LOVE THE WAY YOU LIVE: Be Yourself!
Does your home tell your story?
Is your home honestly true to yourself, your family and your lifestyle? In this short four part blog series, we look for clues to discover the rewarding process of designing a meaningful home. We’ll explore the meaning behind the vision for your dream home, we'll identify how you naturally live at home, we'll learn what to shed from where you reside, and how to confidently and truthfully love the way you live.
PART TWO: BE YOURSELF
Reflecting on your personal lifestyle and confidently living it out in your home design.
Every home tells a story. Homes are places that honestly reflect and tell a story about the people who roam its rooms day after day. Part of the beauty of a home, is that it’s a place where you can simply, BE YOU.
Sounds pretty straightforward when it comes to designing a home. However, let’s consider one potential minor setback; outer influences and opinions. There’s the opinion of some designers, your favorite design magazine or website, your friends, your extended family. Stop looking for outside approval, if it feels right for you, it probably is.
A well-designed home is one that fits your unique lifestyle. A home can be functional and beautiful by both working with your personal pattern of living and your personal preferences and tastes. If you prefer a more formal style of living, take heart! Formality does not need to be at odds with functionality, beauty can easily be balanced with function through purposeful and meaningful design planning. A home tells a rich story, your story. Embrace it! Love the way you live. Celebrate who you are.
For instance, if you live a high profile lifestyle and entertain often, even the most sophisticated formal furniture like a sofa or chair can still offer comfort and luxury. On the contrary, if you favor a more relaxed casual atmosphere it can still offer beauty and elegance as well as function.
“Every room is a little showcase of its occupants’ values and personalities. Every room is about memory. Every room gives us layers of information about our past and present and who we are, our shrines and quirks and hopes and sorrows...” (Anne Lamott)