Timeless Living as Lifestyle

I think timeless living begins with the concept that it is a LIFE STYLE not a design style. How we design our homes is only one component of our lifestyle. Do you agree? Or is there an argument that design can create a lifestyle? (If you went to design school, you know the answer is yes, but maybe that’s a topic for another day…) A lifestyle is a way of life, a way of living. It relies on our fundamental belief systems and is created through our actions, our relationships and our day-to-day choices.

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By trade and by passion, I’ll be focusing on the aesthetic aspect of timeless living: timeless design. I think designing timelessly requires a change in thinking and a change in lifestyle. And I think that means creating a lifestyle of restraint. By that I mean, a lifestyle, and a design style, that rejects excess. (The topic of restraint is a big one, so more on this Tuesday!)

Our home should reflect how we live our life, and be integral to it. For each one of us, this is a little different. Each one of us has a different daily routine, different guiding principles, different beliefs. These lifestyle traits will impact our design choices. That means, I don’t really want to arrive at one over-arching definition for timeless living that we can all ascribe to. I want to pursue my personal definition and help you pursue yours, and find a lot of inspiring work along the way!

Here’s what you can expect as this blog progresses, in an effort to further our pursuit.  But don’t think I won’t be posting on other days too just because I don’t have an alliterative subject title!

  1. Must-Read Monday – there are many fabulous design books, blogs and websites out there, and I have so many recommendations. In order to formulate our definition, we must do our due diligence and see what other definitions exist. Sometimes that’s how we find the best ideas!
  2. Timeless Trait Tuesday – if we are going to define timeless design, we must define its traits. (And I don’t mean design style or design elements. We need to define it on a higher level than “linen vs. leather”.) I’ve got a starting list, but I have a feeling we’ll discover many more. And I always want to hear your suggestions!
  3. Fabulous Find Friday – because there will always be beautiful images to share!

What do you think about the lifestyle concept?


3 thoughts on “Timeless Living as Lifestyle

  1. Pingback: Timeless Trait #1 – Restraint | amaranthine aesthetic

  2. our lifestyle effects everything… especially if we are intentional. Enjoyed this post as well!
    Thank you so much for your kind words over at Fieldstone Hill Design! And I totally enjoyed my visit over to your blog too!!

  3. Pingback: Fabulous Finds Friday | amaranthine aesthetic

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