Posted by Staff Writers | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 30-01-2009
If there’s one thing I wish I had, it’s a creative streak. I know I do have a way with words, but when it comes to being artistic, I’m as dead as a dodo. My home is clean and neat, but that’s all one can say about it. Compared to the homes of my friends, it’s a barren space with no sign of personality except for a whiteboard that I use to jot down random thoughts and to-do lists. I hardly have a photograph on display or a picture to hang from my bare walls. Deciding that it was high time I rectified this situation, I called a very creative friend and picked her brain for ideas (I wanted to design my space on my own terms, without help from anyone else). Here’s what she suggested I do to get my creative juices flowing:
• Inspirational Ideas: The trick is to observe carefully – if you have an eye for detail, you’re likely to have the knack for getting things done. And so I began to look, really look, at friends’ and relatives’ houses; I started poring over design magazines; and I began visiting furniture and accessory stores to see the displays they had. Slowly but surely, I could visualize the way I wanted my home to look, and I had more than a few ideas as to how to go about the decorating.
• Individual Ideas: One valuable piece of advice my friend gave me was this – it’s best to develop your own style rather than ape someone else’s. My sister loved the formal look for a living room, but I preferred to go with comfort as my USP. After all, I was not decorating a home, not a showpiece that had to be kept spic and span and photographed for the glossy pages of a magazine.
• Irrational Ideas: Just because it’s never been done before, there’s no reason to not do it. Going boldly where no one has before seems to work well for me, in most areas of my life. I chose to remain single when all my friends and siblings tied the knot one after the other; I chose a different career path from the traditional ones my mom and dad would have preferred; and I live life on my own terms. So why must I choose to decorate according to someone else’s idea of beauty? Even if it was irrational, it was all mine, so I did it.
• Ideal Ideas: And finally, there are some ideas that are ideal for a home. These are the practical ones that help you maintain a clean home (I’m a cleanliness and order freak, a sort of Type A personality) without too much of an effort each day. If you think in terms of easy maintenance, there are some ideas that come to mind, but only if you clean the house on a regular basis.
The experience of decorating my home has taught me a lot – first and foremost that home is where the heart is, and last but not the least, that just as beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, creativity lies in the mind of the designer.