Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort. ― Jane Austen
A few weeks ago I posted over on Instagram that I was dreaming of a living room shakeup. I still love our tiny house; however, I miss being able to rearrange my furniture like a 13 year old girl changes her posters. (Wait, did I just date myself?!)
So it was serendipitous timing when a lovely team member from Arhaus contacted me about putting together a living room mood board. And although such a task can easily send me down an existential rabbit hole (I mean, who really even needs furniture…..or things?! #INTJproblems), I reigned it in and actually discovered something: I already own most of what I want for my “dream” living room, albeit I wouldn’t mind a sofa upgrade 😉
Since our house is only 760 sq ft the living room is the hub of our home, unlike the kitchen in most other modern homes. It is also the literal center of our footprint; thus I obsess about it the most. As Heston continues to develop and change, so does our current space. And it will again and again to continue meeting the needs of our little family. From the early colic days when I wanted nothing on the walls or floor or really anything visible that might remotely stimulate our little scream-machine to the current gallery wall and layered rug concoction that has kept us warm this winter, our living room is the heart of our home. And fortunately for me it is filled with things I love. (Maybe I should do a proper show and tell one day soon?) Until then, here is what is currently inspiring me:
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I know it seems counter-intuitive, but a new app has been helping me to zen out! Have you heard of calm.com? I’ve opened it when I’ve wanted just basic spa-like music while at a clients and I’ve used it for actual meditation. You can meditate on your own or use their guided meditations from 2 minutes to 20 minutes. You can also choose different visual scenes, anything from mountain brooks to rainforest leaves. (I of course will choose the ocean every time.) I’ve been genuinely surprised how much I use it…and like it! (The only thing not leaving me zen about the app is their font choice…glad there is not too much of it!)
Over the weekend, I read an interesting article about the art direction/marketing for a genetic testing company. Instead of leaning towards the super-sci-fi ( a la Minority Report) they went with the “I’m your friendly neighbor and, oh yeah, science is fun” approach. As soon as I saw it, I felt like it was something that I could easily find on Target shelves. (I’m not sure if that’s a praise or a slam…)
Here is one of their commercials:
And as I scrolled through their website, it reminded me (a lot) of the now discontinued Dr. Perricone SUPER products. A product whose packaging I really enjoyed.
So, ethical questions aside, I’m not sure if I’m their target audience (35-45 female) but they did indeed sucker me in with friendly, clean, colorful graphics and that chunky sans serif font — so who all wants a DNA test for a stocking stuffer this year?!
I am continually amazed at my own extremes. I know that I can be a bit of an all or nothing personality and that often carries over into my aesthetic choices as well. A recent trip into Ten Thousand Villages reminded me just how much I love the look of bohemian, worldly items. They feel inviting, playful, and adventurous. (Hell, I walked out with a singing bowl!) However, a quick peek into Design Within Reach and I’m shunning anything with trim and superfluous details. Clean, minimal, and modern mean intelligent and intentional.
I know it’s all about balance. And the two items above would actually complement one another beautifully (in my mind). But often, for whatever reason, I feel like I can’t have both. I have to have one OR the other. I wonder where that comes from? But this is clearly not a new concept as I keep writing about it time and time again (maybe I should make it a regular thing?!) See more of my crazy with geography, shoes, hair, & vacations. And I’ll continue to strive for that perfect balance…