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.
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!
- 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!
- 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!
- Fabulous Find Friday – because there will always be beautiful images to share!
What do you think about the lifestyle concept?