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I recently had a conversation with a client who told me, “If I didn’t become a doctor, I would have loved to do what you do; be an Interior Designer.”
We were discussing her home that she recently purchased and all of the new things she will need to be buying. So I threw out a concept to her which I have always followed. I told her that she should try living a “well designed life”. What does that mean exactly?
Well, it’s the philosophy that you should surround yourself with the things that you love and that you think are beautiful. That means everything you see, touch, and interact with daily should be attractive to you and should speak to your senses and personality.
For example, when you need to purchase items that serve a utilitarian purpose, they don’t need to be unattractive. If you are purchasing plastic storage containers to hold your cereal or store your coffee, why not select containers that you are more attracted to? It doesn’t mean that it costs more, because design is available at every price point. It just means that when you are selecting these small items you should try to be more thoughtful about it. Chances are you will be touching and looking at this object at least once a day, so might as well enjoy it!
There are items all over your home that can be more designer friendly like your laundry basket, kitchen utensils, photo storage boxes, personal stationary, travel toiletry bag, and many more.
So just try it. Next time you need to purchase something that “just serves a purpose” try picking something that feels like it fulfils you on an aesthetic level as well. Don’t you think it’s nice when something serves a purpose and looks good at the same time?