When we talk about living simply, one of the key components is your own personal style. I'll let you in on a little secret. It doesn't come from Pinterest. You cannot find it in a magazine. It is not what your family tells you it is. It is not what your friends say it is. It is not what the media tells you it is. It is not what billions of dollars of advertising tell you it is. No one else can define it for you. It is about going inside yourself to discover who you truly are, what you really like, and how you authentically live and work. It is a curiosity and discovery of yourself.
I loathe clutter. In fact, when I see it, it makes me quite anxious. When you are a busy professional, a cluttered home or workspace can leave you feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and helpless. Clutter is a significant source of stress for many of us in our daily lives.
Have you ever thought how living in a minimalist home or working in a minimalist office would enhance your busy and chaotic life by simplifying it while still being sophisticated? It can happen, and you will thank me for it.
In 2017, there was a TEDTalk, a series of books, a documentary, and a tour of one of the projects by British Architect, John Pawson that lead me to a new understanding of myself, a lifestyle, and an aesthetic that resonates with me - minimalism.
Treeium is completely different than any other contractor I have worked with in the past, and it aligns with my philosophy of: transparency; efficiency; collaboration with the contractor; communicating to the client; deadlines; and budget.
For so long, many people have believed that interior design is an aesthetic. Yes, that is true, but for me, it is so much more.
It is a thought process. I am constantly asking myself, WHY. Why am I making the choices I am making? I am very critical of everything from the space planning, lighting design, the choice of finishes, fabrics, appliances, plumbing, etc... Why are these the best choices for my clients and how are they going to enhance their experience in their spaces.
Often times, I have had client's say to me, "My architect or (even worse) contractor drew these plans for me." I shudder.
This is like asking advice about your stock portfolio from your housekeeper and losing $250,000.00, overnight. Then, you are mad at your house keeper. Why would you take advice from your housekeeper about your stock portfolio, when that is not her area of expertise?
If you are planning a kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, full home remodel, or a new construction project, I'll bet you haven't consider the importance of lighting from the Title 24 codes requirements (if you live in California), the environment, and how lighting has an effect on us psychologically and emotionally.