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?