Once our personal style is deeply anchored in simplicity and appropriateness, then our rooms will reveal their own inward beauty. Beauty in a room requires a point of view, just as it does in a garden. I always think of rooms as gardens because they are similar in many ways. In order to work toward rooms that are in full bloom, you have to plant, tend, and nurture your space carefully. Gardeners know that they can’t kill every weed or catch every falling leaf. This is also true with our homes.
Our rooms cannot be perfectly beautiful without being immaculate or sterile. The essence of beauty—to be able to relax in your rooms. Being part of the creation of beauty, as well as appreciating the beauty at home every day, brings balance to your life.
Blend this trinity of simplicity, appropriateness, and beauty into your home as a natural expression of your personality. List on a sheet of paper of all the things, tangible and intangible, that are beautiful to you. These are the physical, emotional, and spiritual elements that will inform your personal style and allow you to create a home that becomes a sacred place.