Last month at Wit & Delight, our theme was knowing your personal style. I chose the February theme as a natural next step, as it’s a theme that’s much easier to explore once you’re very clear about how you define your personal style.
This February our theme is to focus only on what you love, in life and particularly as it relates to design.
I find myself coming back to this idea a lot these days, putting most of my focus on the things I love. This approach takes into account how I spend my days, who I spend my time with, the things I choose to bring into my home, and much more.
What we love is a great expression of who we are as people. Figuring out the latter is a lifelong endeavor, but the former is a bit easier to determine.
When it comes to design, what you like is not only aesthetics, but also function. These are things like weight, texture, and scale. It’s all about how a material wears out over time, whether it’s easy to keep perfectly clean, or whether it shows its age. What you love is a reflection of your preferences beyond your favorite color or pattern. That’s why I think this is the most important filter to consider when determining what to bring into your home. And it’s worth noting that there is a cost to No operating this way, a lot of strange baggage that weighs you down and doesn’t fill you up.
Of course, it is not possible for every thing in our homes to light up our hearts with joy. There will be items that are solely for functionality and pieces that represent a commitment to the other people in our home. Alright. This idea is simply about instilling a different mindset: a new lens through which we determine any design decisions we make in the future.
When it comes to design, what you like is not only aesthetics, but also function. . . . That’s why I think this is the most important filter to consider when determining what to bring into your home.
This then raises the question: How know when you really love something It may seem like an obvious answer, but it can be hard to pin down, and the feeling of knowing comes across differently for different people. It is an answer that I will delve into more throughout the month of February. For me, if I really love something, whether it’s a piece of decor, a fabric, or a set of glassware, it’s not enough to just admire it. I find myself instinctively moving towards him, wanting to touch him and see him up close. That physical attractiveness goes far beyond a fleeting sense of curiosity.
In the realm of design, knowing what you love, and acting on that knowledge in your choices, is also about longevity. When you can learn to trust and accept the hunting process, rather than picking up the first thing that catches your eye, the life of the game you bring into your home is much more likely to be much longer.
My hope is that this mindset allows you to find more pleasure in the spaces in your home where you spend the most time. That you will better understand how to identify what you really love and you will feel good letting go of what you don’t.
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Kate is currently learning to play the ukulele, much to the despair of her husband, children, and dogs. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.