Yesterday I told you about how I totally freaked out about the state of my home.
But I heard something recently that made me think maybe I’m not doing as horribly as I feared.
While I was still awash with the regret of not trying new things and making mistakes in my home, I listened to this After the Jump podcast with Jon Call.
It was a terrific interview (and I was happy to see host Grace Bonney call it one of her favorite episodes, ever) but Call said a couple of things that really jumped out at me.
He advocated for slow design, a term I’d never heard before but resonated with it at once. I believe in local economies, in quality over quantity–but I’d never applied those concepts to design.
But Call did. Slow design (akin to Slow Food) honors craftsmanship, sustainability, and place. And design that is literally slow–that evolves organically over time–has an authenticity that can’t be ordered out of a catalog or purchased at IKEA.
I loved this bit from the interview, especially because it applies so well to me and my starter house I moved into straight out of college back in 2000:
If you keep a simple interior, it will have time to grow. You can move into it through all phases of your life, no matter who you are. You can start when you’re 19 and till the end of time you’re going to be happy with it.
Now, I’m not as far along the growth process as I’d like to me, but I’m assembling foundation pieces, and colors that make me happy. I’m slowly (slowly) figuring out what kind of space is right for our family and what we want that to look like.
Reading Call’s words, I don’t feel stalled: I feel like I’m moving–growing through all the phases, of life and of design.
Call says that people who put together interiors over years–even decades–instead of in the span of a few months are able to create spaces that are “current and relevant, honest and true.” I’d be happy to have those words apply to my own space, and I think we’re moving in that direction–if a little more slowly than I’d prefer.
I’m resolving to give my house some love, to take care of it in little ways. Like we live here. Like we’re happy to live here.
I’d love to hear your thoughts in comments. (If you haven’t checked out yesterday’s comments section, go do it now. It’s fantastic.)