INVEST IN BEAUTY

FEBRUARY 15, 2016

ELEMENTS OF STYLE: INVEST IN BEAUTY

While sourcing for a project, I thought some hefty handmade mugs would look pretty on the shelf and also feel good in hand while cozied up by the fire, so I rounded up these drip glaze beauties. The coffee cups may not be as important as the sofa in the design of a home, but if you have to buy something, why not invest in something beautiful. I stumbed upon The Elysian Edit this morning and this Frank Lloyd Wright quote struck a chord with me.

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.

Sometimes the world of interior design can seem full of fluff and superficiality. It can also be something that people don't always see the value in. And I don't just mean the value in hiring an interior designer, but really the value in putting effort into making your space or home the best it can be. It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive, but I do believe beauty (and utility) are worth investing in - especially if these things give you a pretty good return by bringing you comfort, support and joy everyday - kind of like a little design prozac.

Back when I was a design editor and writer, I did a story for PAPER magazine where I had some of the staff from the design firm IDEO photograph and talk about objects in their home in terms of beauty, utility and emotion - basing the story somewhat on Don Norman's book Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things. (Or to put it in today's Marie Kondo lingo - Why do things spark joy?) It was pretty interesting. I will have to try to dig it out of the archives and share it some time.

So, as superficial as it may seem on some levels, on a deeper level, I do see the value in finding, sharing and creating beautiful things and spaces for people - and I feel pretty good about it most days. After all, someone is going to be very happy with their morning coffee.

/JD

+The Elysian Edit
+PAPER
+IDEO
+Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things

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