Lately there has been a lot of discussion and debate over "Authenticity" and its meaning in the design world. It certainly got me thinking too! Join me with a cup of tea as I share my thoughts on this issue. Here are my two bits on what I honestly feel and I would love to share them with you!
Do you believe that authenticity works in home decor? I would like to think so and highly recommend it. I think trend, styles, fashion, fads...... whatever you call it has a very limited shelf life. It is always refreshing to come across a home that is not trying to prove something. Many of us share a common desire to keep a beautiful home. However, the key is not to get swept away by the plethora of fascinating ideas and trends of the design world.
Maintaining or decorating a house should not feel like pressure. A desire to stand out is a virtuous quality. However, it is not ideal for a space that should be primarily your comfort zone. For me personally, the desire to decorate began very early. A time before I was exposed to magazines and the Internet. If I were to sum up my decorating journey, I would say it has always been purely emotional. Moving thousands of miles away from home was hard. I slowly nurtured the idea of making my new home feel like the place where I grew up. Many people who know me well say that my home reminds them of my mom's. This pleases me immensely as that has happily always been my aim :-) Maybe it is my way of trying to reduce the physical distance between me and my roots. My home has my stamp on it and yet I am delighted to have a piece of my childhood with me :-) I feel happy, safe and secure with things around me that have meaning for my family.
Heirlooms in my home are not there to make a statement but to make me feel loved! The souvenirs I collect maybe small, inexpensive or something grand but they all have the same role in my house. They are meant to remind me of the happy vacations, the fascinating journeys and the lovely memories. I like antiques or anything with history. That is just the kind of person I am. I love the history it brings with it and I have the passion and desire to know more about it. I like to romanticise everything.................. including my home :-)
Yes, there is a point to all this rambling :-) I cannot speak for others but my blog is merely a platform to share my thoughts and present you with a selection of pretty things and interesting ideas. However, I would humbly like to believe that it is also a happy place for you to stop by. A place which leaves you energised to create, enjoy and appreciate the little things you surround yourself with. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and in your home "YOU" are the beholder. Do what pleases "YOU". Think of your home as your best friend and be true to it. A relationship with your home is probably the most uncomplicated relationship you will share in your life :-) Take in the inputs and ideas from every one out there but then go ahead and do whatever your heart desires :-)
Modern, Eclectic, Traditional, Global, Contemporary are all tags given to different design styles and perhaps our homes. However, in my opinion authenticity is the most treasured tag. Appreciate the beauty around you and on my blog :-) but be the person you naturally are. Find the beauty and the desire to create within "YOU".
I feel a sense of happiness and belonging when I step into my home and I wish the same for you :-)
Image: My Home.