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Why Is All this Decorating Stuff So Important Anyway?

By Joslyn Taylor |

If you’re reading this blog, chances are, you don’t have to be convinced of design’s benefits. You’re already in… You get it. But if you’re like me and you, well, breathe it, then you’ve probably been forced at least once to explain to a naysayer “why the heck it matters so much anyway”.

So when I came across a couple of passages in Domino Magazine (RIP) founder Deborah Needleman’s book The Perfectly Imperfect Home that seemed to perfectly encapsulate why decor was darn important and essential, I knew I had to share.

Here goes:

“The point of decorating, as far as I can tell, is to create the background for the best life you can have.

Decoration can be life-enhancing. It can  make dinner parties more fun, kids happier, relaxing easier, talks more intimate, guests at ease. And to think, decorating is often considered frivolous. Making a charmed and happy home is a noble endeavor.

The simple secret is making sure that every decorating decision contributes to the creation of beauty and comfort. Beauty to uplift our senses (to transcend the mundane) and comfort to make us feel taken care of (to embrace us in the mundane).”

Well said Madame Needleman, well said.

We do this home beautifying thing — this fabric fixating, wallpaper waxing, pillow pondering, candle lighting, furniture obsessing enterprise because it makes life better.

Simple as that, yes?

(Image of Deborah Needleman’s living room via Martha Stewart Living.)

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