Home is such an integral part of our private lives and yet many of us have spent little time thinking about the feeling of home in much detail. What is it that makes a house feel like a home? Or what it is that makes us feel at home even in places we have never been to before?
Posts tagged: Hand Forged Copper Cup
There is a tension within modern Western culture between the hurried, busy state of the realities of modern life and the slow, meaningful pursuit of the experiences and knowledge that add up to a life well lived. Western culture values achievement: moving forward in measurable increments, tirelessly smashing goals then setting new ones, diligently striving for more. More money, more power, more recognition, more degrees on our wall. But so much of what we value in life is difficult, if not impossible to achieve within the restrictive confines of the desire to produce more, quickly. But things of value take time…
Every single moment is rich in sensation or emotion when we learn how to attend it more fully. Making ordinary everyday moments feel special can help our mind to learn to focus on the present moment and to begin to notice all the wonderful little details that evade us when we are swept up in mind-wandering. Creating a wonderful atmosphere to accompany a simple everyday activity can be a helpful way to nudge our minds to attend to the activity a little more closely. For instance, a simple moment of sitting down to drink a cup of tea can become a mindful activity to be savoured when we learn how to give it our full attention.
Our popular culture favours the new over the old, perfection and homogeneity over the quirks and idiosyncrasies that make things unique. A rigid focus on perfection can be problematic because it is often intertwined with a rejection of things that do not conform to this standard. But by cultivating a more diverse appreciation of beauty, one which makes room for imperfections and signs of age, we begin to develop a more healthy and sustainable aesthetic. We discuss this topic and show some of the signs of wear that our beautiful Blackline Cutting Boards naturally acquire with time and use.
In a world that is so saturated with both things and ideas, bringing our own unique perspective to the table can often seem like one of the few remaining ways to add value. Our homes are no different. Creating a home guided by our unique perspective is what is most likely to inspire not only others but also continue to inspire us. Global trends and mass production can often serve to undermine the very differences that make each one of our voices unique. Cherishing these differences, on the other hand, seems to carry benefits for us all. We discuss some of the issues of global mass production and ways we can avoid that feeling of sameness that can result from it.
There are two ideas that can provide the guiding principles for creating a home that feels authentic. Using these principals can help to empower us to make big decisions like how to design a new home, as well as smaller decisions like whether a piece of furniture or a decorative item is right for us. We present these ideas and share a FREE WORKSHEET that can help you to identify your own guiding principals for decision-making.