August 12, 2010

The Little Victories

One of the Merriam-Webster definitions for design as a noun is: the arrangement of elements or details in a product or work of art. Another definitions when given as a verb is: to create, fashion, execute or construct according to plan.

This is my son, Little G. As you can see, his design aesthetic goes against any plan other than strewing things about for the sole purpose of making sure everthing is out of the toy bin. right. now. Really. Nothing should be in there. Ever. (In his defense, the picture above was actually taken a few months ago and admittedly, my husband had strewn the toys all about him to be funny…but believe me…this is definitely his current design goal.)

Me? I like order in my design. I like lines and repitition and simplicity and function. I like the beauty of open space. I like muted colors and atonal palettes.

Clearly, my design aesthetic doesn't mesh with my son's.

However, I do have some small victories that I can claim in some unexpected places.

The first place, is my spice cabinet.

Yes, I know that in order for something to be 'a work of art' it ideally would need to be on display…or at least viewable and not tucked behind a cabinet door. But it is there for me. Sometimes I even open the cabinet up, just so I can look at the pretty glass jars and the order of the whole thing.

Interestingly enough, organizing my spices was never a thought closer than the very back of my mind until I had a baby and lost order everywhere else. And now that the bulk of my day is spent picking up strewn pieces of various multi-colored blocks and puzzle pieces and toy musical instruments, I am finding that sometimes, just a quick glance at the pretty jars in my spice cabinet is enough to calm my senses and relax my mind.

And that, my friend, is what good design is supposed to do.

What about you? Where are your small design victories hiding out?

3 Responses to “The Little Victories”

  1. Karen Says:
    August 13th, 2010 at 7:34 am

    That spice cabinet makes me want to stand in front of it with a cup of coffee and just stare at it ALL DAY LONG. Oh the organizational gorgeousness!
    I had small victories…and then I moved in with my boyfriend….I am still looking to reclaim them. LOL

  2. Kara DeFrias Says:
    August 13th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Mine's gotta be my bathroom cabinets. I gained a whole half a cabinet back earlier this year (no more 'feminine' products – booyah!), and took it upon myself to really get the cabinets under my sink in order. I already had double-decker wire sliders in there, but all my little bathroom things fell through them. So I went to a big box bed-bath-type store, and bought silverware dividers. I slipped them into the sliders, and now nothing slips through. Wah lah! A little OCD? Sure. But it makes me smile.

  3. Miriam Says:
    August 16th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Oh Karen – I would not be lying if I admitted to staring at the spice cabinet at least once a day.  It's even better now that I have used enough cinnamon to give it its own matching container.
    Kara – you are an organizational queen!