My parents always said that I marched to the beat of my own drummer. That is still the case. Recently, I have heard a beat that has resonated with me, that I cannot help to follow the cadence.
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.
I love TEDTalks, and I have a dream of someday standing on the stage presenting my own. Author, Jennifer L. Scott presented a talk entitled, "The Ten-Item Wardrobe." Just the name sparked my interest. Similar to my experience with Ilse Crawford, I ordered the Madame Chic Collection: Lessons with Madame Chic, At Home with Madame Chic, and Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic. Jennifer recounts her experience while studying abroad in Paris. These are easy reads, and I finished them while on my 10-day vacation in Santa Barbara last year. There were several ideas that caused changes in my life.
Buy the best of what you can afford, but it doesn't have to be excessive. For me, I have one closet of clothes. I have enough for every occasion and climate, but I don't feel overwhelmed by my choices. My finer clothes are all bespoke, and I have a handful of my signature cowboy boots I wear everyday. Have you looked in your closet lately? Are there things you never wear? Let me tell you from experience, it is great to hire a personal organizer if purging is difficult for you. By the way, I love helping people purge. If you are busy and need me, I am here to help. It is a freeing experience to get rid of the excess and only live with what you need and makes you happy. This will be an immediate change in your life and your home.
She also talks about defining your personal style. This crosses from fashion to your interior design and down to the silverware you use for you meals. Do you know what your personal style is? Do you think about this when you make purchases for your wardrobe or deciding how to remodel or decorate? Do you feel overwhelmed by all the choices in your wardrobe or making decisions for your home? I am here to expertly guide you through the process of creating a home or office that is of quality, that will withstand the test of time. It really cuts down on impulse shopping. I prefer to make the best decisions the first time. When you are busy, it is important to use your time efficiently and effectively. Investing in your wardrobe and your home is an investment in your well-being. When you look good, and your home is your haven, it has a huge impact on your quality of life.
Everyday should be a celebration. If your upbringing was like mine, we had a set of China, silver, and crystal that resided in a hutch and only used for special occasions. Why not use these in your everyday life? There is no use waiting for a special occasion. It is customary in European cultures to serve with your best everyday. Perhaps you have an item of clothing you have purchased that still has the price tag on it? You are saving it for the special occasion; I'll bet. Let me tell you, I had the opportunity to clean a friend's home after his passing. There were items in his closet that had never been worn with the tags still on them. He was saving them for a special day. That day never came. Why not celebrate your life everyday? Wear and use everything that brings you joy.
During the holidays, I turned to NetFlix for my documentary fix. There is a great documentary, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. I realized how much stuff we accumulate the older we get and the larger our homes become. So, I admit. I am certainly not selling all my worldly possessions, living in a tiny house, and going off the grid. You probably are not going to either. I find that being a busy professional, I crave for my life to be simpler and the less I have (but of the best quality) allows for more time and money for experiences. Could you live with less stuff it made your happier and your life more simple?
One of the ideas presented was does it serve a purpose and bring you happiness. If your Mercedes S550, your Jimmy Choo shoes, and your home with all its amenities brings you happiness, in no way am I saying you must get rid of them. Each of these serve a purpose for you in your life and probably bring you joy. Having a luxury vehicle to navigate through the traffic certainly enhances your daily commute. I am sure when you get dressed and put on those designer shoes, you feel like a million dollars. If you are someone who enjoys the comfort of your home with its luxuries of modern day living, you probably feel that your home is a place of retreat, regeneration, and to share priceless moments with family and friends.
I had a wonderful opportunity to tour a home by John Pawson who is known for his signature minimalist architecture, interiors, and furniture design. I never would have thought of myself as a minimalist designer or that minimalism would have such a impact on the way that I look at design. It was not only aesthetically beautiful, but had an emotional and psychological effect on me. When I walked into the house, it was so calming and soothing that I actually exhaled and felt a sense of calm and peace come over me. The dining room, some would perceive as simple - a dining table and chairs - nothing more. It was the placement of the picture window that looked out over the landscape that served as the art. With a view like that, you don't need art. I was fortunate enough to be there at sunset. To look out that window with that view was a spiritual experience. I loved how everything was hidden behind doors. It was clutter free. Everything had a place. There were only three finishes throughout the home. Each space transitioned seamlessly throughout the home. Many of the furniture pieces were custom designed for the home that accentuated the architecture, style, aesthetic, and feeling of Mr. Pawson's vision. Everything was PERFECT. You could envision yourself living in this home. Each furniture piece served a purpose or function. The entire home was carefully curated. Your life is hectic. You are constantly bombarded with technology and information.
Wouldn't it be nice to experience a well-lived lived everyday in a space that supported you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually?