THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY

“How can you, without drying up, make things with the same pleasure, as a gift to others, for so long? The word playful is therefore an important part of our quality as a designer”.

Eva Zeisel, designer

 

Eva Zeisel, as you may know, is a world renowned ceramic designer who will soon be 105 years old.

This is a significant fact because Ms. Zeisel is still actively creating new products, no small accomplishment at her age.

Can you see why the ‘playful search for beauty’ that she refers to is so important? As she herself says, with an 80 plus year career, how else can you keep creating for so long without ‘drying up’?

I will go a step further and say that maintaining a sense of humor is always a good idea regardless of your age or job title.

For an interior designer, adding a touch of whimsy to a room design goes right along with this way of thinking.

In other words, interior design does not need to be a serious endeavor. Being playful, even whimsical, is not only OK it’s practically a requirement.

Perfection is a serious thing.

Therefore, allowing yourself to lighten up and fully enjoy the process of designing and furnishing your home, will benefit you in the long run.

You’ll have the energy to keep going, rather than feeling burnt out.

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TAMING YOUR INNER PERFECTIONIST

Last week, I wrote about the importance of Play, in Life as well as Interior Design.

It took me a long time before I accepted my own tendencies toward perfectionism.

I actually saw it in my son, before I saw it in myself.

Funny how that works.

In any case, I know from firsthand experience that a more playful, relaxed approach to design can seem elusive, at times.

I decided to offer a few tips on how to tame your inner perfectionist, so you can relax into play.

Allow for Imperfection

Yes, this requires a conscious effort.

But, I think that giving yourself permission to be imperfect is a good place to start.

The challenge is to catch yourself in the act, in the moment when you are tempted to ‘fix things’ that seem less than perfect.

Rest assured that other family members will likely not notice if the throw pillows are misaligned on the sofa, and not properly fluffed.

Nor will they notice whether or not the dining chairs are pulled up neatly to the table.

If your expectation is that your home must always look as pristine as a magazine layout – well, most people really don’t live that way.

A magazine is an illusion. Your home is the real thing.

It’s meant to be lived in.

Avoid ‘Matchy Matchy’

Interior designers rarely use matched sets of anything.

Why?

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY

“The word playful is a necessary aspect of our work because one of the problems of our work is that we have to… produce lovely things throughout all our life”.

“How can you, without drying up, make things with the same pleasure, as a gift to others, for so long? The word playful is therefore an important part of our quality as a designer”.

Eva Zeisel, designer

Eva Zeisel, as you may know, is a world renowned ceramic designer who will soon be 104 years old.

This is a significant fact because Ms. Zeisel is still actively creating new products, no small accomplishment at her age.

Can you see why the ‘playful search for beauty’ that she refers to is so important? As she herself says, with an 80 plus year career, how else can you keep creating for so long without ‘drying up’?

Which means that, maintaining a sense of humor is always a good idea regardless of your age or job title.

For an interior designer, adding a touch of whimsy to a room design goes right along with this way of thinking.

In other words, interior design does not need to be a serious endeavor. Being playful, even whimsical, is not only OK it’s practically a requirement.

Perfection is a serious thing.

(more…)