For me, good design is a feeling. A feeling that is about emotion and simply put, feels right to you and your home. It is that “something” when you walk into a space that just feels good. It is the indefinable. You can’t put your finger on why it feels right and you certainly can’t figure out how to accomplish it in your own home. Well, that is exactly what I want to teach you how to do, discover your core principles that define the indefinable.
I feel that at times we are defined by our style alone when it comes to our homes. By words such as, traditional, modern, rustic, etc. We take a lot of time to look through magazines, pin beautiful pictures, browse through design books and “like” many different elements. These are all fantastic resources and a great jumping off point. The issue is that we need to make the connection between all of what we “like”. We need to learn how to choose and make decisions with intention for our homes.
There is a step prior to putting a name to your style that is missing. It is the place that I find to be where we need to start. By discovering your core principles you will have the tools and vocabulary needed to make the right decisions for you and your home. You will do some work, but will gain focus and clarity in the end.
One exercise that can help me explain what I mean by the indefinable feeling is with music. I do not know a lot about music, but I understand the feelings I have when I listen to certain songs. “Song for Sienna” by Brian Crain gives me the feeling I want in my home. Play the song, read this post again, and browse through my blog or Instagram feed. See if you can make any connections between the song and my home. Again this is not about style, but the feeling. Is there a song that gives you that indefinable feeling you wish to create in your own home?