Okay, let’s open these doors. As we enter, do we see the same for 2015 as we did for 2014? Are we expecting more for this new year, but leaving some “stuff” still in place? Let’s take inventory of what worked then and needs tweaking or put away for another season. Let’s look at our surroundings whether home or office or perhaps, not last, in the mirror. I’m right there with you so… if something strikes a chord in you, make note for thoughts and actions on this.
For our surroundings, I have consistently written to follow your eye and your heart. One of my favorite designers, Vincente Wolf, (whom I have quoted before) writes, “I believe you can find your own style simply by becoming conscious of the things that bring you pleasure. The path to wisdom, it has been said, is self-knowledge. You can cultivate your own likes and experiences—the colors in a favorite painting, the texture of shells discovered on a beach—and translate these pleasures into the design of your own home. I’m encouraging not imitation, but independence.”
When we come up for air from whatever consumes us daily, let’s practice anew opening our eyes and our senses to “see” and “feel” what we are missing. Another favorite designer, John Saladino, speaks in reference to “open doors,” he is referring to entering into a space, home or for our purpose, our lives. “As you walk through the house, you move from darkness to light, from narrow enclosure to expansive space. The idea [is] of creating a visual journey that draws you—or your eye—along, pricking curiosity, manipulating emotions, and increasing anticipation until the reward is reached…” Combining the principles of these two design giants and my encouragement toward your personal journey is to take a fresh approach for yourselves, your families, and your surroundings in this new year. The market place and technology have made it extremely easy to “try things on for size” and act on them…or not. This applies to our spaces or our personal appearances.
Enjoy 2015 as the doors open for you. Every “door” might not be for you, be discriminating, and move forward with a keen insight. Bueno Salud.
‘Til next time...BB