One of my major concerns today is the environment, I try to eat less meat, I only buy ecological and food being produced nearby, I cook all my food from scratch, I use only environment friendly detergents and I recycle all I can. I am very far from perfect and I know I could do much more but for now choosing all the green alternatives I can will have to do and from here I will try to do a little bit more every day. I don’t write much about it on the blog because I take for granted that everybody privileged enough to live a life that allows reading interior blogs makes these choices too.
But I just read a comment on a colleagues blog about me painting my home grey and changing style every now and then is being environment unfriendly since it will make people throw things away. I would really hope not but sadly I guess that it could, especially when you are in for a quick change and to me the biggest threat here is the overload of images we are exposed to everyday that makes us bored and longing for change and also all the overload of cheap copies and “create the style” stuff that never lasts. It is my job and it makes me very happy if I can inspire people but changing my home and experiment with interior is my profession as an interior stylist, it is not an average way of living, the most beautiful homes I know are the ones that lasts through decades and through trends and that are made with love not the urge to be trendy.
Even so, if you are interested in interior your taste will probably change every now and then but when you save up for a piece you love and really want, you will most likely not get tired of it even if you want to change your wall color, and if you do you can always sell these kind of objects. If you look closely most of what you see in my home you can recognize in my previous homes, and what you don’t see is either stuffed away at my attic (since I know I will soon like it again) or it has been sold, nothing has been thrown away and when I buy things today it is always things I have been wanting for a long time and often vintage from sites like Bukowskis or 1stdibs and I love the feeling of this life cycle of things wandering around in our homes.
So my hope is that yes, eat less meat and stick to all the environment friendly options you can but most of all, stop buying cheap crap that is probably produced in the worst possibly way and in materials that don’t age and most likely you will probably not keep it for long. All these cheap things will be more expensive together than what you wanted to buy in the first place and most likely you will soon be just as tired of the quick fix as you were before. A home filled with beautifully aged items is a home full of beauty no matter what color you have on your walls.
Let’s keep changing our homes with our hearts (and brains), and let’s recycle our things with each other. I have already put some things (a Worksted chandelier and a Private 0204 rug) out on Blocket and there is more to come.