Our homes are our havens, our temples, our sanctuaries — they are where we go to relax, unwind, enjoy a glass of rosé with the hubs, walk around naked – they are our safe place. But every safe pace needs upkeep and renovation once in a while. Feeling more at home means feeling more in tune with self and we can’t say no to that.
The Vibe’s Just Not Right
You know when you’re meeting someone for the first time and something just feels off? You can’t quite put your finger on it but you’re waiting for the moment you can fake an incoming call from your sister begging you to help her with her kids. It’s the same with your home. When you get to a point where you’re just like “It’s like I don’t even know you anymore?!” When this happens it’s time to unleash your creative side and start looking at the possibilities. You need to say out with the old and in with the new home interior.
What We Fear We Must Do
A wise man once said, “If you are afraid to do it, then you must.” That said — you don’t have to do it alone. Listen – we can’t all be Grant K. Gibson – some people don’t want to be the best home interior designer and nor should they be. “Champagne pink or lace pink? Who cares!” some will say. But then there’s the rest of us who get off on mulling over the differences between pine and cedar. Know which one you are and don’t judge it either way.
You Just Want To Feel Good
Remember the last time you were walking by a quaint boutique and your eyes fell upon those intricate coasters with red ribbons imported from Japan? You have no need for coasters. Who are you to get 8 dollar-a-piece coasters?! Hell – you’re not even the coaster-using type! Well, you are now.
Oftentimes we see things we REALLY want but feel like it’s unjustified because it has no practical use (albeit coasters may be practical yet not particularly necessary) – it’s more of a want than a need and so our guilt rides in and stops us from getting it.
Those impractical coasters, the little antique Rococo cups which you surely don’t need any more of – those are what fuels us. They give us life. They are the outward expression of our creativity and it’s a disservice to ourselves when we deny that. Forget the practicality of it and remember – if it makes you feel good — it’s probably good, especially when it comes to your home interior. Listen to your inner interior design instincts.
Feeling uninspired? Your side hustle used to be an inspiring escape from your 9-5 and now you’re dreading going home to work on it? You go to your girlfriend’s house and she just seems ‘clear’. Well – how you do one thing is how you do everything. In our new age of self-awareness, we know all too well that “we are your environment” so when you feel like it’s time for a life refresher – start with your home interior.
You Are Your Environment
On the other hand, you’re not who you were. You’re entering a new stage of your life. You’ve finally said bye—bye—bye *cue NSYNC* (#sorrywehadto) to your manipulative girlfriends from highschool, the bad friends from college who you don’t have anything in common with anymore, and toxic relatives that steal your peace and joy. You’ve worked so hard on yourself — you go to therapy, you’re religious about praying every night, you never skip mass, and you’re finally ready for your home interior to match with your exterior (pun intended — #sorrywehadtoagain). We know all too well we are our environment so time to get painting and trading that old futton for that chesterfield sofa you’ve been vying for.
In Goodbye, Things, author Fuymio Sasaki describes how embracing a minimal lifestyle with less things can improve our mental well-being. Who knew? In a material world with a love for acquisition who would think? Living minimally and ridding yourself of outdated home decor and no longer inspiring possessions are fabulous ways to rework your home. A good rule of thumb is – if it doesn’t fuel you, it fools you. Clearing the old knick-nacks, souvenirs from old friends (which you’ve only kept because you’ll feel guilty about throwing them away) and digitally storing family photos are all great ways to clear space for the new things you do care for.