Wrap­ping up


This year we have en­deav­ored to touch upon our hu­man­ity through ex­plor­ing de­sign at a deeper level. We ad­dressed higher ways of think­ing about the power of in­te­rior de­sign as well as prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions on how one’s space can pro­vide refuge, sanc­tu­ary, strength and inspiration.

Start­ing the set out with “Food for the Soul,” we dis­cussed how the com­po­nents of our liv­ing, work­ing, or civic spa­ces ei­ther con­trib­ute to or de­tract from our phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal well-be­ing, whether or notwe are im­me­di­ately aware of them. The more aware­ness we have, the more con­scious our de­ci­sions to­ward a goal of sus­tained well-be­ing.

Mid-year we ven­tured into “Ori­gin” and how to build in­ten­tion into de­sign. In to­day’s mar­ket­place we are for­tu­nate to have many op­tions for just about ev­ery pur­chase. Just as we have the choice of fast food or slow food, we can choose “fast” or “slow” in­te­rior de­sign. While the for­mer might pro­vide some­thing that is in­stantly grat­i­fy­ing and tastes good go­ing down, does it pro­vide any nour­ish­ment on mul­ti­ple lev­els over time? There is a value propo­si­tion to be found in a bal­ance of price, sat­is­fac­tion, ex­pe­ri­ence, and qual­ity in­gre­di­ents, after all.

In the fall, we turned our at­ten­tion to the ben­e­fits of tak­ing cal­cu­lated chances in “A Small Leap.” Re­mem­ber, our in­te­ri­ors are our per­sonal can­vases, not fin­ished works, where we can ex­plore, re­ar­range, try out, and test dif­fer­ent as­pects of our per­son­al­i­ties. They are to be kept in mo­tion and evolv­ing to fit our needs and tastes. All de­ci­sions need not be risky, but go ahead and move out on that branch a lit­tle to see what hap­pens.

To­gether we also danced to top­ics around gath­er­ing place, em­brac­ing cul­tures, cre­at­ing tran­quil­ity, strength­en­ing the fab­ric of com­mu­nity, and speak­ing your mind. All top­ics dis­cussed point to­ward how­in­te­ri­ors can be­more sub­stan­tial to us than fluffy pil­lows, and how avail­ing your­self of the process can in­deli­bly shape the im­me­di­ate world sur­round­ing you.

As we close the year, we find our­selves fold­ing, re­flect­ing, dry­ing, ac­count­ing, dream­ing, clos­ing, gath­er­ing. With the cooler weather, we are spend­ing more time nes­tled in our in­te­ri­ors and in so do­ing, turn­ing our at­ten­tion to­ward these spa­ces that sup­port what we do, who we are, and what is im­por­tant to us. As we hunker down and spend time with loved ones near and far, this is the time to con­tem­plate these ques­tions and re­flect on how you can­make changes in your in­te­ri­ors to bet­ter sup­port you and those im­por­tant to you.

This con­cludes our fourth year of writ­ing this col­umn. We thank you for your read­er­ship and en­cour­age you to send us top­ics that we have yet to cover and would like us to ex­plore. We, too, have been re­fo­cus­ing and look for­ward to shar­ing our new col­umn ti­tle (”Live Your Story”) and fresh spin with you in an ex­cit­ing line up of ar­ti­cles in the new year. That is our gift to you, to be un­wrapped come Jan­uary.

Heather Van Luchene, ASID, and Steffany Hollingsworth, ASID, are part­ners in HVL In­te­ri­ors, LLC, an in­te­rior-de­sign firm of­fer­ing pro­fes­sional res­i­den­tial and hos­pi­tal­ity de­sign ser­vices. Both areNew Mex­ico-li­censed in­te­rior de­sign­ers. They can be reached at (505) 983-3601 or info@ hvlin­te­ri­ors.com.

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