Have you noticed that our interior environments are often mirrors of where we are at a given moment?
A friend who recently saw my home and all its furnishings, artwork, photos of parties and friends, travel mementos and more was suddenly embarrassed for me to see his place, much more minimalist. Yet, knowing he had a loft and some of what the last few years held for him, I described it, without ever seeing it, almost to a “T” because I knew him. And he agreed I was right.
The most important gift we can each enjoy is to live in spaces that reflect us and share in others that reflect them. To wish to live in someone else’s space is to wish to take on part of their life. Each of our spaces are continualy evolving and changing based on our own life changes and events. When we go through a solitary time, our homes look more minimalist, less full of people, pictures and memories; we are in a thinking time, a planning time.
When we are in the middle of living our passions, and have found our purpose, then our homes reflect a fuller, richer type of living with all the attendant parts and pieces. My own home is much like opening a book about me, it tells the story of my travels, of my inspirational Mother, my absent sisters, and my passion about design and the arts. It is also a place for me to entertain and share. As I continue on my path, “stuff” matters less and less, but because I am alway searching elements for clients it is unlikely I will ever be a real minimalist. Many things are here temporarily until they find the perfect home with a client. (Besides storage is expensive!) MG