the very first thing that catches your eye, it’s much more doubtless the lifespan of the items you convey into your private home will probably be a lot lengthier.
My hope is that this mindset will let you discover extra delight within the areas in your house the place you spend essentially the most time. That you just will higher perceive find out how to determine what you actually love and really feel okay letting go of what you don’t.
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