Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Define your luxury. Celebrate your home!!
Orange roses, simply displayed, is luxurious to me!!
To me, a luxurious life is one full of the things and people you love. It is a "rich" life where one really takes the time to know what is important to them, what their interests are and is able to keep themselves focused on this, build a life around it. It is the simple pleasures that you incorporate into your life everyday that define this idea of luxury for me!!
I associate luxury with the home, not only because I am a designer, but because this is where we actually "create" our lives. Our days begin and end in the home. It is a place where our spouses, children and loved ones live. We use it as a place to gather with people who are special to us, sharing meals and the things that are important to us. It is a place full of special moments, precious memories, family heirlooms; a place where we celebrate good times and find comfort in the bad times. It is a place full of life!!
I think the home should be celebrated!! Take inventory of what you have in your home. Edit out the clutter and showcase what you love. If you love your Grandmother's dishes that have been hidden away, display them or set the table with them tonight!! If you've always disliked the vase that Aunt Hattie gave you, but feel you must display, put it away!! Make a list of the projects you've been meaning to do and put them in order of what is easiest to accomplish and start one!!
Be a keen observer of your own home, go to the space that makes you most comfortable there, take inventory of what draws you to that space and start incorporating that feel into the other areas of your home. I am a firm believer that our environment effects our mood. If you feel your home is chaotic, too cluttered, you are going to carry this feeling with you where ever you go. You want to feel calm and relaxed in your home, this way you can focus on the tasks at hand and enjoy your family without feeling overwhelmed. What makes you feel calm? Is it the color blue? Think about it and figure out how you can add it to your home.
Today's luxury is to "define your luxury" in your personal space. Once you discover it, no matter how small, focus on it and expand it!! Use the things that you've tucked away for a special occassion. Make celebrating your home the occassion you've been waiting for!!