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.
If you think about it, your life is a great tool to discovering your personal style. What type of car do you drive? Where do you like to shop? What restaurants are your favorites to frequent? Where do you like to travel? How do you enjoy spending your free time? What are your daily rituals? Do you have children or pets?
Let's dig a little deeper. How do you want your home or office to feel? Is there a room in your home that is your haven? Where do you work best? When you entertain, is it formal or casual? What do you value? Where do you spend most of your time? What makes you happy? Does clutter cause you undo stress?
Then, there are preferences. Many of these come from personal experience and our own lives. What colors are you drawn to over and over again? Are there certain patterns you love or hate? Do textures have a visceral effect on you? Do certain types of lighting create sensitivity for you? Do you like an open casual floor plan or a closed more formal floor plan?
These are the questions I will ask you during our consultation. They help us collaborate together to find ways to enhance your life. It saves you time and costly mistakes when making investments in yourself and your home. I am taking copious notes, analyzing, and discovering who you are, and how I can best serve you.
You can have a minimalist home or office no matter what your personal style. We just have to discover how to make it congruent to who you really are and what serves you best.
After all, design is a lifestyle.