16 August, 2010

Little Things Mean A Lot

by Lisa Peck, ASID
We have been designing kitchens, bathroom, home offices and new construction projects over the summer. I enjoy coming up with a concept, viewing the big picture, designing beautiful spaces but as we design these spaces it struck me...for long term enjoyment of the space it's the little things that mean a lot. It's not the expensive finishes that will make you love your space in the long run, it's the fact that an item is always where you want it to be, that the chair in the living room seems to hug you. The small functional things take a lot of effort to get right but in the end it's worth it.
The song says...Blow me a kiss from across the room
Say I look nice when I'm not
Touch my hair as you pass my chair
Little things mean a lot
Give me your arm as we cross the street
Call me at six on the dot
A line a day when you're far away
Little things mean a lot
Don't have to buy me diamonds or pearls
Champagne, sables, and such
I never cared much for diamonds and pearls
'cause honestly, honey, they just cost money
Give me a hand when I've lost the way
Give me your shoulder to cry on
Whether the day is bright or gray
Give me your heart to rely on
Send me the warmth of a secret smile
To show me you haven't forgot
For now and forever, that's always and ever
Honey, little things mean a lot
(written by Edith Linderman and Carl Stutz 1953) (hear the song)
As Edith and Carl wrote this song I think they were imagining the things that would make a relationship long-lasting. What gets you through the years. As you design a home, you want the spaces to be attractive, to have some sizzle, but dreaming about all the things that will make you want to live in that home for years is something you don't want to overlook.
Your relationship with your home will be one of the longer ones in your life, if it doesn't comfort and support you...you may find  yourself wanting to end the relationship. This week we will explore the little things that make you want have your home in your life for years to come.

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