There’s an obvious beauty to rooms that have been perfectly designed all at once. Like the stylish rooms in magazines, we find the newness and symmetry pleasing. It feels clean and complete; at least that’s how I imagine it must feel. I’ve never actually experienced the feeling of having a ‘finished’ room.
This kind of beauty is something I often find myself looking for. I want the finality of getting the job done and the imaginary satisfaction of success. Maybe it’s the creator in me, but I think I daydream about this feeling because I don’t think it’s actually attainable. Are you ever really done with a design?
While half of me pines for the perfect rooms that I stare at on and offline, I also find myself intrigued by the rooms that seem to buzz with the energy that only comes with time.
I’ve read and written blog posts about layering to make a design feel comfortable and lived in. What I’m realizing now is that it doesn’t matter if I’m literally laying pieces onto each other. The true layering I seek is something that comes with time; not just deep pockets or good design.
This kind of layering is something I’m not going to achieve for years. It makes sense seeing as I haven’t lived in the same apartment for more than a year. Everything I own, including my budding collection of vintage pieces, is new — if only to me. There’s nothing other than my beloved Harry Potter books that I’ve held onto for more than four to five years.
When I flip through books showcasing great homes and spaces I see life stealing the spotlight over design. The living rooms, whether they are filled to the brim with memories or minimalist in style, feature the complexities and intricacies of design that molds and tailors itself to its inhabitants over time.
These rooms fascinate me because of the stories. They’re the spaces that feel relaxed and inviting because they’re not trying to feel lived in. The beauty in these rooms isn’t forced or styled; it’s as simple as breathing. The layers of furniture, art, textiles, trinkets and books can definitely be analyzed as a whole, but the meaning and feeling we get when we’re experiencing the spaces come from a much deeper place. Each item stacks up like the pages of a book to complete a story.
This is the style I strive to find. If you’re going to follow any advice I publish on this blog, remember this: Lose the layers and learn to live.