The feeling of home
Finally being ‘home’ in Sweden after over two years made me think about spaces that make us come alive. I’ve always travelled back and forth between Sweden. France and Scotland. Seeing these countries, my friends and families homes evolve and change over time, has been one of my main sources of inspiration. There are places in the world that just make us feel perfectly at ease. Places where we feel truly ourselves, inspired and alive. They are not just spaces that look good, are perfectly put together or showcase the latest trends, but they are spaces that make one feel at home from the moment we step into them – unaffected by the passage of time.
So wondering back to my mum’s home yesterday; it got me thinking and reflecting back on how do we really create a space that makes us come alive? I kept going back to one key idea, time and time again.
Time – the business of modern culture and the notion that everything should be done asap. And when it comes to our homes things are no different. Many desire to create a finished look for our home within months of moving in. But this leaves little for the natural rhythms of our lives to leave their mark. Instead, we rush – and I am guilty of this as well – to fill every corner, only to feel dissatisfied almost as soon as we finished.
But the places that I tend to love the most, are those that have evolved slowly over time. This might be because spaces that have evolved slowly tend to have more complexity. A piece of advice that I live by is to try and move away from the midset of thinking about our home as a finished product. Not every corner needs to be perfectly filled or styled, no matter what pinterest and instagram tell us. So maybe allowing the design of our homes to unfold more slowly is essential for helping us create spaces that help us come alive.
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