Thursday, November 3, 2011

Rethinking the Look of Things No. 17 - A Misspent Life

Accessories are not an option, dear.
Willow Bee Inspired Philosophy No. 2

I've been rethinking of a way to emphasize the importance of accessories in our home. Lately some designers are pushing a living space with the editing down of accessories and accents. And if you want your home to feel like a styled catalog shoot empty of life then this design aesthetic is fine. But what happens to living well surrounded by our passions and stories and imperfections?

I'm drawn to the description on Amazon of Mary Randolph Carter's book "A Perfectly Kept House is The Sign of a Misspent Life"...

 A beautiful and inspiring volume, A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of A Misspent Lifefocuses on living well with everything that makes a house a home. This volume explores how real-life tastemakers (photographers, textile designers, fashion designers, writers, artists) integrate their life and interiors to live well with their passions, histories, conveniences, and inconveniences.  Combining practical tips with liberating philosophy—"Don’t scrub the soul out of your home"; "Make room for what you love"—this volume celebrates living beautifully and happily, not messily. 

I think this speaks volumes to living well. Living well with all that defines who we are. Surrounding our rooms with those accessories and accents that tell our stories.

Image Sources: Ralph Lauren, Coco Chanel

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