Saturday, November 11, 2006

Being Comfortable in Your Own Clothes

This is an interior design blog you say, why should you want to talk about clothes?
I'm not, I want to talk about having your own personality in your interior design and decorating.
I was looking at Vogue the other day and I thought how fantastic all these models looked in their designer gowns and jewels, faces painted so perfectly like porcelain dolls and shoes that I could never walk in, and it reminded me of interior design magazines.
I compare these because they always show the extreme of fashion and design. Lets face it do you ever see anyone strutting down the street in the outfits that we see in the magazines?
No it is more like a pair of jeans with a jacket that resembles something from the catwalk, but never the complete package, they seem to be only available for the photo shoots. I think the same thing applies with interior decorating.
We see these beautiful glossy magazines with homes that look too good to be true, and you know what? Some of them are. I bet if you snuck back a few weeks later and photographed the same spaces, you would end up with the jeans and jacket scenario as above. The houses are fluffed and packed for the photos, they probably have good bones but the finishing touches are often staged.
Where I am heading to with this criticism is that we need to keep our expectations real for our homes, by all means get inspired by the glossy magazines, they are there for our pleasure and entertainment, we use them as a tool for our creativity, but don't feel that you can't relax and be comfortable in your own design.
Remember that first and foremost our home is our shelter from the elements. Secondly it is our place of safety and security, and thirdly it is our personality. By personality I mean the decoration should reflect us. It should make you feel safe and secure, comfortable and relaxed, happy to entertain and share your world with others.
I go back to clothing again, have you ever gone out and worn clothing that you have borrowed for a special occasion and it doesn't quite fit properly, too tight here, gaping there? What do you spend the entire night doing? Shrinking into the background because you can't be yourself as you are not comfortable. Think of this when you design your interior, you want to wear your decoration, you want it to fit you and your family, you want it to be original and reflect your interests and essentially tell a story about your life. If you love the outdoors and go fishing every weekend, then why not have that flow through into your decoration. If you are passionate about the classics, then have a few sculptured busts as decoration. Love sports and collect memorabilia? Let it filter into your living room, (I say filter as we don't want to become fanatical!) You're into marine biology, the tropical fish tank is a must! You can see where i am heading. We have pictures of Greek orders of architecture adorning our walls, you can tell straight away that we have a passion for design.
So to summarise, I want you all to consider this article the next time you go to design something for yourself or a client, dig deeper and make sure you find out what they really want to wear everyday!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice insight and good advise... Thank you

trendoffice said...

Immitation is inevitable - that is the purpose of glossy magazines, but after one gets inspired by them the next step is to create something that fits exactly to their needs and tastes. That is something not everyone has the time or inclination to do - here comes our role as desdigners.

Anonymous said...

Great point of view. Many people forget that their house should be a place where they feel confortable, not a museum.
The last thing I want when coming home after a hard working day is a beutiful "not me" atmosphere.

Anonymous said...

What bothers me about the beautiful home layouts is how impractical they are for everyday living, unless of course, your have a maid.

Anonymous said...

One can compare the situation with sport. So, it's about the limits, we, possibly, have to know. And as for me, I like to see extreme surfing, but even can't stay on a desk myself. Than, I guess I know the answer to the question - if one will be offered to choose to view from two interiors, one - like ordinary one with mess and lack of finance or from ELLE Decor or something, which of them he or she will prefer?

Anonymous said...

So true; with two children under ten, simple and easy to clean is it for me. My daughter loves trees and water and my son loves sports and animals, so we settled on photos of water sports and animals for the common aresa and all is happy.
Thanks Lee for your tips, they truly help to make my home comfortable and warm.

Anonymous said...

So true; with two children under ten, simple and easy to clean is it for me. My daughter loves trees and water and my son loves sports and animals, so we settled on photos of water sports and animals for the common aresa and all is happy.
Thanks Lee for your tips, they truly help to make my home comfortable and warm.

Cris said...

I really like the approach in your article. I understand we need to be creative, but the most importante is to be connected with client´s need and style of life. Besides being practical, comfortable and aesthetic. Thanks for this wise insight. Maria Cristina R. Adkins.

Anonymous said...

I totally understand where you're coming from in your article because I am very creative in decorating a box to a mansion. My taste in decor is impeccable if I may say so myself. I find that I can even decorate an ugly dust basket. I just need to start now. Thanks for the advice! Transformation is the key to add personal taste for the client.

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