Often true of the European aesthetic, buying a few true-quality, non-disposable pieces trumps having a plethora of shoddy selections. Less is truly more. In fact, according to Money Crashers, investing in quality saves money in over the span of your lifetime.
Enjoying well-designed pieces and understanding the designer’s inspiration behind the creation adds another facet to quality. It’s interesting, as I often travel to Italy and France to the international design fairs and shows, it is the designer and their creative genius behind a piece that is celebrated. Design shows such as in Dubai, Shanghai, and the States, are often very product and sales driven. Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo further encourages us to buy less and invest in only those pieces that give us joy, according to her best-selling book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, saying “only fill your home with items that spark joy,” she says. I love this sentiment.
Don’t be afraid. A good piece can artistically translate into almost any setting adding a unique and personal charm to the eclecticism of a space. How proud will you be to share the charming history of a piece with your friends and family. Enrich your life with the opportunities available in furnishing a home that uplifts the human spirit, and in that, you’ll spark joy.