Made To Last: Choosing To Design With Longevity In Mind
I have a new appreciation for early mornings. Not that I haven’t always loved them, but this summer has been hot. It’s my best time of day for clear-headedness and to set my intentions for the day. So the early mornings are a relief before the heat builds and the lethargy kicks in.
I should also mention, that I live in a 2-story home with no air conditioning. Something we’re in the mix of trying to remedy. But it’s a slow process. Actually, we’re intentionally making it a slow process, because we don’t want to do this again.
Adding AC to your home, is expensive, it isn’t a sexy purchase, say like new floors or a new couch, and so far it’s ruining all my design plans. And yet, we have to have it. Working in an office that’s 90 degrees is no longer working.
This process is pushing me to slow down and really pay attention to the details. Even when the contractors are trying to move at quick speeds to get you taken care of fast (This is what most of their clients want) we’re slowing down. We have to discover all our options within our budget, our needs, and my desire for everything to be pretty. The solution hasn’t come just yet, but the whole process is a reminder to go slow and to create something that lasts.
Whether you’re choosing wallpaper to cover your walls, updating your closet, or purchasing the unsexy adult things we’re force to invest in, slowing down and getting intentional will not only save you money in the long run, but show kindness to the world around you.
The catchphrase quality over quantity has so much power. From wallpaper, to art prints, to clothing, to AC units, how we create our homes matters and when we focus on quality we’re building a legacy in our design. We open up space by having less so that we can breath and release the pressures of always having to spend, and we put a lot more intention into what we’re creating.
So yeah, this process of adding AC to our home is a bit miserable. There won’t be a beautiful before and after photo at the end, nor will there be as much money in our bank accounts. But with everything we add to our homes (or that I design for the homes of others) intention, quality, and sustainability are always what’s front of mind. Even when it’s not easy.
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